17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL 34212                 

Yoga on the Page: Writing and Yoga Retreat
Friday Oct. 25 - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
With Ginny Shaddock, Denver Boskey, & Heartwood Staff

We each have a story to tell and the act of writing about our lives helps us make sense of our experiences with loved ones, family, careers, community, personal struggles, and most importantly, our inner emotional life. Get the guidance and mentoring of an experienced memoir teacher (MFA in fiction) to explore where to start and/or how to dig under the surface into your life story as an act of creativity, self-knowing and mining the wisdom gained from your own life experiences.

This retreat includes 3 days of mindfulness exercises, expressive art, writing exercises, critique sessions, yoga and plenty of reflecting. We will bask in the inspiration of beautiful Heartwood Retreat Center walking the labyrinth, enjoying restorative and/or other styles of yoga, sit in an award-winning Chakra garden to pen thoughts, and gain insight through guided meditations. This retreat is designed to relax the mind, body and spirit, as we learn to dive deeper into writing our life story.

Memoir writing & journaling is less about capturing the events of your life, and more an act of probing the deeper recesses of one’s heart and mind to find connections and meaning in the choices we've made and the direction our paths have taken as life unfolds. Whether you want to write your life story for a more poignant understanding of a particular period of your life, to gain deeper awareness of self, to leave reflective stories behind for future generations, or you want to hone your craft to make your story publication-worthy, this retreat will awaken you to the power of writing as self-discovery. Writing sessions include inspirational exercises and writing prompts to complete during the retreat and elective critique sessions to share and get professional feedback for your writing. Participants are invited to bring up to 5 pages of any work written before the retreat for critique. 

This retreat is taught by Heartwood staff which includes  C-IAYT (certified yoga therapists & ERYT-500 teachers), mindfulness coaches, and writing teachers with MFA and publishing credits.
This retreat begins Friday, April 26th at 3:00 Activities are planned until 9pm. Saturday we have activities (and free time) from 9am till 7 or 8 pm.

We conclude formal activities Sunday, April 28th at 12:00 pm. 

  • Includes dorm lodging Friday and Saturday for out of town guests.
  • 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and 2 breakfasts, snacks (all food vegetarian, organic with vegan and gluten free options.)
  • Leather journal gift

  • Yoga, meditation and art activities with all materials and supplies
  • Writing and Critique sessions & optional breakout sessions in poetry & journaling
  • Transfers to and from Sarasota and Bradenton Airports


Retreat Fee : $360.00

The fee for this retreat is the same whether you choose to stay on site or provide your own accommodations elsewhere. Heartwood Lodging is offered as a complimentary service for those needing a place to stay. Air B & B style rooms at homes very nearby can be arranged for those wanting a private space with private bathroom for 35.00 a night, payable directly to the host. Call us to make arrangements.

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Please read! Due to the intimate nature of our retreats and the limited spaces available, we cannot issue refunds for any reason after you have reserved a space by sighing up. We usually take only 11-12 people, and we fill our events early, making it necessary to turn people away. We offer retreats for a low price considering all you receive, and can only do so on the assumption that all our spaces will be filled. Our staffing, purchasing of food and supplies and other expenses required to provide a wonderful retreat for a reasonable fee does not allow for last minute cancelation or empty spots. Please do not register for an event if you are not sure you can attend, or do not feel comfortable forfeiting your fee if circumstances interfere with your joining us. 

Cutting Ties: Release and Renew Retreat

A day devoted to letting go and moving on from negative relationships or experiences.
Next event TBA

Even when our lives venture down new paths (whether it is by choice or not) we often carry the baggage of the past with us, loading us down and making every step we take feel cumbersome and insecure. The best way to move forward its to shed our burden and cut ties with a negative past. This retreat is designed to refresh the spirit and  help us move on with a ceremony designed to energetically cut ties with people or experiences from our past . Let go of depression, fear, or feelings of loss or hurt, and invite a fresh beginning into your life. Make an event out of your commitment to live a happy and fulfilled life beginning here and now!

This retreat includes gentle yoga, meditation, creative projects, and time for reflection and sharing, all building up to our ceremonial fire ceremony where we will be letting go of the ties that don't serve us.

Retreat Fee : $60.00 - includes a full day of instruction, materials, and inspiration. Refreshments provided.

Spring Sip, Savor, and Serenity Day Retreat
With Kim Engles
Saturday, Sept. 21, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Enjoy a rejuvenating day featuring wine tasting, yoga and meditative activities to honor your heart center. This day of self-love will allow you to:

  • Drink in the serenity of the healing space at Heartwood Retreat Center enjoying the beautiful grounds including Chakra garden and Labyrinth and Meditation Gazebo.
  • Restore heart & soul in a blissful, tranquil Yoga Nidra practice. This practice creates a space of healing for the mind and spirit while the body enjoys complete comfort & relaxation!
  • Create your very own hand-etched wine glass and aromatherapy products including an eye pillow.
  • Sip wine during a tasting with a professional wine expert. (Wine will be available to purchase from the presenter to enjoy at home.)
  • Savor the seasonal tastes of a vegetarian supper.
  • Other surprises if the day will be sure to touch your heart! 

Join me for a beautiful day of self-care opening the mind, heart and soul to more compassion, love and serenity.

Retreat Fee - $ 85.00, Includes wine tasting, dinner, art materials and a lovely day of activity.

Women Unwinding – A Weekend Retreat For Women Who Do Too Much combined with Sip, Savor and Serenity!
Sept. 20-22. Friday 3:00 pm till Sunday 12:00

Step back from the overwhelming overload of work, caregiving, chores, expectations, and endless responsibilities to join other women balancing overfilled lives for a weekend devoted to honoring our feminine power, perseverance and divine spirit. Join the women’s circle to unwind and revive our depleted spirits, and fill our empty soul tanks with inspiration, self-care, self-discovery, and self-love.   This retreat includes yoga on and off the mat with labyrinth walking, fire ceremony, garden meditation, journaling, Soul collage, gong meditation, great conversation, and more.   We will explore how our lives get to be so filled, yet not necessarily “full”, and learn methods to invite peace, harmony and space into our world so we feel more balanced and connected to the things that count most. Our busy lives don’t go away, but we return to them refreshed, renewed and ready to return to the things we must, yet perhaps willing to make changes where we can and should to find a more sustainable relationship with our busy world.

Activities are planned for day 1 from 3pm-9pm, Day 2,  9am – 7pm & Day 3, from 9am – 12:00. Attendees are provided space and time to reflect and rest during the retreat but we also spend time enjoying introspective activities to learn, grow and share stories with others who understand the unique challenges of being a competent woman in today’s busy world!

This retreat includes all activities with several dynamic leaders as well as art materials and a few take home spiritual gifts. Includes 2 dinners (day 1 & 2) 2 breakfasts, (Day 2 & 3) Lunch on Day 2 and ongoing snacks. Participants are also invited to stay on the property with two nights lodging in comfortable dorm style accommodations (Day 1 & 2 nights). Check in time is Day 1 after 2pm.  For those who prefer private accommodations, (must have transportation) single rooms with a bath are available at nearby homes of students in our yoga community (Air B & B style) for an additional fee of 35.00 a night (payable to the host.) There is no discount for those who wish to attend the retreat, yet do not wish to take advantage of our complimentary accommodations. Attendees can schedule massage or bodywork services in advance for an additional fee in Heartwood’s fabulous body work studio.

On Saturday we include the Sip, Savor and Serenity Wine tasting event.

  • Restore heart & soul in a blissful, tranquil Yoga Nidra practice. This practice creates a space of healing for the mind and spirit while the body enjoys complete comfort & relaxation!
  • Create your very own hand-etched wine glass and aromatherapy products including an eye pillow.
  • Sip wine during a tasting with a professional wine expert. (Wine will be available to purchase from the presenter to enjoy at home.)
  • Savor the seasonal tastes of a vegetarian supper.
  • Other surprises if the day will be sure to touch your heart! 

Retreat Leaders: Ginny Shaddock & Kim Engles. This retreat is guided by several of Heartwood’s seasoned teachers working together to provide a dynamic, inspirational experience. All mentors are ERYT-500 certified yoga teachers with specialty training, including C-IAYT, LMT & Reiki Masters/Ayurveda Counselors.

All inclusive Retreat Fee - $360.00  

Retreats are designed to revitalize, explore new ideas and to feel connected to your best self. Our serene day retreats offer an intimate, organic experience where the inspirational grounds of Heartwood and deeply committed mentors take you worlds away from your stressed life before returning to your personal accommodations. Retreats for longer than one day include complimentary dorm style lodging for those who wish to stay on site. 

It would be idle to say that life is a steady progression in happiness. But it is most certain that in the natural course of things a healthy soul grows continually richer until its latest day on earth. ~George S. Merriam

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