Praise for our retreats

I'm reluctant to share what a life-changing experience my week at Wide Open Writing was because you'll want to come, and another person, and another until it's too big and my spot is taken, or the spot of one of my new best friends I made in Tuscany. Yes, I'm greedy with my love for this retreat, these women, and Italy. But I'm also sympathetic to the lonely job of writing and the lack of support and validation out there for what we do. The week of writing and reading our work cracked open that firewall we tend to put between our words and the outside world. Voices sang to the Tuscan sky from writers from around the world. Separate when we arrived, connected by a thread of love when we left, Wide Open Writing formed the circle we all felt safe to share in, thanks in large part to the wonderful facilitators and the beautiful setting. I came to the retreat expecting a similar experience I've had at other writing retreats, the classic workshop style of sharing work and critiquing, but this retreat allowed participants to open up their imaginations  to new work, new ideas, all with the support of other writers urging you on. It was dream-like. It was special. I'll be back. —Robin Gaines, fiction writer and author of "Invincible Summers"
Our 2015 Tuscany writers.

Our 2015 Tuscany writers.

W.O.W. helped me find my groove. In a constant state of go go go attending a WOW retreat gave me the time and space to step back, power down and turn my writing brain back on. It also helped me find my 'voice' on the page and not be afraid, insecure about using it. I spent way too much time trying to write like other people, and writing as myself feels really good. Yes, WOW takes you away from your daily life. Yes, it forces you out of your comfort zone. Ye,s it brings you in the company of strangers. Yes, it's an expense. But what it gives you in return, is truly the freedom to write the way you were born to. Kalin Sheick, www.stemsandsprigs.com

 

The retreat was most impactful to me in that it was very laid back and I felt as though I belonged. It was nice to be among folks who were like me and we accepted each other exactly where we were in our journey. That was really special to me. There was a freedom to be ourselves and to share our hearts with each other through our writing. It was a magical experience and one that I will cherish always! —Jolly Jeffers Goins

 

I got a group experience that I craved, with fabulous women, some of whom I know and love very much, and others that I wanted to meet very much. —Curry Ander, South Freeport, Maine

 

I can’t express the depth of my gratitude to you for providing such a safe and stimulating place for me to finally believe I am a writer.  The charisma, energy and positive atmosphere…  Amazing leadership, the combination of wonderful participants have made me proud to say for the first time in my life I am a writer here now and always. This is part of the unblocking that came from the trip, and during the workshops, a lovely combination of everything you offered to us. It’s like you know what’s important to you, but it gets buried under a daily barrage of nonsensical stress and doubt and other people’s “reality.” I’m owning my own reality. —Anonymous

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Praise for our instructors

Want to wake up that gypsy soul savant? Crash through those creative barriers? Escape on retreat to some far flung beautiful place? Change your life? Regina Tingle is your girl. An edifying editor with strong connections and creative grace, Regina is a sassy, fun workshop leader who knows how to cry and laugh as you hit that bedrock of your own truth. Being with Regina is about strength, beauty, creativity and dream weaving. Walk alongside Regina? And anything is possible: deep, abiding love; that next book you want to write; the 4.5 million house on the beach. She holds it all with her wide smile, her breadth of experience and her depth. Suzanne Kingsbury, critically-acclaimed novelist and founder of Gateless Gate Writing

Dulcie’s so real and so raw that her workshops can’t help cracking open places you thought were out of reach. Sylvie Kurtz

Regina knocks you out with a radiant beauty that is way more than skin deep. Her vibe is friendly and laid back but her writing is downright fierce. Both a warrior and a goddess, a sentinel and a sage – this girl can anchor down and hold a safe place for your deepest truths and if flights of fancy are your thing, she can help you to fly! Regina’s an enthusiastic gypsy, a wise world traveler and an accomplished dream maker whose warm, vibrant smile is like a bright beacon welcoming you back home – to yourself and the stories that have gathered in the temples of your sweet, vulnerable heart.  Karen Kenney 

Dulcie brings both firm ground and the possibility to reach the moon to her teaching. She penetrates the surface and plumbs the depth until you’re not sure what hit you, but you know she got you. She is a warrior for the written word and the hungry heart. —Jodi Paloni  

 

Regina inspires me to go further into my writing than I would otherwise. Her presence is skillful and insightful. Her relaxed approach to facilitating helps me be more of myself in my writing after sitting with her.  Her workshops rock! —Minton Sparks, spoken word artist, singer, songwriter and teacher of writing and performing arts from Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Want to crack it wide open? Laugh your ass off? Feel truly seen for the first time in your life? Dulcie Witman is the key to all those portals. Sage soul with a twist of the wild child, Dulcie has the powerhouse ability to help you understand yourself in a brand new way. We do all sorts of things to find the truth we are so desperately seeking: twist ourselves like pretzels on our yoga mats, walk on hot coals and read a thousand books, but there’s one thing that really works: step into a class/retreat/one-on-one with Dulcie Witman and find how beautiful that truth that’s been knocking can really look. —Suzanne Kingsbury, Brattleboro, Vermont, critically-acclaimed novelist and founder of Gateless Gate Writing.

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