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Image: "Twelve Women with Birds" courtesy of Emily Balivet

Writing the Body, Dancing the Soul

A Fall Body Soul Writing Retreat

with Marlene Schiwy, Ph.D

November 10 – 15, 2024



Our daily lives are often so rushed and busy that we lose touch with our own depths. Please join us for a Body Soul Writing Retreat this November. Rivendell Retreat Centre is an oasis of peace and tranquility on beautiful Bowen Island, a twenty-minute ferry trip from Vancouver. Come and sink into your own creative process. A variety of writing prompts and exercises, the gentle support and inspiration of the group, the quiet beauty of the setting, delicious food, and abundant spaciousness for reverie and reflection will nourish your body and soul.

The retreat will provide freedom to move, dream, and write according to your own rhythm. In a sacred circle of women, we will write and share, meditate and move, dance and draw, ripen and deepen, as we explore our stories with wild and audacious abandon. We will invite, attend, and dance our stories and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. If you are a beginning writer, this retreat will get your creative juices flowing. If you are immersed in an ongoing writing project, it will offer inspiration and the opportunity to carry it forward.

Our sessions will take place in a large, carpeted workshop room with comfortable easy chairs. There will also be unscheduled time to relax and write, walk through the woods, and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation with other women in the beautiful lounge with fireplace. Evenings will include open readings and informal discussion of the writing process along with several videos.


Join us for this time of nurturing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship. Please bring a large journal or notebook, a dream you are curious about, a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and a dancing skirt.


The all-inclusive program fee includes six days/five nights in Rivendell Retreat Lodge, comfortable single rooms with private bathrooms, all meals and snacks, workshop tuition and materials, and several surprises. Bring your hopes and dreams, your imagination and curiosity, and an open heart and mind. You will leave feeling rejuvenated and inspired!


Please email or call if you are interested in joining us. Payment is due at the time of registration and enrollment is limited. Please contact Marlene ( to request the registration form. Plan to arrive on Sunday November 10th around 3 pm and settle into your room. Our opening session will take place after dinner. We will finish on Friday at 11 am.


Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact me to arrange an individual consultation hour in lieu of a previous course or workshop. If your participation is confirmed the consultation fee ($175) will be applied to your registration payment.

Program fee: Before September 1st

$1725 CAD in Canada

$1725 USD outside Canada


After September 1st

$1875 CAD in Canada

$1875 USD outside Canada



This includes five nights accommodation and all meals, workshop tuition and materials, and a book. The group will be limited to 16 participants.


In Canada payment can be made via e-transfer or personal cheque.

In the USA payment can be made via Paypal or personal check.

Elsewhere, please pay via Paypal.



* Cancellation policy: If you withdraw before October 1st, your payment minus $250 will be refunded. Please note that if you withdraw after October 1st, your payment minus $250 will be refunded only if I can find someone else to fill your space. After November  1st, refunds are not possible.

* In early October a Welcome email will be sent to registered participants. At that time we can discuss car-pooling to Rivendell Retreat Centre from Vancouver.

For registration inquiries, contact: 

Marlene Schiwy, Ph.D
604.734.3554 (studio)

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