Free Live Virtual Summer Retreat: Join Us!

Free live virtual retreat_ writing into the rhythms of summer

You’re invited to a virtual summer retreat: Writing into the Rhythms of Summer Solstice. And I’m delighted to be teaming up again with my dear friend, author and writing coach Charlotte Rains Dixon.

Because…Summer! What better season for replenishing and renewing?

As Sam Keen says…

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

Without a doubt summer invites us to dial back the striving.

To take some time to set aside agendas and ambitions, and surrender to a kind of playfulness that is freeing and rare. Because so often, in our attempts to lead meaningful, purpose-driven lives, we forget how important play is too.

The truth is, most of us don’t really get enough play.

There’s a thinly veiled bias against it in our society. It doesn’t quite fit with the emphasis on doing more, being more, having more.

And perhaps you feel like there’s simply not enough time for it with the reality of day-to-day life and all the responsibilities of adulting.

The yearning for play persists though, in almost all of us.

Real play. Deep play. True play.

So let’s gather together to write into the rhythms of summer and experience some playful replenishing and renewing.

We’ll come together to write and honor the arrival of summer through a potent blend of…

•reflective writing
•story sharing
•guided meditation


During this summer virtual retreat, we’ll spend two hours together.

We’ll celebrate having just passed the longest day of the year. We’ll honor the sun at the height of its power. And we’ll explore what we most need as the season unfolds and the days begin to shorten.

We’ll be writing together, talking, listening and breathing deeply.

You can participate in the summer virtual retreat at whatever level feels good to you. If there’s time, you’ll be invited to share your writing, but only if you feel comfortable doing so. No pressure, no critiques. This writing is just for you.

Live Virtual Summer Retreat: Writing into the Rhythms of Summer Solstice

  • Monday, June 24, 2019
  • 5pm to 7pm PST via live teleconference

If you can’t attend at this time, you’ll get a link to the recording within three days of the summer solstice retreat so you can listen and take part on your own.

Once you sign up for the virtual summer retreat, you’ll be on the list to receive reminders. We’ll also send out the private teleconference number a few days before, with a final reminder the day of the retreat: Monday, June 24, 2019, at 5pm PST.


Bring your journal, a pen and an open heart.

So looking forward to writing into the rhythms of the summer solstice with you on June 24!

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P.S. Please share the love and let others know about this virtual summer retreat. They can sign up right here.

Patty Bechtold

Patty Bechtold

Welcome. I'm a Santa Rosa therapist and life coach, and I help women who feel like something’s missing in their lives or themselves. I specialize in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief, life transition, and women's groups. On this blog I write about different approaches to help you find your way back to your deepest wisdom. Thank you for being here.