Kind Words

The Hidden Word: Writing With Kuan Yin


What Participants Liked

* I loved and felt both liberated and embraced by the silence that was maintained throughout the day. The trust and companionship. The gentle ways that Peggy helped us step into words and beyond words.

* Circle of women, voluntary sharing, good size group—not too small, not too big—the richness!

* I loved the subject and the engagement of the group balanced by teaching, place to share, amazing day!

* Great prompts, beautiful design, experience of leader! Variety of exercises, silence at breaks and meals held the sacred container, sharing, participants.

* Circle of women, silence, meditation, writing, Peggy’s leadership, inter-generational work.

* The gift of Peggy’s gentle, brave leadership is received with gratitude.

* Great setting, organization.

* This was one of the best writing workshops I have ever done. Beautifully paced so that we could start easy and eventually go so very deep. I really liked the silence during lunch and breaks. Brilliant the way the book was discussed, allowing for all levels of engagement.

* Place, size of group, excellent “lesson” and practice, gifted presenter.

* I enjoyed the pacing of the workshop and the meditations. I was honored to hear everyone’s writings.

* A wonderful nourishing day. Food for the journey.


Fearless Writing Retreats

Lake Logan

The energy of shared passion and bringing passion to the page. This is what part of the Lake Logan experience has been for me. And then there’s Peggy, with her calm and easy presence sharing her wisdom and insights, always supportive, always available when we exude through the experience of putting pen to paper or when we crash in self-doubt with demons wild….I have no idea if anything I write will ever be published. Right now it’s not even a goal. All I know is what a difference writing practice has made in my life. That alone is THE greatest gift.

This is what this sacred circle helped me do—help a beginner begin. The principles were simple: Keep your pen moving, your heart open, your belly soft, kill the “editor,” and support the collective.  —Betsy Fletcher, Washington

How my writing life has changed since our weekend at Lake Logan… I can still feel the peace and beauty of our circle… The writing woman—her heart may break, she may cry out in the pain of her labor, she may even bleed but finally in divine quiet, she will settle back with her sisters in the word and laugh from her gut.  —Kathy Godfrey, North Carolina

Fall Lake Logan retreat was my second retreat with Peggy (my first was Seabrook last spring), and it was fabulous.  I feel that during these retreats my writing moves up a notch–I trust my own voice more, go deeper, and produce.  The retreats are also an amazing way to feel a part of a community of women who write!  —Katherine Johnson, Maryland

I will always remember this time as a sacred circle, one in which I took a leap of faith and began to call myself a writer. No matter where this leads, I have found a way to begin and friends to share the journey.  Pat Jones, North Carolina

The Fearless Writing Retreat at Lake Logan (June) lifted me out of my busy everyday life, and gently transported me to the shore of a serene mountain lake.  My only task for three days was to do what I had been longing to find the time and inspiration for–to write. What more could an aspiring author desire?  —Sue Larmon, North Carolina

I want to let you know how rich, inspiring, nurturing the retreat was.  I love your facilitation style, your ability to bring out our best into such a safe space and just love who shows up to play with you!  —Corrie Woods, North Carolina

Seabrook Island

I’ve attended several retreats with Peggy, both in NC and across the country. Her format is perfect in every way for supporting the writer’s process, offering much more than a “room of my own.” Each morning we get the juices flowing with Group Writes from prompts and guided exercises, allowing us to suspend judgment and move out of expectations. The feedback I’ve received from the other participants has been vital in giving me perspective on my writing while providing needed encouragement in those moments of doubt. I like that there are a mix of writers at all levels of experience delving into their process, making my experience richer.

At Seabrook Island I produced two short stories that I’m developing into screenplays and a short story that evolved into a novel now in progress. The Port Townsend retreat allowed me to immerse myself in my creative process and accelerated my momentum toward my writing goals. Not only did I write pivotal scenes for my novel, but I gained clarity on the characters and the essential format of my book. I also wrote two poems and have the seeds of inspiration for two short stories that I can refine for publication.

I will be attending more retreats with Peggy. I consider them essential in any writer’s toolbox.  Heloise Jones, North Carolina

How Peggy’s Fearless Writing Retreats Inspired Me

I appreciate the one-on-one with Peggy. It’s valuable time and a gift of the retreat. I pay attention to her advice and move from it to action. I respect and value her as a mentor/teacher and friend. Somehow she makes it possible to know the boundaries of those roles.  —Kathy Sievert, Washington

Peggy teaches about writing and courage. I think this is exactly the point of departure for writers. When we accept the scary parts of our writing self, a whole new world opens up, and there’s no cheaper way to travel.  —Alice Johnson, North Carolina

It is time to live as big as I can. And it is time to write as big as I can, even if it’s clumsy and awkward and lumbering: a giant of ungainly words. I have a truth inside me I want to express, a special truth that only I can tell. We all do. That’s why we write. And this realization is the great gift that Peggy’s ClarityWorks retreat has given me—and continues to give meCheryl Dietrich, North Carolina

What a journey of self-discovery in the most perfect setting imaginable. Watching my classmates also reach down and find their child-like imagination and let it out to play was joyous and inspiring.  —Cindy Lane, Virginia

The way Peggy structured the daily routine, combined with her teaching, led me to some of the most creative, inspired and imaginative moments I’ve experienced in my writing.  Becca Groves, Minnesota

I accomplished the writing I came to do in a new-found powerful voice. I came away feeling satisfied in every way—I expressed myself in a community of women, felt refreshed, and exercised.  —Kimberly Childs, North Carolina

I loved the program of prompts from readings of poetry and the reading after each prompt. If I was able to write something during the group write, I was even more able to write a piece during the afternoon “free” time. I learned so much from each and every participant. I am bowled over with the blessings of many wonderful writing personalities voicing their works in my presence. Elizabeth Moreskine, California

This course is one of the best writing courses I have ever taken.Participant at Osher Lifelong Living at Duke class 2018