Shamanic Gateless Writing Retreat

with Suzanne Kingsbury and Eli Rechtschaffen

For the first time ever, the singular magic of the Shamanic Journey and the bliss of Gateless Writing find confluence in this four-day once-in-a-lifetime retreat October 26th-29th, 2017 on the Connecticut sound.

During these four incredible days, you will be gifted the transformational power of shamanic healing and discover the written word as a conduit to your higher self.

In the land of surface dwellers, this is a retreat for the deep diver, the creative who wants to play in the haven of the sacred. Using ancient wisdom from the ancestors and some of the most consecrated rituals from the Shamanic tradition, you will find yourself in an astonishing state of bliss and systemic integration. Designed to crack open conditioning and discover the brilliant genius inside, this is your sanctuary, a tonic to intensify that which is radiant and splendid within.

You will experience:

  • The sanctuary of an intimate group experience, where you will be nurtured with a profound sense of safety and community.
  • Shamanic healing, song and ritual so you can shed past conditioning and open the portal to your own ancient wisdom.
  • Daily Thai head massage + deep bodywork to free the body from physical and emotional blocks.
  • Gateless Writing salons that uncover inner genius and allow you to lean into your innate strength and talent as a creative.
  • Home-cooked meals, fire circles, belly-laughter, metamorphosis and profound nurturing.

Fly away with us!! Retreats fill up fast, so please send us an email to if you’d like to register.

Arrival: Thursday, October 26th at 6:00.

Closing Ceremony: Sunday, October 29 will be completed Sunday by 2:00.

Where: The retreat will be held at a six bedroom house on the marshes of Long Island Sound in Branford, CT, 1 hour 40 minutes by Metro North train and the Shoreline east from Grand Central Station in New York/1 hour from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, and 1 hour 15 minutes from Providence airport in Rhode Island.

Cost: Pricing includes 4 days of Shamanic fire +plant ceremonies, Thai head massage and Reiki, Gateless writing salons + supportive peer feedback, home-cooked meals with a personal chef and writing feedback to your inbox about where you genius lives on the page and the brilliance in your work.

Single room in the retreat house: $1650 (only one left)
Shared room in the retreat house: $1250
Single room in the Gateless Homestead (close to the retreat house): $1575

Your Facilitators:
Eli Rechtshaffen began his journey as a healer at the age of 18. He has studied with the indigenous shamans in the forests of South America, and his work draws from the knowledge of the ancestors in that area. The lineage that Eli follows is carried by Taita Juan from the Siona and Ingano tribes of Colombia. These studies were furthered with a shamanic lineage of the Peruvian Andes, whereby he became a full mesa carrier. His journey has taken him to the depths of the Amazon jungle to learn about their medicinal plants and his healings include illuminations, extractions, soul retrievals and death rites. His work includes Reiki, Energy Medicine Healing, Tibetan Meditation Practices and Shamanic Practices. Each year he leads healing retreats with people from around the world. He lives in Costa Rica, where he has his own shamanic healing practice and continues to visit Colombia a few times a year for further studies. His life mission is to be of greatest service to the planet and to awaken all beings by showing them that what they are all searching for in their lives is within themselves already.

Suzanne Kingsbury
Suzanne Kingsbury is an award-winning author, whose work has been translated widely abroad and optioned for film. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award, an Oxford Town Fiction Award and has been shortlisted for the Robert Olen Butler Award, the Fog City Writer’s Award and a Dana Award.

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 and therapeutic touch to develop writers’ unique talent and singular genius, enabling them to move through residual blocks and create domain-changing prose. Through retreats, workshops, one-on-one intensives and career training programs, Suzanne has helped countless writers on their path to acquiring top agents, signing 6-figure book deals, hitting bestseller lists and wining prestigious literary awards. Her writers have been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and major Hearst publications, they have seen themselves on CBS, NBC and ABC affiliates, and have appeared in Forbes, USA Today, and on the Jane Pauley show.

As a writing intuit, Suzanne’s “channeling” and shamanic practices have created incredible shifts in her writers’ work and in their lives. Ultimately, she believes the urge to write is a dancing order from the divine, writers are chosen “scribes”, and the messages they are called to write have extraordinary power to change the world.