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Yoga & Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne, France

A haven for creativity and rejuvenation, our 2-week yoga & writing retreat in France provides an inspiring community space for writers.

Yoga & Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne, France

A haven for creativity and rejuvenation, our 2-week yoga & writing retreat in France provides an inspiring community space for writers.

$125
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 4 2014 2:42 AM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop annual Yoga and Creative Writing Retreat at the Château de Verdeonne in Picardy France.  Our goal for this Kickstarter is to help fund this project and share this yoga and creative writing experience in France with more people.

About Us:

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop hosts writing and yoga workshops in the NYC metropolitan area as well an annual retreat in Picardy, France, located one hour from Paris. Our two-week retreat in summer 2014 will be our third annual writing retreat in France. Each year, we try to make the experience even better for participants. Your contribution can help us fund this wonderful experience by providing scholarship funds and helping to cover some of the overhead costs of the trip.

Location:

Some of the reasons why we chose the Château de Verderonne for our yoga and writing retreat are because of its luxurious and relaxing location, as well as its history and dedication to the creative arts.  This historic location is secluded from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, providing a haven where inspiration can flourish. With serene water features and sprawling French gardens, the château offers writers a place to clear their minds and relax, providing inspiration and allowing creativity to blossom.

Retreat Program & French Cultural Excursions:

Writers attend morning yoga sessions, often outside in the beautiful gardens. This opens minds for the creative writing process. We alternate between independent writing sessions, craft seminars, and workshops to allow participants to get the most out of their time.  Only one hour from Paris, participants have the option to go on cultural excursions, enriching their experience. The city provides inspiration for writers as they walk down the same streets and sit in the same cafés that writers of yesteryear have frequented, such as Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, and Jean-Paul Sartre,

Why Yoga & Writing?

In addition to the creative writing workshops and in-session writing classes, yoga and guided meditation are offered twice daily at the retreat. We believe that yoga and writing go hand-in-hand in sparking creative thinking. Yoga helps to clear the mind and relieves stress. Creating a personal practice of yoga can help to alleviate writers’ block and encourage the flow of new ideas. 

Mission Statement:

We want to encourage participants to reach their personal goals and make incredible connections. Please help us share this project with more people. 

Our mission is to raise $5,000 ($10,000 projected goal) for Student Scholarships, Transportation, and Instructor Fees at the 2014 Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Yoga & Creative Writing Retreat at the Château de Verderonne in Picardy, France.

Goals:

Our project has three major goals. We want to bring more people on the retreat and make it more accessible because it is genuinely a once in a lifetime experience.

Our first goal is to raise enough money to support scholarship students at the CWW summer retreat. In the past, we have funded scholarships for MFA students, senior citizens, and writers with part time jobs. We would like to expand our funding and welcome more people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.  $3,000 dollars will be used towards student scholarships to meet this goal.

We also want to raise $1,000 to help pay for in-country transportation fees in France. This amount would cover van rental for all participants, train tickets to and from local cities such as Paris, Versailles, and Chantilly, as well as the cost of hiring a driver for cultural trips.

The remaining $1,000 -- if we reach our projected goal -- will be used towards instructor fees and paying for the special dietary needs of participants, such as those requesting vegan or raw food options. This additional amount of money would also help cover the remaining overhead fees.

Please help us reach our goal, and pledge for our campaign. Help us create a unique yoga and creative writing experience at the Château de Verderonne.

Pledges & Fundraising:

You can help us fund this project by contributing to our Kickstarter. We are asking for a $1 minimum pledge for your support. A $25 pledge gets Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Membership, and a $175 pledge – a yoga book to develop your practice and a book on creative writing craft. A pledge of $3200 guarantees a fully paid participation fee for one person (for yourself or as a gift) at the 2014 CWW Yoga & Creative Arts Retreat in France .

You can see all our pledge levels and incentives listed on the Kickstarter tab to the right of your screen. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 for this project, and, if possible, our project goal of $10,000. Thank you for watching our Kickstarter video and for supporting the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop!!

Risks and challenges

One of our project's challenges is the increasingly stronger euro against the dollar. Tuition for the retreat is collected in U.S. dollars, and we have to pay in euros. Your funding will help us tackle that challenge.

An even greater challenge is to get more students and writers to come on the retreat by helping to subsidize the tuition costs for participants in financial need. We would like to offer more scholarships!

Also, transportation costs can get expensive in France, and having supplemental money from Kickstarter will help us cover overhead costs.

It's a labor of love! The instructors have invested in this project heavily (a lot of time, energy, and financial resources). Almost all of the money collected from tuition goes toward making this project happen, and without extra fundraising, we cannot adequately compensate our instructors.

We have a dedicated team of writers and arts administrators at Cambridge Writers' Workshop, and together, we do our best to make our programs the best experience possible for the writers that participate. Thanks for helping us meet our challenges!

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