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Writer's Retreats
  With Sandra Phinney: Writer. Traveler. Photographer.

  • All about MEMOIR

  • Shinrin-Yoku and Mindful Writing

  • 13 Ways to take “WOW” Photos

"I’m re-inventing myself as a writer. I’m excited! I have a new boss. Moi! And I like her." ~ Sandra Phinney

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Do you have a pile of       fire starter too?        Sandra can help.

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"I attended one of Sandra’s two-day memoir workshops; she set the spark that got me excited about telling my own stories. That spark grew into a steady flame. My first memoir is going to be on bookstore shelves this year, and my second one is in the works. I have Sandra to thank for inspiring me. Sandra provides a good mix of teaching and experiential learning. She is supportive and encouraging and has a way of making participants feel comfortable in order to bring out their full potential." ~ Martha Vowles

All about MEMOIR

Overview: It's about exploring the realms of memoir. Whether you want to improve your journaling, write vignettes for your family, publish personal essays, or write a book, this workshop will springboard you into action.

Over the course of three days, you will learn where to begin and how to mine your memory for stories.

There will be ample time to have one-on-one time with workshop leader, Sandra Phinney ( as well as time to explore and enjoy the unique town of Shelburne.

  •  October 27 ~ 30, 2022 Sold Out

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"I had the pleasure of attending a memoir writing workshop given by Sandra and also attended one of her book launches. I can genuinely say that she is passionate about her craft! She also has a wealth of information that she is more than willing to share. I have learned so much from this inspiring woman." ~ Leanne Pierce Schneider

Shinrin-Yoku and Mindful Writing

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Overview: The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku—or forest bathing—has many health benefits. It can also set us on a writing path that is enlightening, powerful, and fun! In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to tap into your creativity by spending time in nature. With new insights and inspiration, you will then transpose your thoughts/experience onto the page as poetry, prose, or short story. It’s all about being “mindful.” There also will be ample time to have a one-on-one mentoring session with Sandra Phinney, workshop leader (—and time to explore the unique town of Shelburne.

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"What an incredible experience! Not only did I learn a tonne, but I made some new friends, too." ~ Lori Gallagher

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