Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.
— Virginia Woolf

Tune In. Uncover. Express.



The Writer’s Soul Retreat is designed to give you time, space, quiet, and inspiration to help you tune in and uncover what your soul is longing to express in your writing.

 Whether you love poetry or pros, are published, or aren’t even sure you’re comfortable being called “a writer”, this boutique-retreat experience will support you at the deepest level of your writing life.  You will walk away with clarity, confidence, fresh insight, and the gift of slowing down and waking up to your soul.

Your hosts, Christa & Christin are accomplished writers who care about tuning into the soul’s wisdom and helping others bring this to their unique expression. Both successful authors, Christa and Christin look forward to supporting you through gently guided reflections, contemplative writing practices, and collaborative discussion.

Learn more about them in the bios below.

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DATE: Saturday, September 21, 2019

TIME: 9:30am – 4:30pm

LOCATION: Elora, Ontario - “Ontario’s Most Beautiful Village” (less than an 1.5 hour from Toronto)

CAPACITY: 8 people

COST: (Includes all taxes)

  • Early Bird Pricing: Before July 15 - $175.00

  • After July 15,  $200.00

  • *NUVO Members receive 10% discount

Cost Includes:

  • Gently guided reflections, writing prompts & contemplative practices, to help you slow down, tune in, & uncover what your soul wants to express.

  • Quiet time and reflective space to pay attention to your ideas and bring them to the page.

  • Supportive environment to learn from, and share with others.

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and delicious lunch featuring fresh and local food. (including Alma’s Harvest Apple Loaf, The Elora Bread Company, Gerrie Road Farmers Market, Ignatius Farm Greens, and more.)

  • Full day enjoying the beautiful, quiet, two-acre country property, with plenty of cozy nooks to sit, reflect & write - both inside and outside!

  • New ‘Writer’s Journal’ to capture your thoughts and musings.

  • 15 page workbook, chalk full of  helpful “next-step” contemplative writing exercises to take home after retreat.

  • 25% off one personal one-hour coaching session with either Christa or Christin after retreat.

Who is this for?

  • You love to write but never seem to have the time to slow down and tune into those deeper words that you know want to be brought to expression.

  • You have a consistent writing practice and may even be working on a project. You’re looking for the time and space away from the hustle to settle in and listen to your soul.

  • You might not call yourself a “writer”, but you know you’ve got an idea in you and you want to give yourself the time to explore.

  • You’ve hit a block in your writing and you need to create space for some fresh inspiration to emerge.

Register - (note: September’s retreat has sold out)

Use the “Register Now” button below to reserve and pay for your spot on the retreat. Please note: all sales are final and there are no refunds. If you are unable to make the retreat after you’ve registered, you are able to personally transfer your registration to someone else. All you need to do is let us know!

Your Hosts, Christin & Christa

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Christin Taylor is the author of two books. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Sojourners. She is also the editor for the Annesley Writers Forum, a collection of 50+ women writing about life and faith.

Most recently, Christin is a PhD student, studying composition and rhetoric at the University of Waterloo. As a missionary kid, Christin grew up in four different countries by the age of 18. Now she lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and two kids. Learn more about Christin at www.christintaylor.com.

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Christa Hesselink has been guiding individuals and groups as they dig deeper into their spiritual life for her entire twenty year career.

She is a well-respected keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and retreat leader. She is the Canadian best-selling author of Life’s Great Dare: Risking It All for the Abundant Life. She is a certified coach and is the founder of SoulPlay.ca . Learn more about Christa here.

Land Acknowledgment: The retreat will be operating in privilege on the traditional homeland of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee nations. We give thanks to and acknowledge the many Indigenous Peoples who call this region home. We hold with us in this space the recognition of the violence committed in the name of God against the Indigenous Peoples of this land, our fellow image bearers of God, as we work and pray for shalom. Today, this area is home to many indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Credit.