My creative life has always been my safe haven. My refuge. My sanctuary. Since childhood, I have retreated into my self-expression, namely on the page.
In journals, letters, essays, novels, memoirs...I have examined this beautiful and heartbreaking thing called life, always with the intention of shining a light on an otherwise dim corner to provide relief for myself and others. Writing is my practice, my prayer, my meditation, my way of life and sometimes…my way to life.
Usually it’s quite the other way. People say, “I’m afraid to be that vulnerable. I’m not good enough, anyway,” which means that their inner critic holds court in their minds and they have learned to bow to it, supplicant. It doesn’t have to be like this. We can find profound freedom in our creativity. That’s why I lead my Haven Writing Retreats. I want to help people in their creative expression. I believe it heals. I believe it can change lives and even change the world. While the wilderness of Montana holds the space for our inspiration, I hold the space for my retreaters to step into the wilderness of their writing-- in a nurturing, safe, inspiring setting, no matter where people are on the page.
Each time, I see people leave re-fueled, with clearer intention, and permission to create what they want to create whether it’s a love-letter to future generations, a novel, a memoir, or a way to simply heal their life.
It is such an honor to help people bloom, get unstuck, move through blocks, have breakthroughs, and mostly to see what happens when a group of people take a stand for their self-expression in the woods of Montana. The experience is profound. Our creativity can be our free zone, not our torture chamber. And I want to help make this possible.
For more info email me: Laura@lauramunsonauthor.com
To learn more about this very special Haven Writing Retreat and how to register, simply call us at: 802-362-0570
Or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 5, 2013
Haven Workshop at Massachusetts Conference for Women
2014 (Now Booking!)
Upcoming 2014 one-day Haven workshops:
Story Studio Chicago
Grub Street Boston
Dates to be announced
February 26- March 2
MONTANA WRITING RETREATS IN GORGEOUS WHITEFISH, MONTANA:
Laura's work changing the Suffering Artist paradigm into Empowered Artist is going to reshape the world. If she has to do it one writer at a time, she will.
--Cindy Webb Montana
Laura Munson was a master at bringing out my voice, and the voices of all my fellow writers. Her retreat was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. I learned about writing, but I also learned about myself in ways that were unexpected. In addition, we all formed an amazing bond with each other! The totality of the place, the people, the work and the food was priceless.
--Wendy Hill Westwood, MA
The retreat was a perfect balance of comfort and fear. Laura Munson creates a safe place for writers of every level to uncover their true voice, sometimes for the first time. Witnessing it was as close to a miracle as I've ever come.
--Lynn Trudell Ithaca, NY
Laura's retreat re-ignited my creative spirit. Her intuitive guidance, along with imaginative writing exercises, group readings and individual feedback, helped me re-focus and re-energize. I am more committed than ever to my craft.
--Mary Novaria Los Angeles, CA
Laura Munson can help you breakthrough writing blocks, make your writing sing and pull those stories out of you and she does. I left Montana inspired and on fire to write.
--Erika Putnam Boise, ID
The universe is always sending out messages-songs and stories that need to be told and heard. A retreat with Laura Munson and the wonderful crew at the Walking Lightly Ranch tunes that channel in loud and clear. Run there with your heart wide open. Receive. Be forever blessed.
--Dixie B. Sarasota, FL
Laura Munson transformed my attitude toward writing – from thinking that no one would be interested in my story to feeling rejuvenated with confidence and desire to complete it. The peaceful setting of Walking Lightly Ranch and three days of sharing with the other incredibly different yet like-minded and funny women filled me with inspiration and motivation, and gifted me with 9 new friends of the heart and written word.
-- Christie Boston, MA
Laura cracked me open in ways I so needed- both personally and as a writer- and created a space that was both safe and challenging at the same time. I left Montana forever changed.
-- Christa Allen, Fairfield, CT
Laura's writing retreat inspired me to take myself seriously as a writer for the first time. When I signed up, I did not know what to expect from a New York Times best-selling author; yet, to my delight, I found her to be as down to earth and available as she is in her popular memoir. She easily created an environment of safety and mutual support for the participants while pushing us to stretch in new directions on the page. Continuously extending herself to offer encouragement and valuable feedback on our writing, she also provided vital information on the nitty-gritty of the publishing business. I left the workshop with the confidence and information I needed to take the next steps in publishing my work. Thank you, Laura.
-- Judy Walenta, Sebastopol, CA
I signed up to attend a Laura Munson Haven retreat after completing my first book (The Angel in My Pocket. Viking. Release July 2014). The process left me creatively and emotionally exhausted and I was looking for inspiration for my next writing project. The scenic setting on a quiet lake in Montana along with the small group of talented and thoughtful attendees made for an extraordinary learning experience.
Laura is a pro at teasing out the most essential elements of each of our works and voices. She encouraged gently but firmly and called us all to be our best all within a very comforting and secure environment
I left Haven brimming with ideas. My heart soul and mind were all better having attended a Haven writing retreat.
Laura gives deeply of herself to each of her retreat attendees. I feel honored to have spent four days in her care and my writing is much better for the experience.