March 22-24, 2019

Soul Quest 2019
Inhabiting the Body and Soul of your Story

with Minton Sparks and Jane House


You are invited to join a circle of Soul Questers for 2019 where we will celebrate the feminine capacity for communion with the mysterious. Honoring any limitations of the physical body while never forgetting the limitlessness of the Spirit.  Find your inner balance through writing and yoga! How might an intimate circle of like-minded soul seekers hold your story while it transforms? We will have your back so that you can create something unimaginable.  The body is a doorway and the Art is sitting there holding it’s breath waiting to find the light of day

Writing is a birthright, a language into your truth.  We will write. The doorway of imagination is the body.  We will move.  We will support you in writing your way into the next era of your life. Using breath, togetherness, movement, and the sound of our truest/deepest voice, we will work together as midwives to birth the next phase of your courageous journey.

Reading List:

  • Bird by bird – Anne Lemott
  • If You Want to Write – Brenda Ueland
  • Conscious Femininity – Marion Woodman
  • Theater of the imagination – Clarissa Pinkola Estes on Sounds True

Workshop Sign-up Form

This weekend is open for all to attend. No prior experience is needed in any way. Ready for the adventure or spooked by the thought of trying; individuals, friends or couples: all are welcome.

Workshop discounted at $675 if paid in full by March 1st. Space is consciously limited. To reserve your place please register by sending your $200 non-refundable deposit (or full payment) to: Gray Bear Lodge, PO Box 682, Hohenwald, TN 38462. Price includes tuition, lodging, meals and full use of facilities. Late registration fee increases to $715 with balance due before the retreat begins. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

Workshop Sign-up Form

We'll begin with guests arriving 4pm-6pm on Friday March 22nd. Dinner is at 6:00pm, Orientation & opening circle follow. Sunday the 24th, finishes with closing circle, lunch, and checkout is at 2:00pm. (*) Gray Bear is a two hour drive from the airport, so please plan arrival time/ departure time with this in mind.

Your leaders:

Minton Sparks is an internationally celebrated performance artist who also is the founder of the Nashville Writing and Performance Institute. She has been teaching writing and performance for 20 years. Minton has opened for Punch Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Ben Folds, and John Prine. She’s been a part of the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center (NYC) and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry here in Nashville. She is the featured teller at the 2019 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. To learn more about Minton, click here.

Jane House has been working, training and nourishing her interest in the realm of embodiment arts for over 20 years.  She holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University, and has completed a thesis titled ‘The Yoga of Embodiment’- available for (free) download at  In 2001, Jane co-founded a yoga school in San Francisco that became her home for teaching and learning for nearly a decade of her young adulthood.  From years of devoted inquiry, Jane unfolded a practice that works to serve body, mind & soul herself– a gentle, self-guided approach to asana and breath that aims to wake up the body’s most intuitive and self-healing processes. To learn more about Jane, click here.

Gray Bear is home to 400 acres of rolling hills, thick forest, natural springs, and even a waterfall. You can experience the wonders of nature while sitting in a hand-built wood fire sauna; hear the silence of nature's symphony lying on a hammock while curled under a blanket; and revel in clear air and water while using shower outdoors.

With all of this nature we have some suggestions to consider when packing:

  • Working flashlight gets dark with only the light of the stars to guide you!
  • A bathing suit ... good for the hot tub, sauna, and Watsu massage pool
  • Water bottle ...Gray Bear does not use disposable cups. Purified water is available in the Main House and the Yoga Room
  • A bath robe/sarong
  • House slippers or socks to wear indoors shoes inside please
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for an inspired nature hike
  • Warm clothing ...mornings & evenings can be cool
  • Comfortable clothes for exercising/yoga

Please do not bring any drugs, alcohol, or pets. Gray Bear is a non-smoking, pet-free and alcohol-free facility.

Read more about Gray Bear.