Writing from the Heart: Bali Retreat

Imagine yourself surrounded by tropical beauty, within a circle of support, writing and celebrating your words with ease. 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.

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.

Our next Bali retreat is happening on November 24th to 30th, 2019.

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Are You Wondering, Why Bali?

Free Preview Webinars

If you would like to host a talk, or have a venue to suggest, please get in touch.

Here’s what my logistics coordinator, Anne McCormick, discoveryourbali.com, has to say. These words come from Anne’s years of experience, and embody her deep respect for the people, place and spirit of the land: “Harmony and balance are words that are deeply embodied in Balinese culture, creating the foundation for its way of life; creating a special energy unlike anywhere else. Spiritual activities are considered as important as work, and are deeply protected every single day. …. No matter your own background, you will find yourself wrapped warmly in this beautiful culture from the moment you arrive…” What an ideal location to host “Writing from the Heart”.


Anne McCormick and I will be hosting a Preview Webinar on the following date:

Monday, August 19th
3:00 PM Pacific (5:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Eastern)

Click on the link below to register for this event.
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Coaching Program

Three and six month programs available. Entrepreneurs hire me to clearly articulate their message because most feel stuck in formulas or jargon, awkward about clearly stating their gifts. Sometimes they don’t even see their gifts. I listen deeply and reflect back what is strong in their service to clients in clear and succinct messages.
Writers and wannabe writers have benefited from working with me, whether it’s getting words onto the page, or building structures that support their writing dreams. Contact me now:

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One-Day Writing Retreats

The great outdoors is filled with art from its colourful displays to its symphonies of sound. We take a journey through Mother Nature’s bounty of inspiration, find grounding deep within ourselves and connect to our newly awakened imaginative ideas. We create a safe and nurturing environment for writing and sharing our words.

Our next day-long retreat will be held on Vancouver Island, BC. You may wish to host a retreat in your area. For more information contact me here.

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Writing Your Stories to Life: A Day-Long Retreat

Are you curious about how to begin writing your memoir?
Are you feeling blocked in your writing project?
Do you often think about wanting to write, but “never have time”?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then this retreat is for you!

Marie Maccagno is joined by special guest facilitator, Janet Sheppard, for a day of writing exploration. Adventures in Writing retreats are designed to invigorate self-expression. Observing nature, sharing with skilled listeners, and having fun are important threads woven throughout the day. Unlock your stories and hear the strength of your words within a supportive circle. Leave with powerful practices that will inspire you to continue writing beyond this event.

Adventures in Writing hosts energizing writing workshops and retreats. Marie Maccagno and Janet Sheppard create invigorating activities that will inspire you to continue writing beyond this event. Experience creative freedom and powerful storytelling guided by two skilled facilitators.

 Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay, BC
Lunch included.
Cost: $135 for the day; deposit of $50 to reserve your spot.

Space is limited. Register early!
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Private Writing Guide

Have you had words swirling around your head and weighing heavy on your heart for many years but never dared to put pen to paper because of a nagging inner critic holding you back? Are you at the point in your life where you are ready to invest in your self-development and say YES to YOU for a change?
As your writing guide, I take you to a deeper understanding of what holds you back in your writing and counteract the resistance. We explore your inner workings and find the gems within your life experiences and what’s strong within your storytelling style. I am a constant support helping you fall in love with your words again, heal past wounds, and find your true self and purpose.

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Writing Circles

Does your inner critic show up in the form of procrastination? If you are looking for a safe container to share your writing without judgment but with ample constructive input in a community of support, I’ve got the right group for you. Our writing accountability circle is an intimate gathering for your self-directed writing goals. We meet in a group online once a month where we discuss our projects, help each other through obstacles, and celebrate together when we accomplish what we set out to do. We also meet one on one for a coaching session two times during the four month commitment. I will provide you with a recording of group calls each month to refer to any wisdom I and the others have shared about your work.

Sessions run for 5 consecutive months, two times a year. For more information, or to sign up contact me here.

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Weekend Retreats for Renewal and Transformation

Between your everyday obligations and stressors holding you back from your writing project and your inner editor taking away all of the fun when you do sit down to write, no wonder your writing—and ultimately your self—sit at the bottom of your priority list.

What if you could just get away from it all and immerse yourself in a transformational experience through your writing. Learn to fall in love with your words, connect to your writing voice and watch yourself flourish.

For details about location or to sign-up contact me here.

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Want to book me for an event?

If you have suggestions for a venue to contact for a reading, or an invitation for me to speak to your book club, networking group or special event, please get in touch with me:

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Upcoming Events

Marie was my coach and editor for an article I was writing for an anthology. She gave me practical, hands-on support to get my writing started right away. My submission was ultimately chosen for the book, Conscious Living – Conscious Aging (2014). Since then, Marie supports me in my writing goals, recording my Nature experiences and life stories for my memoir. She has taught me many tools to deal with the inner editor that would otherwise block my creativity. Her listening skills are superb. She hears the hidden meaning in my words and helps me find what is most useful to me. She is supportive while challenging me to move through difficult places. In workshop settings, Marie easily creates an environment that is safe for honest sharing and offers skill development while having fun. I heartily recommend Marie as a coach for anyone who has a longing to write!

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I am committed to guiding women exploring who they are and why they are here by championing the writer within.

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