The True Secret of Writing: Sit, Walk, Write with Natalie Goldberg at Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)

La Pointe, Wisconsin, United States

Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018


TUITION / COST:$1,100; lodging and meals are separate
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CONTACT: Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA)
PHONE: 715-747-2054

eople from around the world attend Natalie Goldberg’s life changing workshops. She is the author of thirteen books, including Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, which has sold over a million and a half copies and been translated into fourteen languages.

Mirabai Starr, award winning author and speaker, will be joining Natalie Goldberg for this retreat.

In her introduction to The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life to Language, Natalie Goldberg says, “To find your writer’s voice is to find your spine; it is to connect your breath of inspiration with the world’s breath.” In this retreat at MISA, we will do just that. Natalie will guide us into quiet exploration and attention, both within and without, diving into our unique yet universal experiences.

Just three months before the mid-term elections in the US, this week of sit, walk, write practice will ground us with structure and community. We will settle into ourselves, allow the Wisconsin summer and warm breeze from Lake Superior to support our backs, so that we can simultaneously be actively engaged and be at ease with being in the world.

Each day we will have silence from wake-up till 4:30PM. Class sessions will be Monday - Friday from 9:30 am -12:30 pm & 4 - 6 pm. We will have space for deep listening—to yourself and others—in small and large groups. We will also hold book discussions. There will be free time to write on your own, take a nap or walk. Bring fast writing pens, notebooks and beginner's mind. A reading list will be sent to students upon registration.

The exclusive lodging/meal package for this special workshop week includes four on-campus dinners.


Featured Writers Include:

Natalie Goldberg, Mirabai Starr


Fiction, Creative nonfiction


978 Middle Road
PO Box 536
La Pointe
Wisconsin, United States

Madeline Island School of the Arts

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is recognized for its world renowned instructors. Classes are held on Madeline Island from June – October in spacious studios with superior on-site accommodations and a full-time staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience.

MISA's main campus is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, in northern Wisconsin. Winter workshops are held at the two MISA West locations: Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.