September 28 - October 1, 2017

Gateless Writing Retreat with Suzanne Kingsbury

A first for Gray Bear

Join us this fall as we welcome internationally acclaimed author and book shaman Suzanne Kingsbury for a mind-blowing weekend of writing that will knock your creative socks off.


If you have heard the whisper of the open page, if you believe your urge to write might be a dancing order from the divine, if you want to learn to “channel” your writing from your highest artistic self, this weekend is for you.

Gateless Writing will draw out your innate genius so you can lean into your unique talent on the page, even if you have never published and did not know you had creative power inside.  This non-critical approach to feedback finds where you are strong and looks at where your power is so that you can break through to the limitless self.  Spending a weekend with Gateless writing tends to shift you dramatically without you having to lift anything more than a pen.  And we will be holding your hand, cheering you on, supporting you every step of the way. When you leave, you will know exactly where you shine. 

We are so excited to dance on the page with you. And to do some crazy-beautiful nature walks, soak in the steamy sauna, get massaged by the babbling brook, eat fantastic food and cuddle up by the fire to hear your stories.  Let us pamper you, on and off the page.  This weekend will fill up soon so hurry while there are still spaces left.  Can’t wait to write with you…

Suzanne Kingsbury is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author, whose books have been translated widely abroad and optioned for film.  In 2007, she founded Gateless Writing, one of the nation's leading organizations for writers that supports limitless creativity by using brain science, ancient Zen technique and supportive peer feedback.  Suzanne has helped countless writers on their path to signing with top agents,  hitting bestseller lists and wining prestigious literary awards. Her secret sauce is her intuitive "channeling" which divines, through a process of sacred writing, what the writer needs and the highest vision of where the writer can go.

Suzanne has trained in psychic mediumship with Kristen Carmichael and Shamanic journeying with the Michael Harmon's School of Shamanic Studies. She is also trained in Fresh Yoga, Thai Head Massage and Reiki, which is included for participants of every retreat.

Suzanne is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, an Oxford Town Fiction Award and has been shortlisted for the Robert Olen Butler Award for Short Fiction, the Fog City Writer’s Award and a Dana Award. Her work has been praised by internationally acclaimed authors including Robert Olmstead, Jim Harrison, Jill McCorkle, William Gay and others.  Buzz Feed named her first novel a number one best summer read, Publishers Weekly has called her work fast paced and gripping, lush and evocative, The Independent called it Impressive, and Culture Fly has named her one of the most talented writer of our age.

In her previous life, Suzanne worked at the School for International Training with language and cultural immersion programs in Africa and Asia. She is a certified Laban Technique dance teacher (K-12) and has choreographed for the Bread and Puppet Theater and worked in Jacques D’Ambois' National Dance Institute in Soho. Today she lives on the shore of southern Connecticut and is one of the principal organizers of the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Currently she is at work on The Gateless Writer, a seminal book about the creative process.

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 $700 if paid in full by Aug 18th. Space is 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, shared lodging (private rooms available; please inquire), meals and full use of facilities. Late registration (after Aug 18th) increases to $765 with balance due Sep 25th. Confirmation letter and additional information (including directions to Gray Bear) will be sent.

Workshop Sign-up Form

We'll begin with guests arriving Thursday 1:00 to 3:30pm arrival. First session is 4 to 6pm, dinner is at 6:00pm, Orientation & opening circle follow. Sunday finishes with closing circle, lunch, and checkout is at 2:00pm.

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.

Workshop Sign-up Form