2015 Summer Weekend Writing Retreats near Toronto

Slideshow of the Uplands location at the bottom of this page.

Sitting in the circle

July Retreat:

Thursday Evening, July 16, to Sunday Afternoon July 19.

Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.


August Retreat:

Thursday Evening, August 20, to Sunday Afternoon August 23.

Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.


Uplands Retreats

Sue Reynolds has been hosting and facilitating single day writing sanctuaries for 10 years. In the mornings, participants write from prompts that Sue provides. Then they have the opportunity to read their freshly created poetry and prose in a supportive group environment. After lunch, writers enjoy a few hours of silent writing time. Writers are enriched and delighted by these day-long immersions and often find that their writing has surpassed their expectations.

A few years ago, participants lingered and protested that they didn’t want to go home – they wanted to stay forever and keep writing! Someone suggested the idea of a Sanctuary Pyjama Party and the Residential Sanctuary was born.

Now in it’s 5th year, the Residential Summer Sanctuaries have been relocated from the Orillia location to the Uplands Writing Retreat which is located halfway between Port Perry and Uxbridge on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine.

The retreat begins on Thursday evenings with a light meal and an introductory session of writing. After a full-fare breakfast on the remaining three mornings, Sue provides prompts to launch writers into their craft. Afternoons are spent in silence – writing, walking, swimming, resting. Participants meet in the late afternoon to share their new writing, although sharing is always completely optional. The retreat winds up mid afternoon on Sunday.

Guests may choose from modest, private or semi-private accommodations. All delicious and healthy meals are included.

OPTIONAL: restorative yoga will be provided locally Friday and Saturday evenings. (The cost for this optional activity is extra – approximately $20 per session.)


Slideshow from the Uplands Retreat Location:

A perfect summer sanctuary day
Another Bedroom 300
chicadee at the feeder
Deer sighting at the pond 300
Famous Sanctuary Rhubarb muffins
Home in the fall
horses in the setting sun
Hummingbird at the feeder
on the dock
One Bedroom 300
Reading by the water
Ready to begin 300
sanctuary at dusk
Sanctuary Morning Refreshments 300
Tent beds
tent other bed
The Miners Tent
The Outdoor Writing Room 300
the Sanctuary morning table 300
writers writing
Writing in the Window 300
Writing on the dock near sunset
Writing on the dock

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In the summer of 2013 I was invited to do a TEDtalk on “Shining the light on our Changing Communities”. I talked about the therapeutic writing program I do with incarcerated women. You can view the talk here.

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