NOVEMBER 24th to 30th, 2019


Imagine yourself surrounded by tropical beauty, within a circle of support, writing and celebrating your words with ease. Envision connecting with those stories you've been longing to tell. Receive the gift of time and attention you give yourself when you say yes to this retreat. This is a time to focus on you, nourishing your creative vision. Perhaps you want to finally get started on that memoir you’ve been itching to write, and just haven’t been able to begin. Or you hold a deep desire to complete the manuscript you’ve been working on for what seems like a long time. You may have some website text or blog posts to create. Deep inside, you know you have powerful words to share, and yet something holds you back. You will leave with a deeper connection to your writing voice and practices that enable powerful words to show up on the page, wherever you are. You will know, deep in your bones, that your words matter, your voice matters. You will have felt deeply seen and heard. Best of all, you will leave with unforgettable memories, connections with other adventurous spirits, and written words you have learned to love, excited to continue on your writing journey.  



**Friends and partners not participating in the retreat may join you in paradise, and you may extend your stay as well. See details below**

RETREAT LEADER: Marie Maccagno, M.A., Author and Writing Guide

As the author of the award winning creative memoir, The Chocolate Pilgrim: A Journey to Self-discovery and Transformation on the Camino de Santiago, Marie uses her knowledge of storytelling to help you write the stories you’ve been longing to tell. Her ability to nurture each person and encourage sharing helps you find and develop your writing voice. Whether you are a complete beginner, or have more experience, you will learn practices that take you the next step towards realizing your writing dreams. Marie has the expertise to support the development of your words-in-process whether you are creating a personal memoir or crafting text to support your business. 

Marie effectively creates a culture of trust, fun and deep listening. Here’s a sample of client testimonials from past retreats: 

“Wow! Adventures in Writing helped me find new breath in mid-project. This retreat focused on both the craft and heart of writing, and modeled valuable strategies I could use later.” ~ PF, Author, Lead Learning Developer  

“The deep listening, carefully structured feedback, and attention to both individual and group needs, gave me the confidence to continue mining my story each day. Marie’s experience as a writer and facilitator is masterful.” ~ JP, Professional Voice Performer  


If you are traveling from North America it is highly recommended that you arrive on November 23, 2019 in order to recover from the long travel time.  

If you would like assistance in booking your flight, please contact Anne with Discover Your Bali. When contacting Anne please mention that you are with WRITING FROM THE HEART RETREAT with Marie Maccagno. Contact info:

Due to varying travel timetables, it is suggested that you plan your arrival one day ahead of the retreat's official beginning to allow for any scheduling conflicts. 

Depending on the location of your departure airport there will be one or two layovers on your journey to Bali. Your flight will be landing in Denpasar (DPS) Bali, where there will be transportation waiting for you. 

Plan to spend the night in Ubud (20 minutes from Floating Leaf Retreat Centre) on November 23rd. To secure your accommodations and transportation for November 23, 2019 please email:  

From your accommodations in Ubud, Floating Leaf Retreat Centre will provide transportation to their lush oasis to begin your retreat on November 24th.

You don't want to miss the WELCOME DINNER on November 24th.  



Bali Floating Leaf offers much more than just a vacation in paradise. Bali Floating Leaf is a peaceful retreat center situated in a lush oasis – the perfect setting to nourish, recharge and heal your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy the Balinese spa and open-air Yoga Sanctuary with views of the Indian Ocean and Mount Agung Volcano. Guests can also look forward to the Healing Pool, specifically created with relaxation and replenishment in mind. The grounds also feature an organic permaculture garden as well as a large open kitchen where our private chef will prepare delectable healthy meals, juices and snacks with locally grown organic nutrient-rich food.  


  • Growth as a Writer 
  • Guided Feedback focusing on what’s strong in your writing 
  • Supportive listeners  
  • Attention to the inner world of each writer 
  • Time to write without interruptions 
  • Mentoring  
  • Fun  


**Option to bring friend/partner as a non-retreat participant for reduced rate** 

  • Opportunity to participate in an individual pre-call with Marie prior to retreat start date 
  • Opportunity to participate in a group call, to meet other participants prior to arriving in Bali 
  • Support for travel logistics through Discover Your Bali [] 
  • Minimum two group writing sessions per day 
  • Solo writing time each day 
  • Optional 1-1 session with Marie at some time during the retreat
  • Consider extending your stay with travel and accommodation support from  
  • Scheduled group follow-up call within three weeks of retreat ending  


  • 7 days and 6 nights (November 24th – 30th, 2019)
  • 3 healthy and hearty meals per day (dinner on day 1 and breakfast on final day)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers 
  • Welcome dinner with traditional dancers and musicians 
  • Introduction to Bali Culture 
  • Two yoga classes per day 
  • Farewell Dinner 
  • Free Ricefield walk/ Bali Water Temples  
  • Purification Ceremony at Floating Leaf  

Also Included: 

  • Welcome drink, refreshing face towel, and welcome foot massage upon arrival  
  • Use of yoga hall and property grounds per itinerary  
  • Unlimited complimentary filtered drinking water  
  • Three rooftop terraces offering dramatic views of the Indian Ocean & Bali’s majestic volcanoes and the surrounding rice fields  
  • Fresh tropical fruits daily 
  • Complete expert concierge services 
  • Daily housekeeping  
  • The Ultimate Bali Travel Guide - an 80+ page handbook filled with everything you need to know about visiting Bali  
  • Free high-speed wireless internet  
  • In-room safe/lock box  

Not Included in Retreat Pricing:  

  • Round-trip airfare  
  • Hotel in Bali on November 23rd
  • Alcohol beverages  
  • Specialty drinks  
  • Additional food and snacks  
  • Items not specifically listed in inclusions above are not part of the package. Please check carefully  


Double Occupancy $2850 USD/person

Single Occupancy $3450 USD/person

NON-WRITING DISCOUNT Traveling with a companion? ** Non-writing participant $2197 USD/person ** Your friend/partner accompanies you for the week but doesn’t participate in the writing practices

  • Full Balance Due Immediately
  • All Prices Include ALL Taxes ** Retreat pricing DOES NOT include your airfare and hotel in Bali on November 23 **