Sue Reynolds has been hosting and facilitating single day writing sanctuaries in her own home for several years.  In the mornings, participants write from prompts Sue provides, and have the opportunity to read their freshly created poetry and prose in a supportive environment.  After lunch, writers enjoy a few hours of silent writing time. Writers at all stages and levels are enriched and delighted by these  day-long immersions and often are surprised to find they’ve surpassed their own expectations.


These three-day residential retreats came into being after it became clear that when the day with Sue was over, no one wanted to go home.

They take place on a quiet piece of land beside a slow-moving river, two hours north-east of Toronto. Guests have the choice of modest private or semi-private accommodations, and enjoy the culinary mastery of Loving Spirit Conscious Catering.

The retreat begins on Thursday evening for a light meal and introductory writing “heat”. After a full-fare breakfast, prompts are given to launch writers into their craft. Afternoons are spent in silence – writing, walking, swimming, canoeing, resting.

There is optional restorative yoga Friday and Saturday evenings.


August 7 to 10, 2014 


890 Monck Road,

Sebright, ON

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Accomodation Cost
Private Room $495 (minus 5% off for WC members)
Luxury Tent- shared $350 (minus 5% off for WC members)
Your Own Tent $350 (minus 5% off for WC members)
Day Rate for Locals $325 (minus 5% off for WC members)


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It’s a Beautiful World

Meditating on the beach

Move the body,

then move the pen

Radical Restoration Retreats are for those who want to write, who love to write, even for those who believe they ‘can’t’ write. These getaway retreats combine exotic and nurturing environments with skillfully facilitated yoga and writing practice.

Esana Lotfy’s deeply respectful Kripalu yoga begins each retreat day, followed by Sue Reynolds’ guided writing facilitation. Afternoons and evenings are open for exploration, creative endeavours or rest.

No previous experience required.


Costa Rica WriterHatillo, Costa Rica: February 20 to March 6, 2014 – one week or two

Valfabbricia, Italy: April 19 – 29, 2014

In 2009 the first Radical Restoration Retreat was held at the private estate of Alberge de Hatillonear Dominical, Costa Rica, featuring jungle mornings of easy waking-up kind of yoga with Esana Lotfy. Each February since, we have returned to not only stretch into morning amid the quickening of bird song and the brilliance of green, but also to write with Sue Reynolds, an unparalleled writing teacher with the remarkable gift of being able to draw out the poem, the story, the image from even the most uncertain writer.

In February 2014 we will host our fifth Radical Restoration retreat in Costa Rica, and in April 2014, we will host our first retreat at the beautiful Le Torracce in Italy.