Pat Schneider’s 2013 Ontario Retreat

All the details are now in place!

October 20-25th

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!
Limited to 12 participants. .

To visit Pat’s website, click HERE.
We are thrilled to announce that Pat will be returning in fall of 2013 from the evening of October 20th to after lunch on October 25th. This retreat will consist of writing with Pat for four hours every morning. The rest of the day is given over to each retreatant continuing to write, read, relax, walk, meditate or whatever needs to be done to support your writer’s soul, in community with other writers.

A manuscript may be sent ahead of time for one on one consultation with AWA facilitator Sue Reynolds who will be aiding and supporting Pat during the retreat.

This autumn the Pat Schneider Writing Retreat, hosted by Inkslingers/GoForWords, is being held at the beautiful West Wind Inn on Buckhorn Lake about 1.5 hours northeast of Toronto.

Owned and operated by two generations of the Jensen family since 1991, the well established Westwind Inn is located near the country village of Buckhorn, Ontario. Situated in a truly spectacular setting of natural wilderness in the Kawartha Lakes region, this 60 acre private country estate possesses charm and privacy.

Each room has a private fireplace and comfy sitting area. Single rooms have a couch, double rooms have a deep easy chair.

The dining area overlooks the lake.

Air conditioning
Alarm clock
Boat Launch
Fax available
Games room
Hairdryer available
Ice Maker
Internet – wireless
Ironing facilities
Laundry facilities
Movies in room
Non-smoking rooms
Private bathroom in room
Private garden grounds
Quiet location
Radio in room
Self controlled heating/cooling system
Swimming pool – outdoor
Tea and coffee making facilities
TV room

PLEASE NOTE: There are only 2 spots left as of the end of June. To book your spot go to Inkslingers at this link.

Registration Fees:

Single: $1700 + HST

Double: $1550 + HST


A deposit of $500 is required to secure your place in this retreat.  Please click the “add to cart” button to pay the deposit via PayPal or via credit card through the PayPal portal.

Follow up payments are scheduled as follows:  August 1st, your second payment of $500 is due.

Final payment of the balance of your registration is due September 30th.

If you need to arrange a payment plan, just let us know. We’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

Cancellation Policy:

Your deposit is non-refundable, but 50% (i.e., $250) may be used for a future GoForWords or Inkslingers workshop, class or retreat. For cancellations before full payment deadline, all but your deposit is refundable. After the full payment deadline, any refund of the remainder is at the discretion of the organizers. If we or you can fill your space, we’ll refund your payment, minus $250 administrative fee. If you find that you cannot attend the workshop, let us know as soon as possible and we’ll try to fill your space with someone from the waiting list.

After the full payment deadline, we become locked into the total cost of your stay with the resort and our commitment to Pat Schneider to fill the retreat. However, should you have to cancel, we will do our best to work things out.


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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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