Summer 2021


The Sequoia Retreat Center

2021: Sequoias, California

2021: Sequoias, California

Time & Location

Summer 2021

The Sequoia Retreat Center, 11445 Alba Rd, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, USA

About the event

The purpose of this writing retreat is to be in a community of writers, to be part of craft classes and group discussions, and to write. We work with writers in any genre hoping to make significant process over the duration of the trip.  Writers at any stage of the process are encouraged to attend.

Your day will start in workshops, and then you have time to write, experience the magic of the sequoias, and enjoy yourselves in nature. All meals will be provided and we will eat as a group, but if you need some time alone, you can split off.

One month before the retreat, each writer is encouraged to submit a short piece to be discussed in the daily workshop.

Writing workshops will be led by Kate Gale, poet, author, editor, and co-founder of Red Hen Press.

Publishing, media, and marketing workshops will be led by Tobi Harper, Marketing Director of Red Hen Press and Instructor in Editing and Publishing at UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Event coordinator and photographer, Emily Petrie will be onsite to assist during the retreat.  She will also be offering author portraits. 

The Sequoia Retreat Center offers scenic hiking, nightly campfires, and a meditation labyrinth for you to enjoy during your stay.

Your registration fee includes four nights lodging at the retreat residence, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, morning writing workshops, two group coaching sessions, a welcome party, and a farewell party.

You are responsible for your transportation to Sequoia Retreat Center. We can help with shuttle schedules, directions, and other logistical support.

Final costs are:

Private cabin $2350 | 2 Cabins Available 

2 Person Shared Cabin Room $1600* | 2 Cabin Rooms Available 

3 Person Shared Cabin $1350* | 3 Cabins Available 

4 Person Shared Cabin $1200* | 1 Cabin Available ​

*Shared pricing only available if another writer also registers to share a room. Bring a friend!

Important to note:

-All cabins have their own bathroom

-Private cabins are very limited

Returning Participants and New Participants, who register prior to 04/1/2020 receive a 10% discount.  

Letter From Travel For Writers & Sequoia Retreat Center regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Dear Writers,

We are thrilled you will be joining us this summer!

We want to ask for your help in keeping everyone healthy in light of the COVID-19 virus. Gratefully, the instances in the Greater San Francisco-Santa Cruz Bay Area have been few, and we want to do our part to ensure the rates remain low.

We have been tracking the latest developments and following the guidance from the California

state and county departments of public health. We've taken a number of extra measures to help

everyone stay healthy and minimize the spread of all transmissible diseases. 

The retreat center has stepped up our already rigorous cleaning and disinfection of equipment and surfaces prior & after each retreat, reinforcing hygiene practices and asking staff members if they have flu-like symptoms to stay home.

They've added to each of your cabins and to the lodge, bleach wipes, and hand sanitizer.  

If you, our guest, are here, we assume you are not sick or experiencing any flu-like symptoms. If you

are, please self-isolate & consult a doctor.

You can help! The most important way to keep risk low is for everyone in our community to take proper precautions. These include:

● Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or a flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing

● Making use of the hand sanitizer, tissue and disinfecting wipes we provide

● Washing your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap

● Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with the wipes provided

● Ask for a thermometer if you are feeling unwell

● If you have any symptoms of fever, flu or respiratory problems, please consult a doctor

immediately [Dominican Hospital, 1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065; (831) 462-7700;

Emergency room: Open 24 hours]

We want to reiterate that making sure our retreat and the retreat center is a healthy, safe and welcoming environment is our highest goal. We pursue that goal by following the guidance of public health agencies, taking sensible precautions, being prepared for a changing situation, and sharing this information with you.

Thank you for joining us by doing your part to maintain a safe, welcoming and healthy environment.

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