This all-inclusive retreat in Collioure, France, is an experience designed to strengthen your writing, and also your relationship with the physical world.
When was the last time you literally stopped to smell the roses? Felt the sun on your skin, floated in a beautiful sea, broke a sweat hiking, tasted — really tasted — excellent wine?
Return to the Tactile
Hello body, good to feel you again.
Increasingly we live in our heads, and so much of our writing resides there now, too.
Return to the tactile.
Come to Karbohemia (in Collioure, France) to strengthen your writing skills, and also your relationship with the physical world. Be a body in space again.
Collioure is my little spot in France where I go each year to write and replenish myself; now I want to share it with eight of you.
SOLD OUT! September 23 – 29, 2018, gathering is full.
SPOTS AVAILABLE: October 1 – 6, 2018 Arrive in Collioure on September 30, and the retreat goes from October 1 – October 6.
My special recipe for becoming reacquainted with your senses, a Portland-Franco blend of: meditation, daily smoothies+visits to the best boulangerie, wine-tasting, fish feast on my favorite secret beach, swimming in the calm warm waters of the Mediterranean, hiking in the lush foothills of the Pyrenees. Sun+sea+colors that inspired Matisse+a new writing project.
- Swimming in the Sea
- Hiking in the hills
- Wine tasting/tour of local winery (English spoken!)
- Farmer’s market
- Field trip to Céret (Picasso “discovered” cubism here) or ancient fortified city of Carcassonne.
8:00 am Morning village walk
9:00 am Gather for croissants+fruit+coffee
9:30 am Morning writing workshop
12:30 pm Karen’s special smoothie, or lunch on own, power nap
2:00 pm Afternoon Tactile
7:00 pm Group dinner
8:00 pm Evening talk by me or guest
Interesting history: Matisse was 35 when he summered in Collioure. He was an established traditional artist, but his immersion in the colors, the sky and sea and sun, brought forth a new way of painting: fauvism, the first major modern art movement of the 20th century.