The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat

The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat
Tuscany, Italy
May 6-10, 2024

That first Gateless Retreat completely changed my career, my writing and my life. I will never be the same--Sarah Montana, Screenwriter.

Cypress-lined hills, sun-drenched Medieval hill towns and gorgeous Renaissance art, from the rugged Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chianti’s  vineyards, there's no better place to write than Tuscany...

Have you been needing a creative oasis where you can create the work you have you been longing to move into the world? The Gateless Retreat was curated just for you.

This May, Gateless is taking 10 writers to the seat of creative inspiration, an Italian villa in the heart of Tuscany, just outside of Florence and a stone's throw from the medieval city of Cortona.

This exclusive, all-inclusive retreat includes gardens, a heated pool, our own private chef, gourmet excursions and a day in Florence to bask in the artistic inspiration of ancient art. 

Discover your singular genius and the unique power of your talent as a writer.

As the sole occupants of the villa, you will experience a high-touch experience and create some of the most fantastic content of your life, feast on fresh gourmet, receive daily meditative prompts, Reiki + Thai head massage, make incredible connections and write like you've never written before.

Enjoy informal talks on craft and publishing, networking with your brand new friends, dipping in the pool and excursions to the heart of Tuscany.

For over a decade Gateless Writing Retreats have given writers the time and space to create work that moves a crowd. This is the escape you have been waiting for to generate new writing in the forcefield of creative community.

Gateless feedback is unique in that it blows through the construct of the internalized external critic and shows you the incredible strength and brilliance in what you are creating. This method moves your work (and your life) to unprecedented heights.

Between writing sessions, we will cozy up Gatelessly, which means making life-long friends, getting offline publishing advice, sharing proven ways to blast through the critic and showing each other how to create work that brings your life to new creative zeniths.

The full schedule is below. To sign up please email us at:

The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat Tuscany, Italy

The Gateless Writing Retreats are transformative, electrifying, nothing compares to the elation you feel with Suzanne’s daily Thai head massage, the bodywork you receive in the circle, and that incredible infusion of community and soaring creativity that is Gateless. The critical voice falls away and you find again the pure, blissful intention to create great work. Nothing else compares.
-- Lauren Myers, MFA, Newton Mass

The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat Tuscany, Italy

There’s nothing like a writing retreat with Suzanne Kingsbury, she’s a guru, a magician and a fairy godmother. When you’re in her retreat, your work comes alive, you can’t help it. It’s an out-of-body experience that makes you feel like you flew through the night and hit the stars.--Marshall Chapman, singer/songwriter and bestselling author of Goodbye Little Rock and Roller.

The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat Tuscany, Italy

A Gateless Writing Retreat is like 1000 Christmas mornings…you never want to leave --Kate Baldwin.

Gateless Writing Salons include a guided meditation, Thai head massage + Reiki, a prompt to encourage your writing (if you need it), followed by writing sessions.  Finally, you will receive immediate Gateless feedback where you discover the innate genius and singular power in your work.

Gateless salons gift you with the craft you need to create page-turning writing, develop your unique literary voice and give you the confidence to grow your writing to unparalleled heights.

You will also receive personalized feedback right in your email about the strength and craft in your work from one of the most celebrated development editors in the world.

All meals are included in the price of the retreat and provided by our private chef.

First Evening May 6: 
Arrive anytime. Our private chef will be waiting with Italian fare and a cool drink.
Set up your room, nap, walk through the gorgeous city of Cortona.

Dinner together.
Intro and explanation of the Gateless method and the retreat to come.

Our Days include: 
Morning Gateless Writing salons
Daily lunch with our resident chef.
Afternoon Writing salons.
Day excursions to Florence and Arezzo

Last Morning May 10:
Breakfast and then departure to all our far flung places.  

Prices: Your price includes the all meals cooked by our resident chef, daily Reiki and Thai head massage, dinner in Arezzo, excursions to Florence and all Gateless Writing salons.

Single Room (queen bed): $2850 (we honor exchange rates for our European and Canadian writers)

To get your questions answered or let us know you will be joining us, email Suzanne at:

Or simply send us a PayPal for the $750 deposit using, please use the friends and family link so that no extra charges are incurred.

The Gateless Writing Destination Retreat Tuscany, Italy

Without Gateless, my book never would have been born. --Mary Gauthier, author of Saved by a Song, St. Martin's Press.

Suzanne KingsburySuzanne Kingsbury is the founder Gateless Writing. An internationally-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, her books have been published by Scribner, optioned for film and translated widely abroad. After completing graduate work in the literary arts, she went on to research creative brain science from studies done at Stanford, Johns Hopkins and the National Institute of Health. In conjunction with her Fulbright work in Buddhism, she developed Gateless, a methodology that ceases negative activity in the critical centers of the brain, so that creativity, long term memory and imaginative intellect can move fluidly and dynamically to the forefront while creating.

In 2014, she founded the Gateless Academy, a post-graduate book building program based on the method that has graduated writers who have won top literary awards, been represented by the Bent Agency, Inkwell Management, Writers House, Park and Fine, the Carol Mann agency and more. These writers have been published with Random House, Hatchette Books, Harpers Business, Saint Martins, Simon and Schuster and independent presses in the United States and abroad.

Concurrently, she founded The Gateless Certification Program, a leadership-based program that trains high achieving professionals across industries in the Gateless method. There are now over 100 Gateless certified teachers worldwide, teaching, speaking and leading in all sectors.

Suzanne also serves as a mentor and collaborator with authors whose books are shifting the paradigm and changing the cultural domain. Currently, this includes Derek Aldridge, PhD, professor of Education and Carter G. Woodson faculty for the department of African-American Studies at the University of Virginia on Teachers in the Movement, focusing on rural educators' role in the civil rights movement; Deepa Purushothaman, Public Policy Program Leader in Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School on the launch of her debut book on women of color and power, The First, the Few and the Only (Harpers' Business, March, 2021); and CNN Hero Vicki Sokolik and her son, Cameron, founders of Starting Right, Now on their manuscript about their activism and legislative work as advocates for homeless teens.

Suzanne's work has been featured in Glamour Magazine, People Magazine, The LA Times, O Magazine, The Atlantic Journal Constitution and many others. Thrive Global named the Gateless Retreats the top Writing Retreat of 2017 and the 2013 Writer’s Guide named Suzanne as one of the experts on creativity and the imaginative process. She has been trained in Shamanic journeying, Thai head massage and Reiki and uses these modalities when moving writers’ into the theta brain or "flow" state. Suzanne lives and works in southeastern Connecticut, and she hosts at-home and destination Gateless retreats 3-5 times per year.