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Writing Retreat with Yoga in USA

No one but you can share your story, craft your message, or write your book. Think about it. What's really keeping you from doing it? No time? Crazy schedule? You don't know where to start or finish. Maybe you aren't even certain exactly what you want to write about? Retreat with Birth a Book in the White Mountains and let them help you solve those problems and also give you the opportunity to relax, refresh, and refocus.

Meet the instructors

Dorothy Jessy Rose & 1 More…
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  • 6 book writing workshops
  • 4 Iyengar yoga classes, suitable for all levels
  • 1 one-on-one coaching session with Dorothy
  • 2 performance coaching classes with Jessy
  • Daily writing classes with Clementina
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals
  • Plenty of time to write and explore nature

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

4 days with instruction
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  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

You will stay in the historic Horse & Hound, or The Franconia Inn your perfect home away from home. The Horse and Hound is a 12-bedroom historic inn that is the perfect setting for your writing getaway and will be completely private to the group.

This English-style property is complete with several warm community rooms and bedrooms with writing desks appointed with tasteful details. The property has open fields, gardens, a bubbling brook, and walking trails offering the opportunity to connect deeply with nature and yourself.

For the retreat in July, you will stay in the historic Horse & Hound Retreat Center with extra annex housing in the Franconia Inn. The inns are located in Franconia, New Hampshire, tucked under the Peaks of the Franconia Mountain Range. The warm historic Franconia Inn is 2 miles away and participants have a housing option at that location, as annex suites with private baths during the busy summer. New friendships will be formed, lasting memories will be made.


The world is evolving at an unprecedented speed, allowing for infinite opportunities. Everyone needs time to reevaluate and assess how they want to show up. If you are a writer, teacher, healer, wellness practitioner or advocate, you could use your message to pave your own way while inspiring others to find theirs.

Writing your book can be the best way to make an impact. During the retreat Birth a Book will help you clarify your book's purpose and strengthen your voice so that you leave ready to take on the role of published author.

This writing retreat's sole aim isn't writing. This is a retreat that’s goal is to reach deep inside yourself and get you on your way to writing and publishing the book that is going to impact your life, your career, and your income.

You are welcome to join even if you are confused, or even clueless about book writing. No matter what your reason is for wanting to write a book, or what level of clarity you have now, you will leave clear and confident on your way to becoming a published author.

This retreat is for you if you

  • You long to get your book writing project to the next step and learn what you need to know to get your book published.
  • You could use a big dose of self-nurturing and a life adventure.
  • You enjoy hanging out with smart, loving, supportive people, creating and sharing big ideas.
  • You’ve just decided you want to write a book, been putting it off for years, need to rework a book you have already published, or you’re writing your 10th book. Great! This is a “welcome-all-authors” retreat!
  • You are a coach, wellness professional, teacher, or someone who wants to inspire others. You long to get your message out into the world.
  • You are ready to embrace more career opportunities, more personal and financial freedom.
  • You are ready to enjoy sharing what you know and feel proud about making your contribution.

What you will discover

  • Dorothy's step-by-step method to get your book written and professionally published
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls most first-time authors succumb to due to inexperience
  • How to discover your target audience and connect with people wanting or needing the message you wish to share
  • How to best utilize your book to enhance your professional and personal credibility and help make you into an authority on the topics you know and love so well
  • How to write better more compelling copy

What will you actually get out of this retreat

  • You will feel happy and supported and feel joy. You will laugh out loud often.
  • You will feel less alone. Do you worry you will not fit in? That will not happen. They work in a big loving community where you will be embraced.
  • You will get to rest, renew, and deeply recharge and reconnect to your strength and energy
  • You will get a fresh new perspective on your book and maybe your life
  • You will disengage from habits of mind and body that do not serve you
  • You will get the pleasure of being heard, appreciated, and cared for. You will not have to lift a finger to cook, clean, or take care of anyone else. This sacred time-out will be just for you.
  • ​You will get your book writing project moved forward to the next level and fully planned in all its steps from the magical to the mundane

Registration requirements

This book writing retreat is open to writers of all levels, from beginner to professional. It is perfect for nonfiction writers; however, a few fiction writers have come and progressed. How do you know if you are a writer? Because you write and can tell stories. However, Dorothy only wants you to come if you yearn to make a loving, creative commitment to yourself.


Day 1

  • 12:00 Check in at the horse and hound or Franconia Inn
  • 12:30 - 13:45 Meet and greet lunch
  • 14:00 Class with Dorothy, miraculous and mundane method to write and self publish a book, morning pages and brilliant idea book / workshop: introduction to ikigai / aligned book
  • 15:30 Welcome yoga class with our in-house yoga teacher
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Class with Clementina, workshop: brainstorming stories
  • 22:00 Dinner in your dining room
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Evening library tea with Jessy, introduce your book and Q&A rest of the evening to write

Day 2

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast at the inn (grab your plant-based breakfast from the buffet - and don’t forget your daily green drink). Individual writing time. Free time to enjoy the great outdoors. Options to hike, walk to town, or relax on the outdoor porch
  • 09:30 - 10:45 Class with Dorothy, Birth a Book blueprint / workshop: the book conversation
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Iyengar yoga outdoor (weather permitting)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch in the indoor dining room or outdoor terrace
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Library tea time with Jessy, practicing the beats
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Open time for writing
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Class with Clementina in the library, workshop: writing: structure and stories are the secret sauce rest of the evening to write

Sign-up for a private editing/coaching session with Clementina and Dorothy.

Day 3

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast at the inn and individual writing time. Free time to enjoy the great outdoors. Options to hike, walk to town, or relax on the outdoor porch
  • 09:30 - 10:45 Class with Dorothy, workshop: planning for publishing success, the crappy first draft revisited and self-publishing is team publishing
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Iyengar yoga outdoor (weather permitting)
  • 12:30 Lunch on the terrace
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Class with Clementina, workshop: story arc to outline
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Team workshop: get messy with mind mapping
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Open time for writing
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner in the dining room
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Library tea time with Jessy, group book reading rest of the evening to write

Day 4

  • 07:30 - 09:30 Breakfast at the inn. Individual writing time. Free time to enjoy the great outdoors. Options to hike, walk to town, or relax on the outdoor porch
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Class with Dorothy, workshop: retreat closing, sacred circle, and reintegrating
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Gentle Iyengar
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Check out
  • 13:30 - 12:30 Lunch


Dorothy Holtermann

Jessy Holtermann

Rose Goldblatt

Clementina Esposito


The retreat will take place in New Hampshire, United States. Horse and Hound is located in Franconia, New Hampshire, tucked under the Peaks of the Franconia Mountain Range. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are blessed with tiny New England towns that are a perfect place to be in the summer or fall. And they are surrounded by mural-like White Mountain vistas, gorgeous rivers, and notably crisp fresh air.


You will be served four breakfasts and lunches, four delicious plant-based dinners, and one welcome three-course dinner with organic wine included in the price. You will eat farm-to-table organic food, including fresh green drinks, daily. Kate Foley, from the famed Cold Mountain Cafe and Kate's Bitchin' Kitchen, makes sure each mouthful is infused with love.

This famous kitchen has been rated five stars for over a decade. After meals, sip on some tea and head into your birth a book class and workshops. You will be amazed at how much you accomplish in a short time. You will bond with your bright and warm new friends in class who will support your creative efforts as you delight in supporting theirs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can enjoy the serene setting in the picturesque White Mountains and breathe deeply in the lovely crisp fresh air. Let the visual beauty of the region inspire you and connect with nature on scenic hikes (or walks).

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • 3 nourishing banquet breakfasts
  • 4 farm-to-table plant-based lunches
  • 3 farm-to-table plant-based dinners
  • 6 book writing workshops designed to get your book focused and written faster
  • 4 yoga classes
  • 1 one-on-one coaching session with Dorothy
  • 2 performance coaching classes with Jessy
  • Daily writing classes with Clementina. You'll also get an opportunity to have her edit your writing!

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Monday September 23, 2024
Departure: Thursday September 26, 2024

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