Summerglow, a writing retreat

Summerglow: Weekend writing retreats in Ontario this July and August.


Is your creative writing craving inspiration and focus?

Even mild winters can be hard. When our bodies slow down, our creative lives often follow suit, and so does our willingness to stop, breathe and listen at the door of our hearts. This is a retreat for people who want to do just that. We’ll write wildly and playfully, using prompts and activities that reconnect us to our lives and longings, our dreams and desires, ourselves.

Here’s how it works:

We will gather on a Friday evening in an old manor house overlooking a lake an hour north of Toronto. What follows will be a luxurious weekend of creative output and self-reflection. Our time will be a mix of writing workshops, group meals, free time, with an extra-long Saturday afternoon silent writing period. Our focus will be ourselves — who are we, the middle of this summer? What are we craving? What are we ready to let go of? Come to breathe, nap, swim, listen to the birds, explore the gardens, walk the labyrinth, make friends and write your heart out.

A glimpse into past Firefly writing retreats at this location:

This retreat is ideal for people who:

~ Are excited by the idea of quiet time, heart connection, and creative self-reflection.
~ Want to share their ideas and their writing with others.
~ Appreciate communal atmospheres and feel drawn to forming connections with others. (That said, this is an introvert-friendly space, and there will be lots of time to do you own thing.)
~ Want to know where their writing will go if, instead of stopping when they get distracted or frustrated, just keep writing.
~ Are craving some time away from Facebook and buzzing telephones.
~ Love claw foot tubs and wrap-around covered porches.

This retreat isn’t for people who:

~ Might prefer to go to a spa. This retreat will involve focused writing and lots of introspection, as well as helping out with some meal preparation and cleanup. This isn’t a space to be catered to, it’s a space to actively co-create.
~ Are working on a writing project they’re not motivated by, like something for work. This retreat is built on the love of words, and tapping into the heart of our writing processes.
~ Believe that their writing can only thrive in a critical writing environment. We believe that writing flourishes with have heavy doses of kindness and support.
~ Don’t want to share their work with others. There will be lots of opportunities to share, and while it’s totally fine to pass from time to time, we’re looking for participants who are excited by sharing, even when it’s a little uncomfortable or squirmy.
~ Honestly can’t go a day without checking Twitter.


August 18-20, 2017

We’ll start on Friday right after dinner, and end on Sunday around 2pm.

Saroo, Danette and Jenna

You’ll have three Firefly facilitators, Danette, Saroo and Jenna.

To help us create a community of care, everyone will be assigned to a “meal team” before the retreat, to help bring and prepare one meal for the group. This will give you an opportunity to connect with some of the participants before you arrive, and to show off that amazing side dish you know how to rock. (Plus we all know that the real party is in the kitchen…) We’ll do our very best to accommodate all food restrictions.

To help with transport, we’ll arrange carpools wherever possible.

Also note: All new-to-Firefly participants will have a chat on the phone with one of the facilitators before their registration is final. We like connecting in person to make sure it’s the right fit.

* Large solo room with en-suite: $750 (“The Rupi Kaur Room”) (FULL)
* Small solo room with no en-suite: $695 (“The Dr. Seuss Room” “The Rilke Room” and “The Zadie Smith Room”) (FULL)
* Semi-shared with en-suite: $675 (“The Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver Suite”) (FULL)
* Shared room with en-suite: $625 (“The Leonard Cohen Room”, “The Alice Walker Room”) (FULL)

When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 deposit to confirm your spot. The balance will be due three weeks before the retreat starts. You’ll also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments if you set this up early enough. There is no fee for this service, we just like to offer it

Ready to dive in?

This retreat is now full.


There’s an FAQ right here with loads more info. If you’re still wondering anything at all, drop Bree a line, she is a fountain of answers.

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