Shamanic Gateless Writing Retreat

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The singular magic of the Shamanic Journey and the bliss of Gateless Writing find confluence in this four-day once-in-a-lifetime retreat January 19-22, 2023 in Joshua Tree, California. In the land of surface dwellers, this is a retreat for the deep diver, the writer who wants to play in the haven of the sacred and write from the bliss of the unconditioned mind.

Using ancient wisdom from the pantheon of ancient Mesopotamian gods and some of the most consecrated rituals from the channeled scribe shamanic tradition, you will find yourself writing from a place of rich profundity and systemic integration.

Designed to crack open convention and discover your limitless creative inside, this is your sanctuary, a tonic to intensify that which is astounding and undiscovered within.

Shamanic Gateless Writing Retreat

You will experience:

--The Gateless Methodology, a method that meets at the confluence of ancient Zen, creative neuroscience and radical nurturing to bring you as a writer, the resources, support and the network you need to create from a place of innate talent and inner genius.

--Profound nurturing in a light-filled house overlooking acres of golden desert.

--Eight in-depth Gateless writing salons that shift brain chemistry, release endorphins and work to neuroplasticity that helps you shed past conditioning and open portals in the brain to unique creative talent.

--Generative feedback to show you the singular power and energy of your language, voice, and story.

--Daily Thai head massage + hands-on Reiki to free the body from physical and emotional blocks.

--Deep tissue massage with a bodyworker and somatic therapist.

--Singing bowl ceremonies, integrated breathwork sessions and Kundalini yoga celebrations with internationally acclaimed Gateless Trained teacher, Meg Sylvester.

--Feasting ala culinary genius Alysa Osvog, a yogi, scribe and incredible chef.


Shamanic Gateless Writing Retreat

5 p.m.
Dinner will be at 6:15 p.m.

The first night at 7:15 p.m., your first writing salon.
Morning salons start at 9:30 a.m. with Reiki, Thai massage and guided meditation.
Afternoon salons start again at 3 p.m.
Evening salons starts at 7:30 p.m.
Shamanic and Sound Healing will take the place of Saturday night salon.

Morning meals start at 8 a.m.
Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Gourmet farm-to-table snacks all day 🙂

Closing Ceremony: The last day at 12 p.m. with our last beautiful lunch to follow.

Where: The retreat is held at a gorgeous desert manse in Joshua Tree, CA

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Your Gateless Facilitator

Suzanne Kingsbury Suzanne Kingsbury is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author, whose work has been translated widely abroad and optioned for film.

In 2007 after graduating from the Bennington College Masters in Fine Arts and the Literary Arts program, Suzanne founded Gateless Writing, a global literary arts organization whose unique methodology combines brain science, ancient Zen techniques, and therapeutic nurturing to develop writers’ unique talent and singular genius, enabling them to move through residual blocks and create domain-changing prose.

Suzanne 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 L.A. Times, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Ms Magazine, Thrive Global (top writing retreat of 2017), NPR syndicates, and more ...

Suzanne is trained in Reiki and certified in Thai Head Massage and can "read" a writer through touch. She began working as a scribe channel while she was leading her first Gateless Teacher Training in 2014, receiving messages from a divine source of unconditional love that helped writers find clarity and power in their words. As a writing intuit, she uses the sacred spirit of the word to understand deep patterning and repeated archetypes in a writer's work, that leads to profound alchemy in their lives.

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 also 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.

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All-Inclusive Cost:

Pricing includes four days of Shamanic ceremony, Reiki, Thai head massage, Gateless Writing salons, supportive peer support for your work-in-process, a personal chef, and written feedback to your inbox to point to your unique genius on the page and the power in your work.

Single room in the retreat house: $2300
Shared room: $2050
Day student rate for those residing in Joshua Tree: $1875 (includes everything but the bed: meals, shamanic work, salons, bodywork etc. ...)

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A Sampling of Testimonials:

Nothing is more surely Shamanic than the way Suzanne teaches. She pulls out what is genius and beautiful about the writer and rides them into a new landscape 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 on intuitive healing including 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 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 mentor and award-winning author.

The Gateless Shamanic 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.

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