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New Year’s Writing Retreat

How to Flourish in Challenging Times

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Writing isn’t only for those who consider themselves writers. Writing can be a transformative tool for anyone who wants to sit down with a pen and paper, direct awareness inward, and open up to greater self-awareness, growth, and healing.

In this special program at this auspicious time of year, writing clinician John Evans, MAT, EdD, will guide you in carefully chosen writing prompts to help you bring closure to the challenges of the old year and begin the new one with a fresh vision for health, vitality, and your best possible life.

Through this evidence-based program, you will learn seven types of writing: mindful, healing, expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, and legacy writing. As you honor the experiences of the past year and transition mindfully into the New Year, you will:

  • Write to stimulate thinking that leads to insights and understanding
  • Create your vision of vibrant wellness
  • Clarify values that inform your intentions
  • Identify and remove obstacles to build confidence and resilience
  • Open to new perspectives in ways that lead to more joy and optimism.

Enjoy this opportunity to ask yourself deep questions about who you are, what you value, and how you want to show up in the world. You will take home new, supportive, and revealing practices to connect to your inner dialogue at any time and to flourish no matter what life brings your way.

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John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

December 29 - January 1, 2018
Friday-Monday, 3 nights

$ 335  Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Writing isn’t only for those who consider themselves writers. Writing can be a transformative tool for anyone who wants to sit down with a pen and paper, direct awareness inward, and open up to greater self-awareness, growth, and healing.

In this special program at this auspicious time of year, writing clinician John Evans, MAT, EdD, will guide you in carefully chosen writing prompts to help you bring closure to the challenges of the old year and begin the new one with a fresh vision for health, vitality, and your best possible life.

Through this evidence-based program, you will learn seven types of writing: mindful, healing, expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, and legacy writing. As you honor the experiences of the past year and transition mindfully into the New Year, you will:

  • Write to stimulate thinking that leads to insights and understanding
  • Create your vision of vibrant wellness
  • Clarify values that inform your intentions
  • Identify and remove obstacles to build confidence and resilience
  • Open to new perspectives in ways that lead to more joy and optimism.

Enjoy this opportunity to ask yourself deep questions about who you are, what you value, and how you want to show up in the world. You will take home new, supportive, and revealing practices to connect to your inner dialogue at any time and to flourish no matter what life brings your way.

Faculty Bio

John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

John F. Evans is a writing clinician and integrative-health coach who has taught journaling and writing for self-development for more than 30 years. He works with groups, individuals, and health-care professionals, teaching them how to use writing to achieve better physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

The founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, Evans provides institutional life-course guidance programs, and at Duke Integrative Medicine he has taught courses on legacy writing, how to transform your health through writing, and classes that teach integrative-health coaches how to use writing as a tool in their practices.

He is the author of five books, including Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Expressive Writing: Words that Heal (coauthored with James Pennebaker). He has a doctorate in literature and writing pedagogy studies from North Carolina State University and has been a scholar-in-residence and post-doctoral fellow in expository writing at New York University. Evans blogs monthly for Psychology Today and has a private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Why Attend

  • Dive into a deep personal exploration of what you want to experience and develop in the coming year.

  • Increase your confidence through writing practices that bring to light the limits you place on yourself and how to let them go.

  • Strengthen your resilience and boost your overall health and well-being by uncovering and interpreting the messages of your mind and body in way that no one else can do.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Recommended Reading

    Expressive Writing: Words that Heal, John Evans and James Pennebaker

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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