Gateless Writing Winter Escape

Gateless Writing Winter Retreat on the Gulf of Mexico,
Carillon Beach, FL, March 5-8, 2021.
This 4-day Gateless Writing retreat was designed for 12 writers to cozy up at a seaside manse in one of the best kept secrets on the Gulf Coast: Carillon Beach, Florida.
Gateless retreats are about making mad love to the muse and diving into the astounding wellspring of your own limitless creative mind. A content-creation retreat in an 8-bedroom manse on the sea with a private chef, our very own massage therapist, 8 Gateless Writing salons, and a Gateless hive of fantastic writers to cheer you on.
Carillon Beach was designed by architect Lloyd Wright and built in the vernacular coastal style along 3900 feet of white sand quartz crystal beaches, that made its way down from the Appalachian Mountains centuries ago.
This is a writing retreat haven. Expect to generate an incredible repertoire of new work, discover the power and strength of what you can do on the page, and luxuriate in one of the most divine creative sanctuaries in the literary world.
Questions or to apply:

You will experience:

  • --8 Gateless writing salons to generate new work and open the portals to your own unique creative genius.
  • --Gateless feedback to show you the singular power and energy of your language, voice, and story.
  • --Daily Thai head massage + Reiki to free the body from physical and emotional blocks.
  • --Deep tissue massage to reset neurotransmitters in the act of sharing your work.
  • --Feasting a la culinary genius of our private chef (dairy free, gluten free).
  • --Profound nurturing in a light-filled house steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.

Arrival + Departure: Thursday, February 20 at 5:00--Sunday, February 23. The retreat will be completed by 2:00 p.m.


Our first dinner together is Thursday evening at 6:00pm.
The first writing salon is Thursday night at 7:00.
We start morning salons at 9:30 and write until lunchtime.
Afternoon salons start again at 2:30.
Evening salons starts at 7:30.

Morning meals are pick-up, they start at 8:00.
Lunch is at 1:00.
Dinner is at 6:15.

Where: Carillon Beach is about 17 miles from the Northwest Florida airport (ECP). You can take a shuttle or this is an inexpensive time of year to rent a car. Exact address of the house will be sent to you a few weeks before the retreat begins. Carillon Beach is very small.

How to Sign Up:

All-Inclusive Cost: We try to keep Gateless Retreats as affordable as we can, so that you can keep returning again and again.

Single room in the retreat house with attached bath: $2350
Single room in either retreat house: $1875 (one left).
Shared room: $1575 (one left)
Day student rate only for those residing in Northwest Florida: $1350 (includes everything)

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To gain a complete understanding of the Gateless Retreat model, the history, methodology and more, please visit our main RETREAT page.

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Your Gateless Facilitator: 

Suzanne KingsburySuzanne Kingsbury is the founder of Gateless Writing, Inc, and an award-winning, bestselling author, whose work has been translated widely abroad and optioned for film.

In 2007 after graduating from the Bennington College Masters in Fine Arts program, Suzanne founded Gateless Writing, an internationally-acclaimed organization whose unique methodology combines brain science, ancient Zen techniques, and some of the most potent industry resources to help writers create domain-changing prose. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and the Oxford Town Fiction Award and her work has been profiled in Rolling Stone Magazine (European edition), the Guardian, the LA Times, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Ms Magazine, Thrive Global (top writing retreat of 2017), NPR syndicates, and more ...

Through retreats, workshops, one-on-one intensives, and career training programs, Suzanne has helped countless writers on their way to landing top agents, signing lucrative book deals, and winning prestigious literary awards. Her writers have been profiled in some of the world's top media outlets including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes, USA Today, the Jane Pauley show, and more. She believes if you are a writer, you have been tapped by the divine to be a conduit for a message only you can tell and that writers can move a crowd with the power of story.

A Sampling of Testimonials:

Suzanne pulls out what is genius and beautiful about the writer with her nurturing, her feedback, and her incredible insight. I have never felt so held and so boldly, happily alive than at retreat. Thank you thank you thank you to Gateless for changing my life.--Katina Makris, FL, award-winning author of four books including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, Out of the Woods.

If I could live in that hive forever, I would. There is something magical that happens at Gateless that changes the way you see yourself and makes you fall deeply and profoundly in love with the written word. Gateless has changed my life forever. Once you're Gateless, you never go back.--Jen Violi, OR workshop leader and critically-acclaimed YA author.

Once you have the Gateless experience, you realize that there are no gates, that it's all possible and that the limits you thought were there are non-existent, everything was actually yours for the taking all along. If you get to experience Gateless in your lifetime, you are one of the luckiest people alive.--Karen Kenny N.H. spiritual teacher and memoirist.

The Gateless Retreat: bonfires, crazy beautiful writing, a palm reading on the couch between dinner and the next writing salon, feasts of food, laughing until I cried, I loved every single minute of it. And the writing I did on this retreat took me to other realms, completely new worlds, I fell into the writing like falling into another dimension. I now have a completed novel that is part of a trilogy and it is all because of Gateless.--Sarah Gill, CO somatic therapist and naturopath.

To Sign Up: Please send an email to

To gain a complete understanding of the Gateless Retreat model, its history, methodology and more, please visit our main Retreat page.