PENNING IN PARIS

Spend five days exploring the City of Light through led writing workshops. The next retreat dates are to be announced.

Each day will include a leisurely breakfast followed by morning writing workshops with most afternoons free for additional writing. Afternoons or evenings will include outings such as yoga in Luxembourg Gardens, savory tea time at Ladurée, jaunts to favorite English bookstores, boat tour on the Seine, and meditation in the oldest church in Paris.

Picture yourself writing in cafés where Hemingway and de Beauvoir wrote, sharing your literary dreams, and deepening your commitment to a writing project. In our workshops you’ll learn writing tools, tips to find your voice, how to create a book outline, ways to structure your prose, the path to publication, and more.

There will be daily unscheduled space for exploring the city on your own by tiptoeing through the Tuileries, window shopping along the Champs Élysées, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre (or a favorite Monet at Musée d’Orsay), and sipping a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk café.

This adventure is for experienced or aspiring writers longing to connect with their creative spark and explore an inspiring city with a like-hearted group.

Investment: $2395

Bonjour! Here’s a little bit about moi:

I founded Tranquil Space–named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, penned Hip Tranquil Chick, Tranquilista, and Tranquilologie, design eco-fashion TranquiliT, and hold master’s degrees in women’s studies and social work. With a passion for do-gooding, I co-launched Tranquil Space Foundation and am a cheerleader for animal rights.

When not gallivanting in my vintage RV, you’ll find me sipping pots of fragrant tea, practicing yoga on a leopard print mat, or leading retreats globally. My work has been featured on Martha Stewart Living Radio, inDaily Candy, Washingtonian, Yoga Journal, USNews, and numerous books.

I’ve taught writing in Washington, D.C. for years and have studied journal writing to creative non-fiction to memoir. The process of creating and sharing stories is a powerful experience that I’m deeply honored to facilitate. My style is nurturing, encouraging, and offers a gentle nudge to move beyond the comfort zone. Below is a recap of a workshop participant’s experience:

Let me tell you just how good I think this was. I write for a living, and I’ve been to workshops like this in big name places that may have been just as good, but none was better. Kimberly took the pulse of the group and had just the right touch, not too passive, not too intrusive. 

I live in a tiny raspberry-colored maison in Washington, D.C. with a rescue cat, a supportive beau, and a rescue pug. Indulge in musings on “tranquilosophy” through my blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour.

Oh, and if you’re new to this journey, peruse my start here pageBisous.

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When and where is the retreat?

Dates TBA in Paris, France.

How many spots are available?

There are ten total spots available and only a few remain. Early registration is encouraged.

Who should attend?

This retreat is open to all levels of writers. Aspiring to published. Journal writers to journalists. Most women write letters, emails, love notes, postcards, and thoughts. That’s writing!

What is your writing teaching style?

I’ve taught writing in Washington, D.C. for years and have taken various writing courses from journal writing to creative non-fiction to memoir. The process of creating and sharing stories is a powerful experience that I’m deeply honored to facilitate. My style is nurturing, encouraging, and offers a gentle nudge to move beyond the comfort zone. Below is a recap of a workshop participant’s experience:

Let me tell you just how good I think this was. I write for a living, and I’ve been to workshops like this in big name places that may have been just as good, but none was better. Kimberly took the pulse of the group and had just the right touch, not too passive, not too intrusive. 

What books should I read in advance?

While there is no required reading for this retreat, I do have many suggested reads for those of you eager to dive in:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

IMG_6515What is the format?

Each day will include a leisurely breakfast followed by morning writing workshops with a free afternoons or evening. The writing workshops will include writing prompts, exercises, and inspiration. You’ll learn writing tools, tips to find your voice, how to create a book outline, ways to structure your prose, the path to publication, and more. Afternoons or evenings will include outings such as yoga in Luxembourg Gardens, savory tea time at Ladurée, jaunts to favorite English bookstores, a Seine boat tour, and meditation in the oldest church in Paris.

Will there be free time to see the sights?

Absolutely, each day will have a free afternoon or evening for you to explore Paris or simply sit in a café and write. There will be daily unscheduled space for exploring the city on your own by tiptoeing through the Tuileries, window shopping along the Champs Élysées, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre (or a favorite Monet at Musée d’Orsay), or sipping a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk café. Anything your heart desires.

 What’s included in my registration?

Four nights at a boutique hotel (double occupancy) with free WIFI, continental breakfast, yoga, led writing workshops, meditation, a writer’s goody bag, an afternoon lunch at Ladurée, Seine boat cruise, Metro tickets, and sensory surprises. Plus exclusive access to a special France podcast series, Facebook group, and private website with tips on writing, retreat preparations, and more.

IMG_7104What’s not included in my registration?

Airfare, transportation to hotel, and other meals.

When should I fly in and out of Paris?

We’ll have our opening gathering at 2pm on Monday so plan to arrive Monday morning with a minimum of two to three hours to travel from the airport to the hotel. The retreat ends Friday at noon so please avoid booking a flight sooner than 4pm to allow ample time to attend the group’s closing circle and travel to the airport.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

You’ll receive detail instructions with various options as the retreat gets closer.

I don’t do yoga, will I be ok?

Our yoga practices will offer an opportunity to tune into the body after spending lots of time in our heads writing. We’ll have a few classes offered and attendance is not required. All you need is a yoga mat, comfy clothing that stretches, and a basic understanding of movement.

What should I pack?

Lots and lots of layers. The weather changes within minutes from warm sun to chilly rain so it’s best to be prepared. You’ll receive a complete packing list as the retreat date gets closer.

IMG_6749I don’t speak French, can I still come?

Oui, I only know a few key phrases and get by. You’ll receive a podcast with helpful phrases to help ease any concern. Also, a basic phrasebook may be good to tote, too.

Is this retreat open to men?

Penning in Paris is only for women at this time.

Is Paris safe?

Despite the recent turmoil in Paris and the rest of France, I often travel solo throughout Paris and have never felt unsafe. However, it’s important to keep a big city mentality in mind with valuables. The US Embassy website is a good resource.

How much is airfare and meals?

Flights to Paris from the U.S. are typically $1000 to $1500. I try to use miles as often as possible which may be a good option for you, too. Meals range from $15-$25 at your average café.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, all rooms are double occupancy and you will be sharing it with another participant. Many past roommates have gone on to become lifelong friends. However, you are in your room mainly to sleep and bathe so it’s a small portion of your Paris time.

When do I get an invite to join the private Facebook group?

As the retreat date gets closer, you will receive an invite to the private Facebook group.

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What is the international (held outside the US) retreat cancellation policy?

No refunds will be issued for your deposit. Deposits may be transferred once only to secure a spot in an announced upcoming retreat if the cancellation is received sixty (60) days prior to the retreat minus a 10% administration fee. No refunds for your balance will be issued unless your space can be filled with someone from the waiting list. If your space is not filled from the waiting list, a credit toward future offerings will be issued only if the cancellation is received thirty (30) days prior to the retreat minus the deposit and a $500 administrative fee. No credits or refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within thirty (30) days of the event. If the event is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, your deposit and paid balance will be refunded fully.

Should I get trip cancellation insurance? 

To help insure your peace of mind, trip cancellation insurance may be an option for you. Your deposit and eventually your full payment is non-refundable. Peruse www.insuremytrip.com for program and pricing options to cover medical and dental emergencies, missed connections, lost baggage, and trip cancellation if you have an issue that keeps you from attending.

TESTIMONIALS

 

The perfect balance

This retreat had the perfect balance of structured time and free time. It was fun as well as productive and inspirational. The workshops were instrumental in helping me break through some personal barriers, leaving me with lots of new writing tools and focused goals that will be useful for a long time to come. The new friends I’ve made as a result of this experience are priceless!

Honor your inner writer

Anyone who is at all interested in the Paris retreat should honor their heart and inner writer by signing up. Kimberly sets the stage for a life changing experience on so many levels. I can’t recommend it enough!

Highly recommend

I highly recommend Penning in Paris. It was a lovely experience in a beautiful city. Kimberly is the perfect host. She helped me find the inspiration, direction, and motivation to become a better writer. I appreciated her guidance on finding my voice. It was great to write and share with a group of supportive, like-minded women. I now have the courage to start my own blog. I would do this retreat again!

A unique retreat

A unique retreat, I can’t think of any other teacher/host or set up like this, and I’ve been on plenty of retreats – pleasure, creativity, camaraderie and spirituality without over-worthiness or guilt. And everyone came back thoroughly inspired and nourished. What other retreat takes place in a way so deeply immersed in – rather than escaping from – the beauties of the world? While eating rose flavoured sorbet? While meditating in the oldest church in Paris, or drinking champagne with like minded ladies? I loved it.

Productivity boost

I’m amazed at what’s been created since our retreat. Paris with you and your guiding hand and attention to detail help guide me in a very supportive way. Thank you for following your path, because what you do is so needed. I’m blogging regularly and I have a few other blog ideas. And a book idea has certainly emerged. I have about a thousand words written for the fictional novel, have created time lines for the lives of three of the main characters, and have started research.“—Alisha, blogger at Yoke and Abundance