Escape to a lakeside writing retreat in the iconic landscape of Maine’s north woods; defined by their solitude, sparkling lakes, and incredible wildlife. Spark creativity as you engage your body in the outdoors. Discover the stories you want to tell as you learn new skills, expand your comfort zone, and cultivate an awareness of the natural world. Then, with the encouragement and instruction of AGC guide and professional outdoor writer, Jenny O'Connell, craft your stories into pieces of writing you're proud of. Explore this beautiful corner of the country by foot, kayak, and raft, and return each night to comfortable green built lodges nestled amongst the pines on Millinocket Lake. All genres and writing levels are welcome! On our last night, we'll share our work out loud and celebrate together in the company of our supportive group. Maximum group size: 12
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What's not included: Travel to and from Bangor ME, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities and travel insurance.
This trip is for women who want to write together in community, guided by a professional, while being inspired and engaged by the natural world. While our days will be full of activities including hiking, paddling, and rafting, we will not be attempting long mileage on any of our excursions. We will also make sure that you have ample downtime to relax, cultivate an awareness of the natural world, and write. Since you always have the option to relax at the house, a 1 rating is appropriate. However, if you choose to do everything we offer, it will be more like a 2. The hikes we've chosen are reasonably short but may have short steep sections with rocks and roots, so women should be in sufficient condition to hike uphill for up to an hour. The kayaking and rafting is appropriate for beginners. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1 3 4 5.
Our primary activity this week is writing, but our itinerary also includes hiking, kayaking and rafting. We will have time to explore Millinocket Lake and a few classic North Woods trails, and will spend half a day whitewater rafting. This trip will often have a leisurely pace with writing time interwoven into activities. We will be hiking, rafting or paddling between 3-5 hours a day.
We'll spend the entire trip at the New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) about 1 hour north of Bangor. We will stay in 3 neighboring green-built modern lodges on the shore of Millinocket Lake. Each lodge has a full kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, sunroom, and outdoor patio. Full price spots on the trip are for a shared room with a queen or twin bed with shared bathrooms, common areas and kitchens. There are 4 single supplements available (private queen room with shared bathroom) for $300 each.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Activities I loved, but time and encouragement to focus on writing
The opportunity to write and learn from others. The opportunity to try Level 4 rafting rapids (without that being the focus of the trip). The community dining. Really felt you got to know everyone by the end of the trip. The location, accommodations, and variety of activities was just right.
Renewal was the correct term to use! This trip allowed me to get to know the guides and participants in a way that was extremely meaningful. Jenny and Claire together is a wonderful combination. Jenny as a writing coach - unbelievable!! Claire as a cook - superb! Their chemistry and love for each other showed. It was a beautiful week.
The group of women, participants and guides, co created a safe, supportive, encouraging environment. This enabled intimate sharing and connections.
Our wonderful guides, who each day each brought something of joyful quality to our trip. Claire with her Haute Cuisine (even for breakfast) and quiet insight; and Jenny with her abundance of life and energy, her kindness and patience.
It was an amazing location with a great balance of moderate activity. I was fully prepared to ignore the writing, but surprisingly enjoyed that.
This was an excellent trip, the perfect combination of physical activities and writing, in a beautiful setting. Jenny and Claire worked together seamlessly. Best combination of guides I have experienced on an AGC trip.