Writing for Self-Discovery: Creative Tools and Transformation | August 11 - 18, 2019

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Writing for Self-Discovery: Creative Tools and Transformation | August 11 - 18, 2019


Come to a safe space to find your most authentic voice and your truest words through writing. Join in this retreat where we’ll use generative writing exercises, guided journaling, yoga, contemplative practice, and art to coax your awareness, self-compassion, and creativity, all while experiencing the beauty and culture of Bulgaria. Emerge refreshed from the week with a renewed sense of yourself and artifacts from your journey.

For more information and/or questions email Kelsea Habecker at kelsea.habecker@gmail.com or https://kelseahabecker.com.

You may email info@stoneandcompass.com for questions as well.

* PLEASE NOTE - AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED IN PRICES. Recommended arrival time on August 11, 2019 to Sofia International Airport is before 7:00 PM. Recommended departure from Sofia International Airport is on August 18, 2019 is after noon. Additional nights at an airport hotel can be added to accomodate other arrival and departure dates.

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In this retreat, we will focus on writing as a practice of self-discovery. As such, our emphasis will be more on process rather than product, meaning I’ll be using techniques to stimulate a rewarding and insightful process for you rather than being fixated on perfecting pieces of writing you produce. You won’t be forced to share anything you produce with the group, but there will be chances to discuss writing that does occur for you during the weekend, if you wish.

The retreat will include generative writing exercises, group discussions, personal writing time, and some chats about craft aspects of writing that pertain to the particular prompts we’ll use. I’ll lead generative exercises throughout each day to help your words flow freely and challenge you to try different modes of writing.

You will leave having produced a lot of new ideas and writing starts for a personal writing practice at home, and with new ideas about yourself.

This retreat is flexible enough for writers of any level, so don’t worry if you’re new to writing. If you’re more advanced in your writing practice, you’ll still find stimulation and challenge, too, so don’t worry if you’re in that camp, either!

Each day we will use a variety of activities in addition to writing to foster awareness, presence, and compassion, all aimed at creating a safe space that will help you to connect deeply with yourself and with others, to discover more of your own inner voice, and to allow your own words to flow freely. Practices may include intuitive art making, yoga, brief meditation, guided journaling, or silent hiking. Cultivating silence and space for reflection, contemplation, and awareness is a vital part of any self-discovery and creative process.

We will also be taking time during the retreat to explore cultural and historical sites in Bulgaria, using these excursions to prompt and inspire our own creativity and personal expression.


$825.00 USD

All inclusive includes:

7 nights accommodation in a traditional, restored Balkan farmhouse, writing workshops, restaurant meals, cultural tours, guided walks, airport transfers in Bulgaria, all activity transfers, fully catered including vegetarian and vegan food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks, and full time assistance from local guides/translators.

NOTE: Travel to Sofia is NOT included.

Partner Run Tour

This tour is run by Kelsea Habecker.  You can book and pay online through Stone & Compass.  The tour is held at Stone & Compass Center in Stolat, Bulgaria and Stone & compass provides the logistical support including ground transportation, transfers, accommodations, food, translators, and guided tours of Bulgarian cultural excursions.

Itinerary Overview

Each day includes writing sessions.  Throughout the week there will be a variety of workshops and activities in addition to the following excursions.

Day 1 - Sunday, August 11: Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria and travel to the S&C Center
Day 2 - Monday, August 12:  Relaxing day at the Center with excursion to village & local farmers market
Day 3 - Tuesday, August 13: Relaxing day at the Center + dinner with Traditional Dancers
Day 4 - Wednesday, August 14: Day excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Tsaravets Fortress
Day 5 - Thursday, August 15: Relaxing day at center
Day 6 - Friday, August 16: Arbanasi & Istrum
Day 7 - Saturday, August 17: Relaxing day at center
Day 8 - Sunday, August 18: Travel to Sofia for departure

Detailed Itinerary