A Women’s Reflective Writing Retreat

March 28 - 31, 2019

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  • Immerse yourself in the technique of reflective writing

  • Receive inspiration on creativity, self-discovery, and writing

  • Enjoy ample quiet time for writing and reflection

  • Commune and share with like-minded women in a safe, supportive environment

Soul Connection

You’ve been feeling like you want to spend more time exploring what your life may be calling you to do next.

Maybe you’ve read books or even attended a course to help you dig in and discover more of your soul self. But whatever insights you’ve gained seem to slip through your fingers, and juggling all that, amid the demands of your regular life, feels like a lot. Unfortunately, the personal development stuff has taken a back seat lately.

What you really need is a chance to step away from your life for a few days to reflect and listen to what your heart has been telling you.

You enjoy writing

You might journal, write family stories, or even secretly long to become a writer. You don’t necessarily have a project you are working on, but you may have one. And you’re looking to connect more deeply to your Inner Writer.

But you might not think of yourself as a ‘writer’

Well, I believe everyone is a creative being at heart, but I want you to know that this retreat isn’t for ‘writers only.’

It’s designed to help you use writing as a tool to tap into your own inner wisdom and stories. You don’t need to be working on a project or have something you want to produce. We’ve had participants in our retreat before that have never written anything outside of school except for an occasional journal entry who’ve told us their experiences have been worthy, rich.

Having said that, we also have had participants come away with ideas for poems, stories or personal essays. It’s up to you what you choose to do with the material you cultivate while we’re together.

I thought the whole workshop was more reflective writing but was so pleased at how I could use practical techniques to also deepen answers to my personal questions and end up with a start to a personal essay.

— Previous Retreat Participant, Racine, WI


There is generous time set aside for communing, for sharing in small intimate groups of women. Although it is consistently what participants tell us is one of the most powerful part of our retreats, I want to let you know that you don’t need to share what you write.  Our purpose during the small group sharing times is to create connection – you get to define how that feels best to you.

In fact, most of what you will write reflectively those days will be raw material, downloaded straight from the Creative Spirit or your own soul, and really isn’t ready for sharing. We do have one more formal exercise we invite you to try and give you ample time to polish and ready for sharing. You always have the option to share your experience of the exercise versus the actual writing.


About Me

My name is Diane Douiyssi, and I’m the owner of Inner Wisdom Wayfinding where I’m a Writing Mentor, certified Martha Beck Life Coach and Creative Business Coach who helps individuals listen to and follow their inner wisdom so they can find their own unique way home in this world. I’m a lifelong writer who, having discovered the richness of reflective writing, uses it daily to access my own inner guidance and suffuse my writing, business and life with spirit. Previously, I worked for 15 years in the corporate world, most recently as Director, Content Marketing in Global Marketing & Communications where I wrote professionally, consulted and led workshops. I’ve lived across the globe and am currently settled in the Midwest, close to the earth and peoples that nourish the world.

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My Co-Facilitator

I’m giving this retreat with my dear friend and author, Mary Kay Shanley.

I first met Mary Kay over 10 years ago when she was giving a presentation at the library in Ankeny, Iowa. Lucky me to have her in my life because I never stop learning from her.

She is the author of eleven books and began her career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into freelance writing when her children were small. Her first book, She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes, became a bestseller. Nine books followed; she’s currently writing a memoir about adoption. Mary Kay is an instructor with the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival. Her most profound experience has been leading classes inside the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. She and her husband live in West Des Moines, IA.

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. Because Diane and Mary Kay put a great amount of research, effort, tried and true experience, and heart and soul into this content, it was an experience that challenged, nurtured, and called forth wisdom, discernment, and processes I can actually use on my own. I feel empowered, hopeful, and grateful. Thank you!

— Previous Retreat Participant, Racine, WI

Are You Ready to Join Us?

*You will be taken to the retreat house’s website to complete your registration.


More Information

Our reflective writing retreat includes:

  • Exploring the link between the Creative Spirit and the Soul

  • Immersion in the technique of reflective writing

  • Inspiration from teachers on creativity, self-discovery, and writing

  • Ample quiet time for writing

  • Opportunities to get to know and share with like-minded women in a safe, supportive environment

  • Freedom to enjoy time alone in a beautiful, contemplative retreat center

  • Writing exercises designed to help you tap into your soul’s guidance

  • Vehicles to spark ideas for personal essays, stories, or poems, if you wish

  • Optional social gathering Saturday evening

  • Optional Q&A time with Mary Kay and/or myself for more personal questions


  • The retreat takes place from Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31, 2019


  • Benedictine Retreat Center located at 1126 Road I, Schuyler, Nebraska 68661


  • $324 USD includes program fee, lodging (single occupancy), all meals and taxes

    *Double occupancy: $298

Are You Ready to Join Us?

*You’ll be taken to the retreat house’s website to complete your registration



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