Writing Inside Out: A Gateless Writing Retreat for Women

Postponed to 2021
Taos, NM
Limit 11 women
PRICING may shift slightly in 2021 depending on accommodation options, but this will give you a good starting point: Includes 4 nights room and board, with the exception of 3 meals.
Early Bird Pricing from $1385-$1750 based on room availability. Pricing details below.

This year’s Autumn gathering has been postponed to 2021. Stay tuned! This retreat, when it commences, will take our breath away as we tuck into a mountain retreat in the high desert of Taos, in Northern New Mexico. 4 spacious days dedicated to nourishing your Muse, nesting into creative community and Writing Inside Out. There are stories inside, entire worlds and landscapes waiting to be born on the open page, given voice and the power of witness.

In these 4 days you will feel seen, come alive in ways gentle and fierce, become intimate with your own soul in a way that gives meaning to the life you are living. Your writing will get brighter, your inner critic will get quieter, and you will walk away pulsing with the beat of creative community and your own heart’s song.

Utilizing the brilliance of Gateless Writing, a method based on the neuroscience of creativity, you will receive purely positive feedback in an unequivocally safe writing space that will unlock your creative brilliance. There will be no critique in this creative space. You will only hear about what is strong in your writing which will stoke the fire of your unique genius in powerful ways.

You’ll walk away with a deeper connection to your creativity, the power of your writing, and your unique voice. The retreat will include generative writing, bodywork with Sarah, one- on-one coaching with Kate, an entire day for personal leisure and exploration in Taos, delicious food, time to relax and our collective devotion to the soul-making play and sisterhood of writing.

EARLY BIRD PRICING ( a 10% discount) LISTED HERE : Includes 4 nights room and board, with the exception of 3 meals.

Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Each room style is limited in number.

(2x) Private King Room with Tub and balcony : $1750 or 4 payments of $482 SOLD OUT

(3x) Private Queen Room with tub and balcony: $ 1650 or 4 payments of $453

1 x Shared Queen Room – 2 Queen Beds: $1500 or 4 payments of $412

1 x Shared Bunk Room – 4 Twin Beds: $1385 or 4 payments of $380



**Please note that we advise purchasing travel insurance for your flights in light of COVID19 in case unexpected changes occur.


ARRANGING TRAVEL: Taos NM is about a 2 hour drive from the Albuquerque Airport, and 1 hour from the Santa Fe airport. Driving directions will be sent closer to the retreat.


Check in at our incredible AirBnB is at 4pm on arrival day, which is a Thursday. We encourage you to arrive with enough time to relax and settle in before dinner at 6:00. Our feast will be followed by our first writing session.

The retreat will end after lunch on Monday around 1:30 pm.

If you are flying, Please plan your flights accordingly so that you can be present for the full retreat.

RIDES TO THE RETREAT: Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the retreat. Once the retreat fills, we will send out a group email so you can talk with each other about sharing rides, etc. Kate and Sarah will not be arranging rides.

LODGING: (Pictures shown here were for the 2020 plan- 2021 may bring a different housing option. )We will be staying at a spacious and beautiful Air B n B , nestled in the mountains of Taos, NM. There are 7 bedrooms in this beautiful home, and a variety of accommodations for our 11 participants, each with a different pricing options (listed above). 5 rooms are private, and 2 rooms are shared.

MEALS: Meals will be lovingly prepared by a caterer at our Retreat House… all meals except for Saturday night (in which we will venture into Taos for a festive group dinner in town), and Sunday Lunch and Dinner (Sunday will be a day for personal leesure and exploration in Taos) all meals will be provided for you- From dinner on Thursday through Lunch on Monday. Meals can accommodate Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options (though this is not a GF kitchen). Any further restrictions, please plan to supplement your own meals accordingly.

Full refunds, minus an administrative fee ($50) and PayPal fees (3% of your total), are available until 6 weeks prior to retreat. Beyond that time, if you need to withdraw from the retreat, we will only be able to issue a refund if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist. If we can’t fill your spot from the waitlist, you are welcome to find the right person to fill your spot. If we can’t fill your spot, we will not be able to issue a refund.


Kate Gray

Kate Gray’s passion stems from teaching, coaching writers, and volunteering as a writing facilitator with women inmates. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her first novel, Carry the Sky stares at bullying without blinking. Kate and her partner live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with their impetuous dog. For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems will be published by Widow & Orphan Press in March, 2019.

Sarah Byrden

Sarah Byrden is a hopeless lover of words, a gifted facilitator and loving bodyworker. Most known for her domain-changing work in sexuality education, she has been working in the fields of empowerment education, international cross-cultural development, and body-based healing since 2000. Sarah is a certified Gateless Writing teacher and brings her gifts of insight, intuition, buoyancy and depth to the writing space.