The Medial Woman is the creative source of this year's retreat.
The Medial Woman's importance to us as writers is that she is a story teller, healer, teacher, and a wise woman.
She is instinctual by nature, trusts her intuition and her deep well of knowledge that transcends the mind’s awareness.
She is rooted both in outer reality and the unseen realms; she sees with both her inner and outer eyes.
Among her names are Mother Night, She Who Sees In the Dark, She Who Walks Between Two Worlds and She Whose Knowledge is Beyond Knowing.
Working With the Medial Woman on the Retreat: Her Role Is Two-Fold As she guides much of the creativity and ritual aspects of the retreat, Medial Woman tells us to trust our instinctual knowing. She offers us her unwavering belief that imagination and intuition will not fail us even when the voices of family, friends and society buzz in our head and insist otherwise.
“I have always been with you," she says. "Walk with me. Let my knowing, which is the knowing of your deepest self, be the light that guides your writing and your life. Be free! Do not stop yourself from being the writer you yearned to be even before you were born."
During the daily writing workshops when we focus on our characters, stories and the fiction writing process, the Medial Woman might just give you some great new images, characters, and storylines!
You'll feel braver when called to forge into new landscapes, new kinds of writing. You will definitely be surprised by how the Medial Woman in you changes your writing!
"I discovered a soul within starving to give love, to connect through the heart, yearning to accept the riches in myself and my life." ~ Marti Holmes
Do I Need to be a writer to Attend this retreat?
Writers of all levels are welcomed. I have had women attend who have never written fiction as well as women who have published novels. Singers, artists, poets and therapists have joined and returned year after year! Passion, fun, risk-taking, writing, fabulous food, gorgeous settings and the song of sea invites the creative woman in you to take center stage!
How difficult is it to fly to bar Harbor?
Bangor, Maine, is an international airport only an hour from Bar Harbor. You can then rent a car or take a taxi. And if anyone else is arriving near your arrival, I do my best to connect you at the airport. Driving is a straight run up 95 to Bangor. It is not necessary for you to drive your own car for transportation during the retreat
Will I have time to explore Bar Harbor and take a Nature cruise in The Bay?
Absolutely. There are three hours off every day and different choices of adventures. Or you can stay in Rising Sun or Sound of the Sea, relax, nap, write, sit on the rock and nurtured by the soul of this amazing landscape.