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A Pause
Between Seasons:
A One-Day Retreat

November 10, 2019
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Amherst, MA

A small but mighty retreat in Amherst, MA at the tail end of the fall. After the leaves come down. Before the holidays. Before the snow. Spend one delicious day tending to your inner fires through writing, reflection, and connecting.

About the day:

The morning will be devoted to gathering, setting intentions for the day, prompted freewriting, and sharing our words out loud.

Few things are as powerful as reading our own words in the company of caring and compassionate individuals. We will be focused on the spirit of the words, not how “good” the writing is; this is not a traditional writing workshop so much as an opportunity to pause and go inward as the season changes (and we change with it). Fall is an especially rich time of year to reflect on what we’re letting go of, along with what we want to move towards in the quiet, darker months to come.

We’ll enjoy a leisurely group lunch at The Taste (Thai cuisine).

After lunch, we'll have a glorified naptime! Just kidding, sort of. You will have a chance to close your eyes, as Jena guides the group through a gentle, inviting visualization. This will be followed by silent writing time, and closing sharing and reflections.


What to bring:

  • Your favorite notebook and pen

  • Coffee, tea, or water, as you wish

  • Your sense of curiosity, openness, and humor

  • A favorite “fall” poem


Location + details:

The Fierce Encouragement Headquarters is located at 17 Kellogg Ave in Amherst, MA. Look for the door across from the back of the Unitarian Church that says “Jena Schwartz,” and then come on up to the second floor. Note: Do NOT use the Yoga Center of Amherst entrance.

Size is limited to 8 people.

Please refrain from wearing essential oils, perfumes, or scented products.


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Cost + Registration

Sliding scale: $140-$280

Please pay according to your financial ability. Lunch not included.

If you prefer to pay by cash or check on the day of the retreat, you may make a non-refundable $50 deposit to hold your spot!