Self-Guided (DIY) Writing Retreat with Naomi Shihab Nye

Sunday, March 26 - April 1, 2017

Have you been longing for time and space to write? For silence and a room of your own? For inspiration from a favorite poet to spur your own words? Wisdom Ways invites you to create a Do-It-Yourself writing retreat during Naomi Shihab Nye’s week as writer-in-residence, Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1. A single DIY writing retreat registration fee covers:

The DIY writing retreat does not include meals, except where noted. The rooms share access to a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, sink and dishes, and many restaurants are located nearby. This opportunity is an experiment offered for a limited number of retreatants who wish to create their own writing experience, without a retreat leader (other than you!) but supported and fed by inspiration and teaching from Naomi Shihab Nye. Come by yourself, with a writing buddy or with your whole writing group.


As part of your DIY Retreat experience, the following opportunities are available to you:

1. A one-on-one hour-long consultation with Wisdom Ways writing instructors Karen Hering or Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew. The cost for a one-hour consultation with either instructor is $75.00.

Karen Hering Hours:
Monday, 3/27: 9:00 -11:00 am
Thursday, 3/30: 9:00 – 10:00 am and 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

To book a one-hour consultation with Karen Hering, please email her at

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew Hours
Thursday, 3/30: 9:00 – 10:00 am and 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

To book a one-hour consultation with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, please email her at

You are welcome to pay both Karen and Elizabeth with cash or a personal check.  In the event that you wish to pay for the session with a debit or credit card, Wisdom Ways will process your payment during the week of the DIY retreat.


2. Karen Hering or Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will read manuscripts in advance.  The cost for the manuscript read is $25.00. To have your manuscript read, please note the following requirements:

  • The manuscript cannot exceed 3,500 words.
  • The manuscript must be received at least two weeks in advance of the start of the DIY retreat—March 12, 2017.
  • Checks and cash can be given to either Karen or Elizabeth; if it is necessary to use a credit card, Wisdom Ways will process this payment.
  • Email your manuscript to either Elizabeth or Karen:
  • Title the subject of your email: Manuscript Read Request: Wisdom Ways DIY Retreat


Kabeya MediaNaomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes, including poetry, essays, short stories, novels for young readers, and picture books. The Turtle of Oman, her novel for children, was named Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book, a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the American Library.



Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; the forthcoming Living Revision: Opening the Writer’s Art; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work explores the intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.


Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within and consulting literary minister at Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, leads retreats and programs engaging writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for healing and social action and offers spiritual mentoring to writers.




WHEN: Sunday, March 26 - Saturday, April 1

WHERE: Wisdom Ways, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105

COST: $425.00. This retreat is now closed for registration.