The Splendid Mola Multi-Day Retreat for Writers

distraction-free writing time with a yoga chaser
Boulder View yoga & writing deck
Idyllwild manor
The gang, April 2015
Idylwild Manor Sunroom

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016

Idyllwild, CA w/ Lori Snyder

 

3 nights/4 days of writing time in a gorgeous alpine setting with other writers, delicious meals prepared by a private chef, and writer-centric daily (all-level) yoga and guided meditations.

 

All-inclusive cost: $595-$895,
depending on accommodation choice
$250 deposit holds your space

  

If you are a writer who identifies with any group that is underrepresented in traditional publishing and you have some financial need, please check out the All Voices Fellowship Application, which awards one free spot on this retreat to a writer who meets those qualifications.


The idea behind the Splendid Mola Writing Retreats is simple: time. Time to write, to brainstorm, to clear your psychic space from distractions. To sit with your manuscript. To revise. To remember why you love this. To finish something. To start something. To remind yourself how good you are. To feel refreshed. To be supported. To not have to think about anything else.

There are no critiques, no readings, no workshops, no cooking, no cleaning, no distractions. Just you and the incredible spaciousness of uninterrupted time in a supportive community of other writers. Daily all-levels yoga and meditation, amazing food, and lovely surroundings compliment your writing time. All writers of anything are welcome, whether it’s a book or a blog, a dissertation or a business plan.

Likewise, all levels of physicality and yoga experience are welcome. You do not have to have a current yoga practice! There are two yoga classes offered each day: one intermediate Vinyasa class for those who already have a practice, and one beginning Hatha class for those who are new or have injuries. You may come to either, both, or neither, whichever serves you best. The yoga is there to help you get out of your mind (in the best possible way) for a while and let the body unwind from hours at a laptop or notebook.

The gorgeous town of Idyllwild is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, about 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles. It is known as an enclave for both artists and those who love the outdoors, and there is a huge focus on the arts. Our retreat home will be the Rainbow Inn and several nearby cabins, all of which feel secluded and yet are only a short walk to town should you wish to visit.

There is a huge variety of room type and cost, from shared room and baths to a luxurious King room with a private Jacuzzi tub! All meals, yoga, and meditation will take place in the Rainbow Inn’s gorgeous community rooms. This is walking distance from the cabins. If you are not staying at Rainbow Inn, you are welcome to either return to your cabins to write or to spend the day at the Inn, where there is plenty of room inside and out for everyone to find a writing nook.

The cost is all-inclusive: lodging, meals, yoga, snacks. All you need is yourself, your clothes, and your laptop.

Here’s what a previous participant wrote about the retreat on her blog.

Please note: Idyllwild is at an elevation of about 5500 feet. Also, we will be in the mountains, so cell phone reception can be spotty.  

RETREAT INCLUDES

• Single or double occupancy room, your choice. Different levels of luxury, but all in a gorgeous, peaceful alpine setting in the woods
• Delicious meals prepared by a private chef (Thursday dinner – Sunday breakfast)
• Snacks (Yes, there will be chocolate. And coffee. Never fear.) You are also welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
• Saturday night wine & sweets
• Nearby hiking trails or a 10-minute walk to the mountain town of Idyllwild
• Hours and hours of distraction-free writing time
• Communal areas and meals for those moments when you just need to connect
• A variety of outdoor writing spaces, both covered and uncovered, should you feel so inclined •
Daily yoga aimed at writers and customized for all bodies and abilities. No experience or flexibility needed!
• Optional daily guided meditations (10-15 minutes), designed to encourage creativity
• Opening and closing circles
•A supportive community of other writers


TO REGISTER
Pay in full or with a payment plan option, where a $250 deposit holds your spot.
Payment plan options are an additional $25 to cover associated admin costs.

WRITERS GROUP SPECIAL Register together with your group of 3+ people, and each of you takes 5% off the cost. In addition, if you’d like a private cabin for just your group, drop me a note and let’s see what we can set up.

If you choose to pay with a deposit, $250 is due when you reserve your room. The remainder is due October 1, 2016. Once I receive the deposit, I will send you a Paypal invoice with the balance due. 

To Pay with Credit Card
1. Select your room and occupancy choice, below.
2. Click on the link for your payment option.
3. Proceed as directed by Paypal. Please note that 3% will be added to the total to cover Paypal’s service fee.
4. Download and complete this Splendid Mola Writer’s Retreat Registration Form. Email it to me.
5. You are done!

To Pay with Check, Money Order, or your Bank’s Quick Pay Option
1. Select your room and occupancy choice, below.
2. Download and complete this Splendid Mola Writer’s Retreat Registration Form Email it to me along with a note about how you wish to pay, and if you wish to pay in full or through the payment plan.
3. I will email you the payment instructions.
4. Pay according to instructions.
5. You are done!


Questions? 


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LORI SNYDER is a writer, editor, and yoga teacher, and a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and she is the author of the online serial Tales of Sea & Circus. A former yoga studio owner and teacher trainer, she has been holding space for writers and yogis for over fifteen years. Mostly, she is delighted to be leading exactly the retreat she would like to attend.

Rainbow Inn | Gender Neutral Housing

All rooms are singles
All rooms have private baths
Rainbow Inn is gender neutral housing
 
The hub for our writers retreat (where we will gather for meals and yoga), the Rainbow Inn is set amid nearly an acre of forested land alongside Strawberry Creek. This full-service B&B is simply stunning. It offers five lovely guest rooms, each with its own private bath and many with their own fireplaces; a parlor that is perfect for cozy writing and hanging out; a spacious yoga room with wood floors; a covered, heated veranda; and extensive peaceful, gorgeous grounds alongside Strawberry Creek. Each room has wi-fi, a mini-fridge, a coffee maker (for those of you who need your own private pot!), DVD players with access to the Inn’s extensive DVD library (in case you need a movie break), and 600-thread count sheets. Four of the rooms are single and one is double (the Music Box room). Singles are designed for one person, but if you have a good friend with whom you would like to share to make it even more affordable, please contact me for costs.
 
Because of the luxurious privacy of the rooms, The Rainbow Inn is gender-neutral housing. All rooms are located upstairs.
Rainbow Inn, Idyllwild

Rainbow Inn Room Options

Swan Lake Room

Swan Lake

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy*
King Bed
Private Bath
2-person Jacuzzi Tub
Propane Fireplace
Medium Natural Light
$895

Pay in Full – $895  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

 

Sunset Room

Sunset

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy*
Queen Mahogany Sleigh Bed
Private Bath
Propane Fireplace
Gorgeous view of the canopy of the pines
Bright natural light
$865

Pay in Full – $865  

Reserve with deposit – $250   

*If you’d like to share these rooms with a friend, contact me for pricing info.

Bear Den

Bear Den

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy* 
Queen Bed
Private Bath
Bay window
Bright natural light
$825

Pay in Full $825  

Pay with Deposit $250   

 

Strawberry Creek Room

Strawberry Creek

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy*
Queen Bed
Private Bath
Bright, warm natural light
Beautiful alpine forest views
Propane fireplace
$845

Pay in Full – $845  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

 

Music Box Room

Music Box

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy
Two Twin Beds
Private Bath*

Warm, soft natural light
$645 per bed

WINDOW SIDE BED:  
Pay in Full – $645/bed 
Reserve with deposit – $250/bed  

HALLWAY SIDE BED  
Pay in Full – $645/bed
Reserve with deposit – $250/bed 

*The bathroom, while exclusive for this room, is located right across the hall.

The Pines | $595 - $725 | WOMEN ONLY

Sleeps: 7 in the house + 1 in the separate guest house
Size: 5 bedrooms, 3 bath in the main house + 1 bedroom & 3/4 bath in the guest house
Wifi: Yes
Women Only

This gorgeous mountain home sits on 1.5 acres nestled in the pines and has both a main house and a separate guest house. The walk to the Rainbow Inn for meals and yoga is 10-15 minutes, with a slight incline up on the way back to The Pines (and therefore down on the way there). The roads are wide and paved, but you will definitely need a flashlight if you plan to walk for dinner. The Pines is women only.

MAIN HOUSE: This home has three separate common room areas: a living room with a billiard table, a large dining room, and a music room with a Baldwin Grand piano and an organ. There’s also a beautiful deck with plenty of seating and a side yard with a picnic table. In other words, you will have plenty of space to find a perfect nook to write. 

All three bathrooms have showers, and two have tubs. None of the bathrooms are inside a bedroom, so all three bathrooms and showers are available to everyone to use.

GUEST HOUSE: A small, cozy, separate 1-room cottage with a queen bed and a 3/4 bath. All the common areas of the main house are also open for use by the person in the guest house. 

 

The Pines Deck
The Pines Piano
The Pines Dining Room
The Pines Side Yard

The Pines Room Options

Downstairs Double #1

Downstairs Double Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy 
2 Twin Beds
Shared Baths  
$595/bed

This room near the front of the house shares the three full baths with all other rooms.

BED #1, window side
Pay in Full – $595   
Reserve with deposit – $250 

BED #2, door side
Pay in Full – $595  
Reserve with deposit – $250

 

Upstairs Queen Room

Downstairs Double #2

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy
2 Twin Beds 
Shared Bath 
$625/bed

This double room is right off the billiard room and therefore affords a little more privacy than the front double. It shares the three full bathrooms with all other rooms.

BED #1, window side – Reserved
Pay in Full – $625 
Reserve with deposit – $250 

BED #2, door side – Available
Pay in Full – $625 
Reserve with deposit – $250

Downstairs Master

Downstairs Queen

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Shared Baths 
$695

This room shares the three full bathrooms with all other rooms.

Pay in Full – $695  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Queen

Upstairs Queen

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Shared Baths 
$695

This room shares the three full bathrooms with all other rooms.

Pay in Full – $695  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Large Upstairs Queen

Large Upstairs Queen

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Shared Baths 
$725

This room is longer than the others, with a second window (and therefore more light) and rocking chair at the far end. It shares the three full bathrooms with all other rooms.

Pay in Full – $725 

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Separate Guest Cottage

Separate Guest Cottage

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Private Bath 
$755

A sweet and small separate guest cottage – perfect for the extroverted introvert or introverted extrovert who wants to be kind of, sort of close to people…but not really. 

Pay in Full – $755 

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Idyll A While Cabin | $735 - $785 | MEN ONLY

Sleeps: 2
Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath
Wifi: Yes
Men Only

This 2-bedroom cabin has plenty of natural light and 2 1/2 levels. There is a downstairs queen with a full hall bathroom and an upstairs master with a king bed and its own full bathroom, as well as plenty of writing space. The cabin is bright and beautifully kept up, in a gorgeous and private woodsy setting, and there’s a seasonal creek just off the back wrap-around deck. There are crosses and other Christian symbolism on the walls, so please be sure you are comfortable with that before booking this cabin.

Idyll a While is located about 100 yards down a dirt road, right off the main street where the Rainbow Inn is located. It’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Inn, at a medium incline. Most of the walk is on a wide, paved road, but please note that the dirt road is uneven and there are no street lights, so at night it will be very dark. Be sure to bring good flashlights if you plan to walk to dinner!  

 

Idyll A While Side Table
Idyll A While Den
Idyll A While Deck
Idyll A While Sofa

Idyll A While Room Options

Downstairs Queen

Downstairs Queen

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Private (ish) bath, in hall
$735

This downstairs queen room uses the full bathroom in the hallway, so while it is exclusive to this room, it’s in the hallway.

Pay in Full – $735  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Master

Upstairs Master

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
King Bed 
Private bath 
$785

This bright king bed master room has its own full bath. Please note that, while the room is tucked away upstairs and is the only room upstairs, there is no main door for this room. However, it’s still very private.   

Pay in Full – $785 

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Hidden Heaven | SOLD OUT

Sleeps: 2
Size: 2 bedroom, 2 bath
Wifi: Yes
Women Only

This is a fun and cozy two bedroom/two bath cabin. It’s tucked away underneath trees, so it stays shaded and dim throughout the day. It’s also back off the street, so it feels very private and removed. There is a large living room with a fireplace and plenty of sofas and chairs; the living room connects to  the dining area. The bedrooms are on either side of the living room, so they both feel private and they each have their own bathroom. The deck has a fabulous covered seating area, and it backs right onto Strawberry Creek. Hidden Heaven is women only.

Hidden Heaven is about a five-minute walk down the hill from the Rainbow Inn, on the same street. The incline is not very steep and the road is wide and paved. 

 

Hidden Heaven Deck
Hidden Heaven Fireplace
Hidden Heaven Deck 2
Hidden Heaven Kitchen

Hidden Heaven Room Options

Queen #1

Queen #1

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Private bath, in hall
$695

This queen room is to the left of the living room. It’s small and cozy and looks out onto forest, making it fairly dark as it’s shaded by trees. This room has its own bathroom in the hallway.

Pay in Full – $695  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Master

Master Queen

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed 
Private bath 
$755

This master has a sweet window area with a chair and ottoman placed to look out over the forest. The private bath is inside the room. 

Pay in Full – $755 

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Creekside Cottage | SOLD OUT

THIS COTTAGE HAS BEEN RESERVED

Sleeps: 1…or two very good friends/couple who are willing to share a bed
Bed: Queen
Size: Studio; 3/4 bath
Wifi: Yes
$855

This gorgeous 1-room cabin with its own private hot tub is perfect for someone who wants to be part of the group but away. It’s a short 10 minute walk from Rainbow Inn on the same street, yet it feels incredibly secluded and private as it’s set back from the street in a forested area. The room itself has a queen bed, a small table and two chairs, a couch, and another chair. It is small, but filled with plenty of writing places. The deck has seating as well as the hot tub, and right off the deck is a hammock. 

If you and a friend would like to share this cottage, the cost per person is $625. If you’d like to do this, please email me.

Reserve this cottage here:

Pay in Full $855

Reserve with Deposit $250

Creekside "Living Room"
Creekside Outside
Creekside Hot Tub
Creekside Bed
Creekside Hammock

Idyllwild Manor | SOLD OUT

Idyllwild Manor
Sleeps: 7
Size: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
Wifi: Yes
Women Only

Just a half block from the Rainbow Inn, Idyllwild Manor is a gorgeous, 4200 sq. foot estate. This is not a cabin in the woods but an elegant home with a craftsman art vibe. There are 3 single rooms and two doubles as well as both a large, high-ceilinged living room and a bright cheery sunroom. Idyllwild Manor is women only. 

There is also a private hot tub, a covered outdoor patio area, lush gardens, and a bridge across the creek that will bring you into a stunning world of native plants. The home itself is beautifully kept, with tall ceilings and large, bright windows, a large living room, fireplace, library, sun room, and grand piano. Sheets are 500-thread count and the rooms are generously sized. 

The walk to Rainbow Inn for meals and yoga is a short half block, very easy and on a wide street. There are no street lights, so be sure to bring a flashlight! 

Walkway
Sunroom
Hot tub

Idyllwild Manor Room/Bed Options

Upstairs King

Upstairs Master - Cal King Bed

THIS BED HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy, shared with →
California King Bed

Private 3/4 bath
$695

This spacious and very bright room has two beds, a Cal King on one end and a Full on the other. The private 3/4 bath has a bathtub but no shower; the shower is right outside in the hall bathroom, which is shared with the upstairs Queen Room.

Pay in Full – $695  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Master - Full Bed

Upstairs Master - Full Bed

THIS BED HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy, shared with ←
Full Bed
Private 3/4 bath
$655

Pay in Full – $655  

Reserve with deposit – $250   

Downstairs Master

Downstairs Master

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Eastern King Bed
Shared Bath
$755

This large and bright Master bedroom has a Eastern King and shares 2 hall bathrooms with the other two downstairs rooms. The 3/4 hall bath right outside this bedroom has a deep tub but no shower; the 3/4 hall bath down the hall has a shower but no tub.

Pay in Full – $755  

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Downstairs Queen Room

Downstairs Queen Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Baths
$695

This bright Queen Bed room shares 2 hall bathrooms with the other two downstairs rooms.

Pay in Full – $695   

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Queen Room

Upstairs Queen Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Bath

$695

Another bright upstairs room, this room has a dedicated 3/4 bathroom but shares the shower in this bathroom with the two people in the upstairs master bedroom, as the upstairs master bath has a tub but no shower.

Pay in Full – $695 

Reserve with deposit – $250 

Downstairs Library Room

Downstairs Library Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy 
Shared Bath
Full Bed
$675

A warm, cozy room with two beds and built-in bookshelves. Small and cabin-y, with soft light. Shares two 3/4 hall baths, one with a tub and one with a shower.

Pay in Full – $675 

Reserve with deposit – $250  

Cowboy Cabin | SOLD OUT

Sleeps: 2-3
Size: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath
Wifi: No

A cozy mountain cabin with a lovely deck, an open floor plan, and 2 queen rooms. The bedrooms are at either end of the cabin, with the Master bedroom being up a short flight of stairs, so there is a good deal of privacy. The downstairs queen has its own bathroom in the hallway, and the upstairs one has a private half bath. Both rooms share the downstairs shower.

This cabin in perfect for two people or for three friends, if two of them are willing to share the queen bed in the upstairs Master room, which is the larger of the two rooms. This cabin is a short, slightly-inclined 10-minute walk to the Rainbow Inn. Also, crosses and some other Christian symbolism are used throughout the cabin as decor, so please be sure you are comfortable with that.

Cowboy Living Room 3
Cowboy Living Room
Cowboy Deck
Cowboy Kitchen

Cowboy Cabin Room Options

Downstairs Queen Room

Downstairs Queen Room

 

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Shared Bath (sort of; see below)
$655

This large queen room has its own bathroom just outside in the hallway, but the shower of this bathroom is shared with the upstairs queen.

Pay in Full – $655  

Reserve with deposit – $250   

Upstairs Queen Room

Upstairs Queen Room

 

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Private 1/2 Bath / Shared Shower
$725 for one person OR share with a friend for $595 each

This large master bedroom is up a short flight of stairs and has its own half bath as well as two comfortable chairs. Shower is downstairs in the hall bathroom and shared with the person in the downstairs queen room.

Pay in Full – $725 

Reserve with deposit – $250