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, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

 

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. 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 accommodations are several different mountain cabins or cottages, all near each other, with our home base being the grand “luxury log cabin.” In addition, I am thrilled to welcome a new chef!!  Dan Maher will be traveling up with us from So Cal to prepare our amazing meals.

Most accommodations are walking distance to the Luxury Log Cabin, but some are driving, so be sure to check and choose your preference before you commit. All are described in full below. Breakfast, dinner, yoga, and meditation will take place at the Luxury Log Cabin, which has both a stunning, huge, heated and covered deck as well as a palatial living/dining room area. All yoga will be outside on the wrap-around deck. Lunch will be delivered to you at your cabin so you can work uninterrupted through the afternoon.

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.

 

RETREAT INCLUDES

• Your choice of accommodation (single, double, or one cost-effective triple occupancy room),  all in a gorgeous, peaceful alpine setting in the woods.
• Delicious meals prepared by our new 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.
• 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.

 

BASIC SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday

3 pm – 6:00 pm         Arrive, settle in, write if you’d like
6:30 pm                     Dinner at the Luxury Log Cabin
After dinner               Welcome, orientation, opening circle

Friday & Saturday

7 am – 9 am             Light breakfast buffet for those who requested it
9 am                         Hot full breakfast for those who requested it
10 am                       20-30 minute guided creativity meditation, optional

Writing time!

Noon-ish                    Lunches delivered to you at your cabin!
4 pm – 5 pm              Level 2 Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm    Level 1 Gentle Yoga
6:30 pm                     Dinner at Luxury Log Cabin
Saturday Night Only: Wine & dessert party after dinner

Sunday

before breakfast        Pack up rooms; load cars
9 am                          Breakfast
10 am – 12 pm          Closing Circle

 

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.

To Pay with Credit Card
1. Select your room and occupancy choice, below.
2. Click on the link for your payment option (deposit or pay in full).
3. Proceed as directed by Paypal. Please note that 3% will be added to the total to cover Paypal’s service fee.
4. Once payment is received, I will send you a registration form to gather your meal choices, etc.

To Pay with Check, Money Order, or your Bank’s Quick Pay Option
1. Select your room and occupancy choice, below.
2. Email me and let me know which room you want and that you want to pay by check, money order, or quick pay.
3. I will email you the payment instructions.
4. Once payment is received, I will send you a registration form to gather your meal choices, etc.



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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 repped by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy LIterary Agency. 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.

Luxury Log Cabin

Sleeps: 8
Size: 5 bedrooms (2 single rooms, 3 double rooms)
Baths: 2.5, all shared (2 showers, three toilets)
Wifi: Yes
Luxury Log Cabin as a whole is gender neutral, open to all genders.
If you reserve a shared room, please let me know what gender you want to room with and I will mark that room as such.

 
The hub for our writers retreat, this “log cabin” is a beautiful and large cabin in a lovely residential area near hiking trails and the town. This is where we will meet for breakfast, dinner, meditation, and yoga (lunches are delivered to you). The most gorgeous parts of this cabin are the communal areas. The living room is spectacular, with huge couches and a stone fireplace; there is a game room and gym downstairs, and the deck…well, for those of you who like to be outside, it is huge and lovely, complete with a hot tub that can hold 7-10 people, so bring your bathing suit! There are also swings and a hammock in the surrounding woody area.
 
All beds are queen-sized and new. The rooms are fairly basic, with just beds and maybe nightstands. The four people upstairs share a full bath, as do the four people downstairs. There is also a half bath on the main floor. 
 

Upstairs: Two double occupancy bedrooms, each with two queen beds. This is where I stay. The upstairs rooms have nice natural light; the are also warmer and a little more open to the communal space.

Downstairs: Three bedrooms. Two of them are singles—although, one of them has two beds in the room. One of them is a double, although there are three beds in this room. The downstairs is more private, cooler, and has its own patio as well as a living room/den/game room with foozball and ping pong and all kinds of fun things. Please note that the downstairs rooms are also darker and do not have a view. They are, however, much more quiet than the upstairs.

Luxury Log Cabin, Idyllwild
Log Cabin living room
log cabin sofa
log cabin dining room
log cabin hammock
log cabin partial deck
log cabin outdoor dining

Log Cabin Room Options

Downstairs Single

Downstairs Single 1

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Bath, with 3 other people
$795

These downstairs rooms are dark, quiet, and cozy. There is a window, but it looks out to under the house rather than to a view. There is a game room in the middle of the downstairs, with exercise equipment and additional writing space.

Pay in Full
Reserve with deposit – $250  

 

Downstairs Double

Downstairs Single 2

 

Single Occupancy
2 Queen Beds; we will only use 1 of them*
Shared Bath, with 3 other people
$795

These downstairs rooms are dark, quiet, and cozy. There is a window, but it looks out to under the house rather than to a view. There is a game room in the middle of the downstairs, with exercise equipment and additional writing space.

Pay in Full 
Reserve with deposit – $250/bed  

*If you would like to share this room with a friend, contact me for pricing.

Bear Den

Downstairs Double

 

Double Occupancy
3 Queen Beds; we will only use 2 of them*
Shared Bath, with 3 other people
$725/bed

These downstairs rooms are dark, quiet, and cozy. There is a window, but it looks out to under the house rather than to a view. There is a game room in the middle of the downstairs, with exercise equipment and additional writing space.

Pay In Full
Reserve with Deposit – $250   

*If there are three of you who want to share this room, contact me for pricing.

Upstairs Double #1

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy
2 Queen Beds
Shared Bath, with 3 other people
$765/bed

Good Natural Light

Pay in Full
Reserve with deposit – $250
  

Upstairs Double #2

 

Double Occupancy
2 Queen Beds
Shared Bath, with 3 other people
$765/bed

Good natural light.

Pay in Full  [One Bed Left; Open for Female Only]
Reserve with deposit – $250  

Rock to Rock Cabin — one bed in shared double room left

Sleeps: 3 (4, with sofa bed loft)
Size: 2 bedrooms, 3 full baths, with additional sleeping loft
Wifi: Yes
Women Only

This place is crazy gorgeous and very private. It’s three levels and is actually built around a huge boulder, and the design is stunning. Windows take up the entire wall and open out to three decks and amazing views, and most of the cabin is drenched in natural light. Please note, you will have to drive about five minutes to get to meals and yoga at the Luxury Log Cabin.

Rock to Rock Deck
Rock to Rock interior

 

Rock to Rock Room Options

 

Rock to Rock Master

Master Bedroom

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy / Private Bath
King Bed
$895

This master bedroom has a king bed and an attached bath that features a large boulder as a wall above the tiled, free-standing tub (there is also a shower). Lots of natural light and private access to the deck.

Pay in full
Reserve with $250 deposit

Rock to Rock Double

Double Room

Double Occupancy / Private Bath
2 Twin Beds

$795/ bed

A simple room with two twin beds, shelved headboards, and decent natural light. Unattached private bath. This room is fairly basic—it’s the cabin itself where all the beauty lies!

ONE BED LEFT; ONE HAS BEEN RESERVED

Pay in Full
Reserve with deposit – $250

 

Rock to Rock loft

Sofa Bed Loft

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy Loft / Semi-private Bath
$595 – Sofa Bed Only

This sleeping loft is a great option for someone who enjoys amazing views and natural light…and doesn’t require walls. The loft is accessible by stairs and is open to the living room, and you will get very bright early morning light from the picture windows. The bed is a pull-out sofa bed. You have your own bathroom and shower downstairs, and air conditioning if needed. It’s a wonderful affordable option in a gorgeous cabin.

Pay in full
Reserve with deposit – $250

Idyllwild Manor — SOLD OUT

Idyllwild Manor
Sleeps: 6
Size: 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
Wifi: Yes
Women Only

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 four single rooms and one double. 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. Idyllwild Manor is women only. 

Please note, you will have to drive five minutes from the Manor to meals and yoga at the Luxury Log Cabin.

Walkway
Sunroom
Hot tub

Idyllwild Manor Room/Bed Options

Upstairs King

Upstairs Shared Master - Cal King Bed

THIS BED HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy, shared with →
California King Bed
Private 3/4 bath
$825

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
Reserve with deposit – $250  

Upstairs Master - Full Bed

Upstairs Shared Master - Full Bed

THIS BED HAS BEEN RESERVED

Double Occupancy
← shared with
Full Bed
Private 3/4 bath
$795

Pay in Full
Reserve with deposit – $250   

 

Upstairs Queen Room

Upstairs Queen Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Bath

$875

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
Reserve with deposit – $250 

Downstairs Master

Downstairs Master

THE ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Eastern King Bed
Shared Bath
$895

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
Reserve with deposit – $250  

Downstairs Queen Room

Downstairs Queen Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Baths
$875

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

Pay in Full
Reserve with deposit – $250  

Downstairs Library Room

Downstairs Library Room

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy 
Shared Bath
Full Bed
$825

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
Reserve with deposit – $250 
 

Fern Valley Inn

Single Occupancy Rooms with Private Baths
Wifi: Yes

Fern Valley Inn is a quaint and rustic inn located directly across the street from the Luxury Log Cabin. It’s a combination of stand-alone cottages and joined rooms. Fern Valley Inn rooms are open for any gender and are perfect for anyone who wants their own space but likes to be a few close steps away from the main hub.

Fern Valley Inn Room Options

Elderberry

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Private 3/4 Bath (no tub)
Good Natural Light
$875

This sweet room is one in a block of four that shares the same building and a porch.

Reserve with $250 Deposit
Pay in Full

Hideaway

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Private Full Bath (with tub!)
Cozy Light
$895

As its name implies, Hideaway is a stand-alone cabin tucked away in the side of the property…and there’s a DESK!

Reserve with $250 Deposit
Pay in Full

 

Havana Bungalow

THIS ROOM HAS BEEN RESERVED


Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Private 3/4 Bath (no tub)
Good Natural Light
$895

Havana Bungalow is a large room in the same cottage as Heidelberg Zimmer—they are separate but share a wall. There is an additional sofa bed in this room, so if you want to share with a friend that can be arranged.

Reserve with $250 Deposit
Pay in Full

Heidelberg Zimmer

 

Single Occupancy
Queen Bed
Private 3/4 Bath (no tub)
Cozy Light
$895

Heidelberg Zimmer is the “sister room” to Havana Bungalow, as they are in the same building and share a wall. It has the same amenities, including a sofa bed. If you want to share with a friend that can be arranged.

Reserve with $250 Deposit
Pay in Full