Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday Moanings - November 9, 2015

The Morning After

Runny nose,
               muscle aches,
                         watery eyes

After forty-eight hours of 
                  inspired guidance,
                                     skilled encouragement
                                    lakeside resort

I think I'm suffering from withdrawal!

I always want to stay a bit longer in that sweet spot of quiet intensity, focused learning and personal journey that a writer's retreat offers.
In fact I'd say that such reluctance to leave is the hallmark of a good retreat experience.

The team of Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker at Writescape truly do know how to craft, not just a good, but a great retreat for writers.

I am indebted to both these women for their ongoing support and encouragement.

Oh, and their good sense of fun, starry eyes and switched name tags and all!

Caroline Pignat was the guest author at this retreat. Clearly an accomplished writer and teacher, she not only gifted us with her writing skills but also with an open, honest presence throughout the retreat. Thank you Caroline!

Alas, the return to home is as reluctant as it is essential. The new techniques, insights and encouragement come together in the place where I do most of my writing. And here I sit, still in my bathrobe, at the harvest table in my sunlit kitchen reflecting on yet another fabulous writing retreat.

I'm back home and writing.
Life is good.

©2015 April Hoeller


  1. Life is indeed good when one gets to savour such beautiful, love, love all these photos April-- so serene and yet so colourful. I've been too busy to log on so have missed a few of your posts. I hope to catch up's to reading your writing:) xx

    1. Thank you, Arti!
      I've missed you too, but it is so good to read your voice again.
      Take care. Hugs++

  2. Beautiful! You captured it so well in both your words and pictures. :)

    1. Thank you, Caroline! It was a true delight to meet you.
      I have been struggling with the 'muddle' of the memoir for some time, but with your insights and techniques I think I have found a way forward. Thank you!