Splendid Mola Retreats for Writers
Distraction-Free Writing Time
with a Yoga Chaser
3 nights/4 days of writing time in a gorgeous alpine setting
with a private chef planning, making, and cleaning up after all meals,
writer-centric daily yoga and guided meditation,
and a fabulous community of other writers.
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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 prepared by our private chef, 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. Weather is usually gorgeous and temperate in the spring and fall, and is delightfully cold and snowy in winter. 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.
Most accommodations are walking distance to the Luxury Log Cabin—but in the spring and fall, when we don’t need to think about snow, some cabins are driving distance. 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 deck as well as a palatial living/dining room area. During the spring and fall retreats, yoga will be outside on the wrap-around deck in the midst of trees. In the winter, we will clear the living room and practice in front of a roaring fire. Lunch is 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. If you want to read some testimonials, here they are.
There are two full All Voices Fellowships for each retreat. These are for writers who identify with any group that is historically under-represented in traditional publishing. For full information and to download the application, go here.
September 12-15, 2019 CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE ROOMS or RESERVE YOUR SPOT
May 14-17, 2020 CLICK HERE TO SEE AVAILABLE ROOMS or RESERVE YOUR SPOT
• Your choice of accommodations in a gorgeous, peaceful alpine setting in the woods.
• Delicious meals prepared by our spectacular private chef.
• 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.
• Two optional daily yoga classes: a Gentle/Level 1 class for all bodies and abilities (no experience or flexibility required!) and a vigorous Level 2 Vinyasa for regular practicioners.
• Optional daily guided meditations (10-15 minutes), designed to encourage creativity.
• A supportive community of other writers.
BASIC SCHEDULE (subject to change)
3 pm – 6:00 pm Arrive, settle in, write if you’d like
6:30 pm Dinner
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-minute guided creativity meditation, optional
Writing time! Lunches will be delivered to you at your cabin around noon.
4 pm – 5 pm Level 2 Vinyasa Yoga
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Level 1 Gentle Yoga
6:30 pm Dinner
Saturday Night Only: Wine & dessert party after dinner
before breakfast Pack up rooms; load cars
9 am Breakfast
10 am – 12 pm Closing Circle
LORI SNYDER is a writer, editor, 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. She has been leading the Splendid Mola retreats since 2015.