Tue, March 31

Writing & Meditation Retreat comes to Sedona
Women can discover their creative voice at the Briar Patch Inn

Sarah McLean

Sarah McLean

The Yoga of Writing: A Woman's Writing and Meditation Retreat  is planned for March 11-13 at the Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona.  Women writers of all experience levels are welcome at this weekend retreat presented by The Sedona Meditation Training Company.

 Sarah McLean, the founding director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company, is a writer and seasoned presenter of mind/body health and self-discovery programs.  She's served as education director of Deepak Chopra's mind/body health center, director of Byron Katie's School for the Work, and assistant to Seat of the Soul author, Gary Zukav.  She has been leading retreats for over a decade and in March will lead participants through the weekend with co-facilitator Sedona writer/artist Victoria Nelson.

 In the '90s, Nelson left the corporate world in Phoenix to pursue her passion of writing and painting, which she now does full time.  She receives artistic inspiration from the contrasting light and colors in Sedona where she's lived for eight years and where she spends her fall, spring and winter. In the summer, the dramatic light and ever-changing sea of Monhegan Island, Maine inspire her art and writing.  Her paintings can be seen at the Canyon Mesa Clubhouse, 50 Jacks Canyon Road, in the Village of Oak Creek through the end of March.  

 "Writing, painting, and meditation can be so similar," shares Nelson. "Both help us to experience timelessness, and both cultivate creativity, beyond the notions of the intellect."

 McLean first discovered the writing practice she teachers when she was dealing with cancer in the early 90s.  She says she found it difficult to express herself as a teen and young woman, and often suppressed her ideas and emotions.   The cancer developed in her throat area, which made perfect sense to her.  That inability to share her creativity had become a habit throughout her early adult life.  It all changed with writing practice combined with meditation.  She found both vital to her healing as she explored how to express herself.  

 "I found a writing practice that enabled me to listen to my own voice, to find out what I really felt and thought about life in general.  I gained confidence in expressing myself.  It was one of the first steps I took, supported by meditation, to connect to my emotions, creativity, and purpose in life."

 Participants will be immersed in the perfect setting for quieting the mind and finding creativity at The Briar Patch Inn in Oak Creek Canyon.  The Inn is one of those secret spots in Sedona at the base of the red rock mountains, alongside the spring fed waters of Oak Creek. It's a healing, magical oasis of towering sycamores, majestic canyon oaks, dappled sunlight, and frisky squirrels.  Participants may commute or stay at the Briar Patch during the retreat.

Registration and information can be found at or call (928) 204-0067.

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