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travel + writing = joy


Join a writing retreat or literary adventure

at one of our spectacular locations.

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travel + writing = joy


Join a writing retreat or literary adventure

at one of our spectacular locations.

Dive in! 

 

looking to take an inspired, intelligent vacation?

Revitalization can take many forms:
 rewriting your story,
exploring a world-famous city with literary friends,
or meditating on a tranquil beach.

 

Here are all the retreats that we offer. Explore them all.

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Testimonials


Testimonials


"Jess & Allison create a magical space where you get to open up and discover ideas and make connections that you hadn’t had before. Their authenticity, passion and creativity calls you forward to a place you didn’t even realize you could go. I left not only being re-engaged with my story, but also having clarity about character, plot, place and story, and a clear action plan for next steps."

Rewrite Your life participant

May 2017


“When I made the decision to attend the women’s writing retreat in Italy, I lacked confidence, was fearful and questioned my value as a woman and most as a writer. I was immediately drawn to Allison by her genuine warmth, sincere interest in the heart of women and her ability to draw out potential and creativity. This solo journey and being coached by Allison has brought me tremendous growth, confidence and a sense of purpose that has changed me forever.”

Italy Writing Workshop Participant

October 2016


Write that book

July 2015

“Jess Lourey is a rare double talent. She is an outstanding writer. Just as remarkable as her writing is Jess’ ability to teach writing to others. She clearly communicates the essence of good writing — whether it is giving a novice writer broad guidance on how to structure a novel or write sentences that grab the reader’s attention, or working with experienced writers on the fine art of wordsmithing to improve elements of pace, suspense or character development.”

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LEADERS


LEADERS


Jessica lourey

Author of 16 Books. Teacher. Mother.

Jessica Lourey (MA, MS) is a writer, a tenured writing and sociology professor, recipient of The Loft's 2014 Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a regular Psychology Today blogger, and a sought-after workshop leader and keynote speaker who delivered the 2016 "Rewrite Your Life" TEDx Talk. The author of 16 books, numerous short stories, and articles on writing, healing, and education, Jess is best known for her critically-acclaimed mystery series, which has earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." Jess also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, edge-of-your-seat Young Adult (YA) adventure, and magical realism, literary fiction, and thrillers.

When not leading laughter-filled, soul-healing writing retreats, traveling, reading, writing, watching wonderfully bad SyFy movies, or hanging out with her family, you can find Jess dreaming of her next story. Her first nonfiction book, Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction, released May 2017. You can find out more on her website.

Allison Quaid

Storyteller. Coach. Scientist. Globetrotter. 

Allison is most alive when she engages in the magical process of creating new stories and discovering “a-ha’s!” with others. She is a natural at empowering and encouraging others to achieve their dreams.

A multilingual world traveler and skilled facilitator of international writing and creativity workshops, she blends coaching, writing and art therapy to bring out a person’s creative genius.  

Allison's creativity has been cultivated over the years as a CEO of a marketing firm in San Francisco, working primarily on large-scale behavior change campaigns for environmental issues (energy efficiency, recycling, and air pollution). She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Environmental Policy.

Mid-career, her passion shifted from the business world to all things creative (arts, writing, etc.). She participated in several workshops on writing, healing and creativity, many from the University of California at Berkeley as well as writing salons in San Francisco; she then begin to lead international ones herself.

Allison is writing two books, a young adult science fiction novel and a collection of healing fairy tales.

Allison has lived and worked in Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Canada and the United States, speaks four languages, and has visited over 40 countries.

All that travel has taught her that being part of a creative community is one of the best ways to reach your goals. Plus, travel is good for the soul.