Diving Into the Mystery:
A Journey to Creative Expression
with Libby Wagner & Owen Ó Súilleabháin
Thursday, November 5 to Monday, November 9, 2020
Owen and Libby bring their creative magic from Kerry, Ireland, to the US for 2020! You might be a writer who desires time to dive more deeply into your work. You may be a curious pilgrim to your own creativity and artistry. No matter your journey, you will leave the retreat inspired and transformed by Owen’s Irish music, story, and mythology, and Libby’s crafting and facilitation of exercises to connect you to your own writing and creative mysteries.
In the Celtic feast of Samhain [pro. SOW-in], we mark the beginning of the Celtic New Year, when we notice the evenings coming more quickly and darkness sweeps over the land. This time reaffirms that all of creation comes from the dark interiority, the deep and mysterious darkness, where seeds are buried, and dreams are held until it is time for them to be birthed. This is also a time where our outward sight is directed upon the inner landscape of our selves, echoing in sympathy with the darkness of the land. The veil between what is seen and unseen can be very thin.
We invite you to a time of deep listening, an exploration of the mystery of your own creative seeds, a leaning into the dark places and spaces that hold the magic of creative intention and expression.
LIBBY WAGNER Writing Instructor and Artistry Guide
...Which is why I rise early
in the pre-dawn
before anyone, or anything
can tell me otherwise,
I send this wish out
over the rooftops,
the mountains in the distance,
pink with hope and honor.
Let me be able for this.
Let me say yes, or say no,
but let me say it now:
whatever comes in, light or dark,
I give myself up
to the joy
of every tiny thing.
Libby Wagner (excerpt)
OWEN Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN Curator of Extraordinary Celtic Experiences
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Writing in Ireland exceeded my expectations in every possible way—and you can quote me! Fabulous food, faeries, facilitation of breakthroughs personal and professional. I was bathed in your wisdom, cleansed in the fires of Bealtaine, and changed forever in Parknasilla’s magic presence. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, whose depths have opened deeper than ever before in this life.
C. Lafferty Eckl
This positive writing experience has been like no other for me. It has inspired me to have more confidence in my writing ability, along with new techniques to arouse my inner muse. The love and warmth of the other attendees is still with me. Thanks to you all, I feel lucky and privileged to have crossed paths with you.
For many years, I have desired to see Ireland…and to hone my skills and become more disciplined as a writer. This seemed the perfect opportunity to indulge in both; it absolutely did not fail to deliver.
Libby Wagner is an accomplished and published writer and hostess extraordinaire! Her credentials might be intimidating were she not such a beguiling and encouraging Coach.
The program was designed to inspire on the deepest levels, feeding and calling upon all of our senses in a myriad of ways and within the safety of an environment that allowed us to flourish. We were immersed in an abundance of poetry, story, music, divine food and of course, writing. There were provocative exercises and inspiring excursions. We were treated to guest performances and lively conversations beside a smoldering, peat fire.
This carefully curated, exquisite container made for an unforgettably rich experience. Already I long to return!
The writer’s retreat in Ireland can be summed up in three words: Departure, Deepening, and Connection. Sure it was a departure to a foreign country, but it was also a departure to and from so much more. It was a departure from my everyday life, routines, work and worries. It was a departure to a magical and ancient land that held surprises around every corner. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to say “Yes” to Libby’s invitation – so I’d like to think I went with an open mind, an open spirit and an open heart – all of which were filled to overflowing during my time there and even still at the memories of it.
I also experienced a deepening on this trip. Taking this time away really helped me focus and deepen my writing. It gave me time and space to think, to go deeper – and in most cases, to write about it. It reminded me that I really enjoy “deeper living,” and it rekindled my desire to notice and be amazed by the small miracles that happen around us all the time. This deepening started with taking notice of the profound quietness and solitude of Parknasilla, and continued as each gathering unfolded, and during times of personal reflection that were built into the retreat.
Through the whole experience, a deep connection to Ireland developed. This connection encompassed the beautiful landscapes, people, stories, rituals, language, flavors, places, and songs that Libby, Owen and Dónall navigated for us. Connections were a pleasant surprise! When I arrived, I only knew Libby. Through her facilitation and the experiences we shared, I have a wonderful group of new friends who are incredibly interesting and talented.
If you can, I encourage you to say “Yes” to this invitation. Take time for your own departure from everyday life and find out what personal treasures Ireland holds for you.
Welcome to the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest at Sleeping Lady Resort in Icicle Creek, Washington, USA. Write in your cozy and luxurious cabin, nestled in the woods of the Cascade Mountains, where you will enjoy abundant, gourmet food, stimulating sessions, and quiet time for writing and reflection. Using generative writing exercises, small group discussion, music, fireside chats, and walks upon the land, we invite you to share in the abundance of creativity that this time of year encourages within us.
PREPARATION & DAILY ROUNDS
You will be asked to submit your application for registration, including a questionnaire,
and some initial intentions for your participation. Writing experience varies. New, published, and curious writers are all welcome.
If you would like to have a preliminary call with Libby or Owen so they can understand your desires for the experience and answer any questions, please inquire. They will likely offer an assignment or practice for you to investigate before your arrival at Sleeping Lady.
DURING THE RETREAT
Each Day will combine quiet writing time, walks or excursions, writing exercises, discussion, music, sharing, and general merriment. You will receive a schedule upon arrival.
The total cost for the experience is $3,500* and includes:
Your own private en-suite room.
All of your meals, made of the the very best of local, organic food.
(All preferred diets accommodated)
Ground transport during your stay.
*$500 due upon registration
*Receive a special gift if paid in full
*Payment can be made in 3 installments
More details on payment, arrival information, and dietary requirements will be provided upon registration.