Writing from the Body

Friday, November 3, 2017  -  Sunday, November 5, 2017

GilChrist Retreat Center 56265 Day Rd Three Rivers , MI

“Imagination is evidence of the divine,” wrote poet and visionary William Blake more than 200 years ago. And yet we experience the world, imagine, and create through our very human bodies. In this retreat designed for artists and dreamers of every ilk, we will drop into the body and connect to the deepest parts of ourselves from which we all too often disassociate in our creative work. Through immersive yoga practices, including asana, guided breathing, and relaxation, coupled with writing exercises, we will unleash and explore the power that is our birthright, face our fears, generate new material, make resolutions, and discover the stories that emerge from and are written on the body. Between facilitated sessions participants will have time for solitude, reflection, and play in nature on the sacred grounds of beautiful GilChrist.

About the Facilitator
Marin Heinritz, PhD, RYT-500, teaches creative writing, literature, and journalism at Kalamazoo College as well as yoga and pilates for Sangha Yoga and Kalamazoo Barre in Kalamazoo. Writing and the body are inextricably linked in her work on the page and in the classroom, and helping others fulfill their potential through both endeavors is, for her, a spiritual practice. 

General Information
The retreat begins in WindHill at 6:00 pm Friday and closes at noon on Sunday. The cost for the retreat is $200. Lodging in a private GilChrist cabin, which is really a small home equipped with a complete kitchen, is recommended, and reservations should be made as soon as possible. The cost for cabin accommodations is $45 per night and payments will be made directly to GilChrist. For those staying at GilChrist, cabin check in is at 4:00 pm Friday and check out is at 2:00 pm on Sunday. All sessions take place in WindHill, the cozy main building, complete with a fireplace in the great room, loft room for meditation, library, and a full kitchen with tea and coffee service. Individuals are responsible for their own meals.
For further information or to register:
Email Marin Heinritz and visit her website.