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The HeartWrite Retreat

Uncovering the Hidden Stories Inside of Us

John Roedel

AUG 23–25, 2024
John Roedel
AUG 23–25, 2024
TUITION:
$325
per person—plus room/meals & tax
AUG 23–25, 2024
Retreat Type
Creative ExpressionCreative Expression
Featured PresentersFeatured Presenters
MindfulnessMindfulness
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery
Retreat Goals
Get HappyGet Happy
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
Self-CareSelf-Care

Express Yourself Fearlessly

In a world saturated with polished images and meticulously curated social media feeds, the essence of our true selves often gets buried. We’re taught to mask the messiness of life, to smooth out the edges of our stories until they fit neatly into the expectations of others. But isn’t life inherently messy, wonderfully chaotic, and brimming with unforeseen adventures? It’s this unpredictable journey that makes our existence so profoundly beautiful.

The HeartWrite retreat is an opportunity to embrace the wildness of your narrative, to celebrate imperfections, and to write with unguarded honesty. Poet, writer, and comedian John Roedel guides you through this transformative experience with his signature blend of humor, heartfelt insights, and engaging activities. John’s approach to writing is not about crafting a perfect narrative but offering a mirror to the soul, allowing others to see their reflections within your words. Through the art forms of writing and storyteller, this experience peels away the layers of pretense to reveal the raw, untold stories that reside within us all.

HeartWrite is more than just a writing retreat; it’s a journey of discovery and authenticity. Whether you’re a seasoned writer of any kind, a storyteller at heart, or simply someone longing to connect more deeply with your own story, this retreat offers a unique opportunity to write without fear of judgment. 

  • Journaling Sessions Dive deep into the well of your memories, dreams, and reflections to uncover the stories that have shaped you.
  • Group Camaraderie Engage in meaningful discussions and shared storytelling experiences that foster a sense of community and mutual understanding.
  • Creative Exercises Challenge your creativity through prompts and activities designed to spark your imagination and bring your stories to life.
  • Physical Movement Incorporate movement to unlock new perspectives and connect with your story on a physical level.
  • Hands-on Activities Learn through doing, with exercises that encourage you to explore the sensory details of your narratives.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create and share your stories with a master story teller and like-minded community.

Presenter

John Roedel Headshot Bio 2

John Roedel

John Roedel is a comic who unexpectedly became an Amazon Best Selling Poet/Writer when he began to turn his faith crisis, depression and struggles into poems that have been read all over the world.

Over the past several years John has published four books, Hey God. Hey John., Any Given Someday, Untied: The Poetry of What Comes Next, and Remedy.

John’s work has been shared millions of times across social media and his fearless writing has attracted readers from all over the world. He loves sharing the story of how he learned to turn his broken heart into a wind chime.

Reviews

Expectations Far Exceeded!
Chantal M.
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John Roedel far exceeded my expectations. And I had high expectations! His humble and gentle nature is so refreshing, and the actual flow of the conference supported my journey to authenticity in tangible and profound ways. And it was all undergirded with a love of God and humanity. A deep bow of respect to him.
Amazing!
Emily L.
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Program and presenter were amazing! It was a great weekend with a very open and welcoming environment. I would absolutely participate again and hope this program will be available in the future.
The Best Energy
Wendy W.
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John has the best energy and it can be felt in a deeper, special way when in his physical presence. He uplifts and empowers and is a major force for good in this world.
WOW!
Kimberley B.
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Wow is all I can say. I really didn’t know what to expect but I learned so much more about transparency and authenticity in writing and the therapeutic thread woven through it and how it elevates your writing.
Life-Changing
Jodie K.
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John humbly led us on a journey of authenticity to love and be who we are, to say YES, and to share those stories with the world. His authenticity creates a place of deep safety. Attending this retreat will change you.
Safe & Comfortable Space
Carrie L.
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John was vulnerable and authentic, which made it a safe space for the rest of us to feel comfortable sharing our stories after only two days together. The writing assignments were useful, and the location and time of year inspired me to write a lot. The two days went by quickly so it would have been nice to have one more day.
So Grateful
Patti
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John Roedel embodies bravery, creativity and the best humanity has to offer this world. He gives voice to the very real experiences we all have of loss, grief, hardship - and mixed befuddlement - of what love is in our often broken world. I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to spend a few days with John's wildness, along with others, and excavate my own.
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Rooms & Pricing

Private Hotel Room

$372 per person/per night + tax

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)

 

  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$271 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Flat screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bath
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Private Retreat Room

$282 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$230 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$201 per person/per night + tax
  • Twin beds
  • Private bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary tea/coffee & fresh fruit
  • Daily yoga & meditation classes
  • Access to fitness & steam rooms

Schedule

The HeartWrite Retreat

Uncovering the Hidden Stories Inside of Us
August 23–25, 2024

Subject to change.

Friday 7:30–9:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30–11:30 am Room checkout is 11:00 am; luggage may be held at Reception.

General Information

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Arrival Day
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we will hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)

Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.

Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)

  • 9:45–10:45 am  Yoga |  Thu–Sun
  • 11:00 am–12:00 pm  Mind & Meditation |  Thu–Sun
  • 1:30–2:15 pm  Guided Hike* | Assemble at Shankara Reception | Sat
  • 2:30–3:45 pm  Ayurveda Cooking Class* | Tulsi Kitchen
    Thu: Sweet Treats • Sat: Chef’s Seasonal Recipe
  • 4:15–5:15 pm Yoga |  Wed–Sat
  • 5:30–6:00 pm  Guided Meditation |  Wed–Sat
  • 7:30–8:15 pm  Meditative Chants/Kirtan |  Wed–Sat
    Saturday kirtan is outdoor by the bonfire; weather permitting.

*Included with Wellness Escapes and R&R; Other participants: $35.00/per person

Clay Studio
  • 11:00 am–7:00 pm Friday & Saturday
    Hand Building $55 | 1 hour
  • 9:00 | 10:45 am Sunday
     Wheel Throwing $75 all guests; glazing and shipping are included | semi-private class | 75 minutes

Hours

Wednesday 11:00–8:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am–2:00 pm

We encourage you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness at least two weeks prior to your arrival date to ensure availability. Please call 828.264.8382 for details. Additional cost.