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A Writing Sojourn for Wayfarers, Wanderers and Explorers in the World of Words
with Maureen Boyd Biro

Course limited to 8 participants.
​Early registration recommended.

Writing is a brave adventure, an odyssey of discovery that can take you far out to sea in unfamiliar waters, alone in your own little boat. Even in our tech-driven, ultra-connected world, such a voyage can be challenging and isolating. It takes courage and persistence to see a project through from beginning to end, and sometimes the fog rolls in so thickly you simply can't see your way forward. This is the moment when dropping anchor in friendly waters, amid a nurturing community, and receiving expert guidance to help you navigate the rest of your journey is exactly what you need. The Vagabond's Creative Writing Retreat offers you this port – a chance to concentrate on your work, with like-minded writers, in the lyrical, inspiring setting of Carmel-by-the-Sea. You'll receive expert individual and group instruction and guidance for your project, outstanding cuisine, and a safe harbor to discuss and progress with your work. Join us for an unforgettable writing journey!

***This retreat is for all levels, from beginner to experienced, and for all genres of writing, whether you are still formulating an idea, seeking inspiration, stuck and wondering where to go next, or sailing along with your project. Guidance, support, helpful critiques and instruction await each of you.***

The Location:

Carmel-by-the Sea is a writer's dream location. Breathtaking natural beauty surrounds you. Astounding ocean views, stunning white sand shores, and brilliant winter sunsets provide unparalleled scenic inspiration. Carmel's charming European-style village boasts a multitude of cozy places to steal away and write: coffee houses, wine bars, bakeries, tea shops, and an amazing array of outstanding restaurants. Winter in Carmel is a well kept secret, with beautifully clear days and a quieter vibe, ideal for writing.Lyrical dreaming retreat - bird symbol on orange

The Vagabond's House, a world acclaimed inn, is your host for this unique and magical retreat. Daily workshops will convene in the spacious and welcoming Carmel Woman's Club, with special gatherings at Carmel's beautiful beach, and fireside in the courtyard of The Vagabond's House led by dream teacher and author Maureen Boyd Biro. With world class accommodations, exceptional dining options, outstanding personalized service, and the passionate, inspiring guidance of a noted psi dreamer and teacher, this promises to be a memorable and transformative experience at a top rated, vacation destination.

The Writing Retreat:

We'll gather Monday through Friday for workshops and writing sessions, led by author and former editor and publisher Maureen Boyd Biro, in the spacious, welcoming Carmel Woman's Club, with special gatherings at Carmel's beautiful beach, fireside in the courtyard of Vagabond's House (weather permitting), and at Pilgrim's Way Bookstore. Through conversation, writing prompts, and spirited literary adventuring, we'll tap into that creative space within and get the words flowing. Amid the comfort of world class accommodations, and the compelling, winter landscape of the sea, in the footsteps of celebrated author John Steinbeck, you'll receive inspired guidance and skilled instruction from a writer with experience in nearly every aspect of the book industry. This memorable retreat experience, will give you ample time to focus on your particular writing project, as you engage your senses and awaken your creative spirit! Lyrical dreaming retreat - bird symbol on orange

Our day will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m., with morning and afternoon breaks, and a leisurely, on-site, catered luncheon. Readings and discussion of your works in progress, will start off each day, interspersed with brief lectures and discussion of literary works, and writing exercises illuminating effective writing techniques, including: developing memorable characters; dynamic plotting and pacing; evoking emotion; and creating a lyrical sense of place. We'll give special attention to the sometimes elusive but all important concept of "voice."

Additionally, each participant may schedule a 20-30 minute individual consultation with Maureen during non-course hours to discuss your writing project, or ideas for a project, in detail, and/or to receive a written critique of your submitted work. Anyone wishing to schedule an individual consultation or receive a critique is asked to submit 5-7 pages of writing via email three weeks prior to the retreat. You are welcome to contact Maureen directly if you have questions about what to submit.

All meeting places are within walking distance of The Vagabond's House.

Your Tuition includes:

  • 5 days of workshops and writing sessions 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Readings and discussion of your works in progress
  • Lectures and discussion of literary works
  • Writing exercises illuminating effective writing techniques
  • On-site lending library of writing books and literature for your use throughout the retreat
  • Viewing of short writing related films and film excerpts
  • 20-30 minute individual consultation with Maureen during non-course hours
  • Portfolio of schedule and events with daily handouts, including recommended books and local literary escapes

Your Accommodations Package includes:

This retreat is hosted exclusively by The Vagabond's House. Please contact the inn directly to register for this retreat and reserve your room with full event package, including:

  • Guest Room (room choice is on a first to call or email basis)
  • Writer's studio fees
  • Sunday welcome reception
  • Daily breakfast delivered in room
  • Daily on-site catered luncheon buffet
  • Optional one hour evening literary salon with wine, savories and sweets
  • Final Night Writer's Dinner at a very special Carmel location
  • Tax and Gratuities

Tuition        Accommodations Package
$1295    +      $2996 Single Occupancy
                     $1800 Double Occupancy per person

If you are a local resident interested in participating in this writer's retreat, but don't require accommodations, please contact Vagabond's House Inn for registration availability and information.


To reserve your space, contact The Vagabond's House, 831-624-7738. Enrollment in this retreat is limited to offer you the fullest experience possible. Early registration is highly recommended.

A non-refundable deposit of $350 will be due upon registration, with non refundable balance due in full 60 days prior to retreat. Cancellation and trip insurance may be obtained at Allianz Travel Insurance.

Still Have Questions?

Please see Maureen's website for further information or contact Maureen Boyd Biro about the Retreat Writer's Course:

For questions about Carmel-by-the-Sea, The Vagabond's House or meals, please contact Thomas Rogers at The Vagabond's House. Ph: 831-624-7738 or Em:

Maureen Boyd Biro

About Maureen Boyd Biro

​Maureen Boyd Biro's twin passions are dreaming and writing. The author of two picture books and a forthcoming memoir, Maureen has worked in nearly every aspect of writing and publishing, from freelance writer and editor, to columnist, children's book author, bookseller, memoirist and associate publisher. She has a decade of expertise in the field of dream studies as a skilled psi dreamer, teacher, and consultant. A frequent conference speaker, Maureen leads writing workshops, dream events, and creative retreats for writers, dreamers, and all seeking to live their deepest, boldest dreams.

A Certified Intuitive Practitioner, Maureen (B.A. – English) is widely published in national and regional magazines and anthologies including: Glamour, Redbook, Woman's Day, Better Homes and Gardens, Family, and DreamTime. Her website,, celebrates her lyrical approach to life and her belief that dreaming, like writing, is a journey of discovery, calling us to express our creative gifts, and to find the music and grace in life's experiences. Helping others to make their own discoveries and supporting them on their journeys is the foundation of Maureen's work.

Click here to see some of Maureen's published work.

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