Solstice Writing Retreat 2016

Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein

Registration for the Solstice Writing Retreat at the Sourwood Inn, June 19-21, 2016.

Location: 810 Elk Mtn Scenic Hwy, Asheville, NC.


The Sourwood has 12 beautifully appointed double occupancy rooms with private baths including 2 rooms that can accommodate two roll away beds. There are no elevators at the Sourwood, but 4 spacious rooms are on the main floor.

Sunday, June 19
Check in from 3 to 6:00 pm
Dinner served from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Evening Program from 8 to 10 pm

Monday June 20th
Breakfast is served until 9:30 am
Check in for commuters from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Program from 10 to 1:00 pm
Lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Program resumes from 2:30 to 6:00 pm
After 6:00 your evening is free to explore Asheville; no dinner will be served at the Sourwood.

Tuesday, June 21st
Breakfast served until 9:30 am
Program from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm

Bring a journal and writing instrument; use of laptops is discouraged for this type of writing retreat. If you like to sketch, bring a sketchpad as well, but this is optional.

Vegetarian meals will be served. The Sourwood does not sell beer or wine but you are welcome to bring your own for dinner on Sunday night or Monday evening on the veranda. No pets, but you can pet the Sourwood dogs as much as you like. Children age 12 or older are welcome at the Sourwood, but for this event, participants for the writing retreat should be age 21 to 101.

Registration for this event is handled personally by Dr. Hartman-Stein.
For room availability or for commuter space, please contact her through email at or call 330-671-6241 and you will receive a call back within 24 hours.
The Sourwood has 12 rooms so registration is limited to 24 staying overnight and 6 commuters.

Option A: $350 full package, per person, based on double occupancy, 2 nights lodging plus tax, one dinner, one lunch, 2 breakfasts, light snacks,(no meal Monday night) plus tuition. Fees valid through though June 1st. Your room reservation and registration can be paid through credit card via paypal or by check made to Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein.

Option B: $595 (single supplement); For a spacious private room, includes 2 nights lodging plus tax, one dinner, one lunch, 2 breakfasts (no meal on Monday night) plus tuition.

Option C: $120 for commuters for the Monday and Tuesday program only; includes lunch on Monday plus light refreshments. Fees valid through though June 1st.

Refunds less a $20 charge for service and handling for cancellations can be made up to May 15; those made from May 16 to June 1st are subject to a $50 charge. No refunds after June 1st.


“Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein’s nature writing workshops have helped me to access my expressive and poetic self; a self that sees the world not as a resource but as a gift, a mysterious and wonderful whole. Her stimulating leads and thoughtful comments draw one from a world of machines and technology to observing the nature of places, plants, animals and our fellow life travelers and to curiosity, inquiry, and healing.”

Don Bubenzer
Professor Emeritus,  Kent State University


“The student feedback we got from our graduate clinical students from The University of Queensland was fabulous – they loved Paula’s workshop. The workshop had both clinical trainees and community practitioners – Paula’s relaxed style enabled the group to interact in meaningful ways and engage with her materials. The nature reflective exercise was a highlight for all. Apart from honing mindfulness skills, writing and sharing this reflective experience created a rich tapestry of shared experience that continued to resonate with the students well after the event.”

Nancy A. Pachana, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Psychology Training Programs
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia