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A Writers Retreat Offers the Peace and Quiet I Need

Sometimes I just need to let my mind rest. The past few weeks have been stressful for me. It’s like the universe has been testing me. As soon as I pass one test, another is thrown at me. I’m a firm believer that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but it’s important to take care of myself. People with whom I normally harmonize have been repeatedly pushing my buttons, and there’s only so much sunshine I can give without receiving any in return.

This means the timing is perfect to attend a retreat. I’m so thankful to be able to participate in a writing retreat with other writers I count among my friends. It’s also helpful that the retreat site is close to home. I need this break more than you could possibly imagine.

Let me tell you why a retreat such as this is so great. It’s held at a campground where I can enjoy nature’s beauty. The fall colors are gorgeous this time of year. Watching the trees swaying in the wind relaxes me faster than anything else. The birds sing and the deer frolic around in the crisp autumn air.

We sleep in a dormitory. We bring our own bedding, towels, toiletries, and everything we’ll need with the exception of food, which is provided for us. Our only responsibility during our stay is getting to the table to eat once the meals are ready. There’s no other responsibility. No laundry, dishes, kids, grandkids, husbands, neighbors, pets, vacuuming, grocery shopping, raking, or cooking.

We are provided a work space, sleeping quarters, and communal bathrooms. We set our computers up on our tables, and the rest is up to us. We can write furiously, watch movies, listen to music, play on Facebook, hike around the grounds, sit on the back deck, drink as much coffee or tea as we like, and run around without makeup in our sweatpants. We can take a nap anytime we wish and no one will come barging in demanding we find lost keys, shoes, or electronics. It’s amazing.

I’m sure that I will be able to recharge my batteries at the retreat this weekend. I plan to rest and relax as much as I write. I’m going to drink tons of lemon ginger tea and enjoy the rare phenomenon known as peace and quiet.

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