Elephant Rock Retreats harness the transformative power of writing in breathtaking natural settings. Many of our retreats are supported by other daily adventures such as yoga and meditation, painting, sculpture, and more. Each retreat is uniquely themed and creatively tailored to its participants. The aim of the retreats? To "peer over the edge of doubt," something Romantic poet John Keats saw as a creative imperative. From this belief, Keats developed his intriguing and freeing theory of "Negative Capability," or the capacity to see the unexpected, to perceive unlimited possibility. Elephant Rock retreats center around extraordinary writing exercises designed to help writers dissolve unseen barriers. Prompts and constraints in the style of the French surrealists and the renowned Oulipo ("workshop of potential literature") are guaranteed to lead you down unexplored paths to hidden truths. Retreats can be a catalyst for breathing life into a stalled writing project or starting a fresh one. Or for overcoming writer's block and rediscovering your fierce original voice.
All are welcome. Beginners will find a safe haven in which to experiment, and experienced writers and yogis will find a refreshingly challenging environment in which to push through blocks and reach new levels of insight. Retreats are facilitated by Jeannine Ouellette, award-winning creative essayist, author, and editor with two decades of writing and teaching experience, including ten years of Waldorf teaching. View her blog here. When yoga is included, those sessions are led by experienced, certified yoga instructors inspired by and aligned with the Elephant Rock mission. Elephant Rock is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.