FEBRUARY 8 – 17, 2016

Come away with Patricia Lee Lewis and Jane Mortifee



10 days / 9 nights of Creative Writing & Yoga

on South Island, New Zealand – stunning, remote and in the middle of the ocean

Our Retreats

NZroadThis will be our first time to offer a creative writing retreat in New Zealand, but we’ve been offering International retreats for eighteen years. Participants will include people with a wide range of writing & yoga experience, from very little to professional. We are always enriched by the diversity. While we will offer a daily schedule of suggested activities, all sessions are optional: your time is your own.

Writing Practice. For 3-4 hours each day and several evenings, you will have opportunity to write in an encouraging, confidential and inspiring setting, in response to exercises Patricia suggests. You will be invited to share what you have just written, and to respond to the writing of others with what is fresh, what you like, what you remember. (We use the method developed by Amherst Writers & Artists which is described in detail at Our Writing Method.) As time permits, Patricia will offer individual consultations on your writing life.

Yoga Practice. Jane will offer gentle yoga sessions most days. The practice of yoga, the joining of body and mind, can open pathways for your writing into the feelings, memories, stories and images embedded in the tissues. We will encourage you to use your yoga practice to develop a deeper relationship with your body as well as to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of practice. The sessions are, of course, completely optional.

About the Staff

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Patricia Lee Lewis lives and works at Patchwork Farm Retreat in western Massachusetts. She shares the world with trees and stones, chickadees, writers and bears, and leads weekend writing retreats and weekly workshops in her mountain cottage at Patchwork Farm, throughout the United States, and yoga and writing retreats at sacred sites around the world – Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.


Jane Mortifee

Jane Mortifee has completed the 500 hour RYT certification. Her approach to teaching is to make yoga safe and accessible for practitioners of all levels.  Jane’s first love is singing but both writing and yoga tie for a close second! She has recorded 3 CDs and was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002 for her work in music, film, television, clubs and recording studios.  She has studied various forms of meditation, focusing on Tibetan Buddhism for the last 17 years. Yoga is a constant companion.


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