Breathe Writing Retreats are a unique writing and training experience.
Intensive. Personal. Collaborative.
Three pre-training face-to-face ZOOM call sessions are included, as well as additional training, group brainstorming sessions, and one-on-ones at the retreat.
Each retreat is limited to 25-30 women for a small group, hands-on experience for the non-fiction writer.
Writers have blocks of time to simply write in a beautiful ranch setting.
Spring Breathe Retreat
The spring retreat is a more intensive “boot-camp” style event for intermediate nonfiction book writers. This retreat includes three pre-training sessions and homework. For this retreat, a writer has an idea for a book and is willing to do the hard work to hone their idea, define their audience, identify the value in their book, and craft a proposal and sample chapters.
Fall Breathe Retreat
The Fall event is for nonfiction writers closer to the beginning of their publishing journey. The focus is on the craft and business of writing a first book. This retreat includes three pre-training sessions and homework.
Suzie (Suzanne) Eller is a bestselling author, Intl. speaker, top 100 Christian women’s blogger, co-host for More Than Small Talk podcast, and a writing mentor for more than 15 years. She is the author of 12 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and finds joy in watching women launch their dream of sharing their unique message.
Breathe writing retreats are among the most inexpensive available.
- $429 for the Fall retreat
- $449 for the Spring retreat
— Cost includes three days and two nights of bunk-style group lodging and meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast.
Includes all pre-training sessions, handouts, brainstorming and teaching sessions at the ranch.
Lodging is bunk-style in cabins with up to 6 people in a room. Community showers and bathrooms in each room. Linens are not provided.
There are a very limited number of private rooms. There is an extra $50 per night fee for these rooms. Please note if you are interested, but with the understanding that they may not be available. These sell out quickly.
Cell service is unavailable at the ranch, which is perfect for writing! (There is Internet service in main areas.)
WHAT IS THE COST?
Suzie Eller’s Breathe writing retreat was an incredible jumpstart. It put me on the path of writing my book and providing new tools to hone my writing skills. Suzie’s teachings, fellowship with other writers, and the time to hone my craft were priceless. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
~ Christy Rodriguez, Brave Girl Community
How do I register?
Once registration opens, a $100 nonrefundable deposit holds your place. It’s first come, first serve.
The remainder is due one month before the retreat.
- Deposit is non-refundable
- Each pre-training you received is assessed at $65 per session
- If you cancel within 10 days of the retreat, there is no refund
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is New Life Ranch?
New Life Ranch is lo a tucked away treasure on the OK/AR border where visitors can hike, kayak, canoe, and ride horseback on a rugged trail. It’s scenic and peaceful.
Nearest airport: XNA (about 35 minutes — you are responsible for transportation to and from ranch)
Second nearest airport: TUL (approximately 1.15 minutes — you are responsible for transportation to and from ranch)
What about transportation?
XNA and TUL both offer rental cars. Some attendees drive in together. Each attendee is responsible for transportation to and from the ranch.
When does the retreat begin and end?
Arrival time: Retreat registration 3:00 p.m. CT
First meal: Friday, 5:00 p.m. CT
Last meal: Sunday, 8:00 a.m. CT
What if I have food allergies?
NLR offers some options for food allergies. They also have a refrigerator if you need to store special foods.
What about bedding and toiletries?
In the bunk-style lodging, you bring your own bedding, pillow, towels, and toiletries. For those flying in, we will provide clean bedding just for you!
~ Karmen Smith
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