I’ve just completed my application for St. Peter’s Abbey Summer Writing Retreat – two glorious weeks dedicated to writing in this peaceful Benedictine Monastery. Last year, I successfully completed a manuscript at the abbey that is now in the hands of my agent – this year, although I may not complete a manuscript, I have one that I will be working on full time. In two weeks, at a retreat, I can get as much writing done as I can at home, in two months!
I am also looking forward to a three day writing retreat at Bethlehem House, just outside of Nanaimo, on the shores of Westwood lake, at the end of the month. Run by Benedictine Sisters, this is a less formal retreat and writers can book to stay here for a very reasonable price at any time of the year – meals included 🙂 One of the questions I am most asked about this type of Benedictine retreat is “Do I have to be a Catholic to stay at monasteries?” The answer is no. I am not a Catholic, or any religion at all, really, but these are not religious retreats – although the peace and quiet offered is hard to find anywhere else.
I will be blogging about my stay at Bethlehem House – becasue this will be my first time, I cannot yet recommend it, but I am confident it will offer everything a retreat should and more. I am going toward the end of April, so keep checking back for more information.
And if you are a writer looking for a place to create without interruptions, there are likely Benedictine Monasteries near where you live – affordable, easy to get to and unforgettable.