• $895.00 – Private Room in a Shared Cottage, includes meals and classes
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Writing as a Spiritual Practice

With Sallie Tisdale

May 30 - June 1, 2025

We are honored to have Writer and Zen Teacher, Sallie Tisdale of Portland, OR to offer this contemplative retreat that merges your inner life with creative expression!

When we use writing as a spiritual practice, we realize that creative work and spiritual orientation feed each other. We also find the courage and freedom to express ourselves from the heart.

This curriculum has been taught as a live workshop and an online class through Tricycle Online Courses. This weekend is designed for both beginning and working writers, and as a creative expression for everyone.

  • Students will gain a sense of their internal censors and biases and how these limit expression.
  • Students will explore methods such as echo, repetition, and rhythm by encountering and practicing spiritually inspired work from many traditions.
  • Students will practice writing in traditional as well as freestyle forms on a variety of topics.

Throughout the retreat, we will alternate between listening to the sounds of traditional spiritual writing,  free writing, guided exercises, and creative writing.  The retreat includes exercises to help cultivate qualities like curiosity and fearlessness, and ways to create work which exudes these qualities.


Schedule (Subject to change):


3pm Check in
5:30pm Dinner
7-8:30 pm  Opening Session


7am Optional Meditation
8am Breakfast
9-11:30am Morning Session
12:15pm Lunch
3-5:30pm Afternoon Session
5:30pm Dinner
7-8pm: Optional peer discussion or solitary work and exercise

7am: Optional Meditation
8-10am Morning session
10am Brunch
11:30am Closing session
1pm Checkout


Sallie Tisdale
Sallie Tisdale is the author of ten books, most recently The Lie About the Truck. Her earlier books include Women of the Way and Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them), and a collection of essays called Violation. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. She is an authorized teacher in the Soto Zen lineage, and she teaches at Dharma Rain…
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