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Zen Wise Writers

Where your ideas become poems.

Whether your words lie fallow in your heart and mind or have found their way to publication, you will find pleasure and purpose in our Zen Wise Writing retreats and workshops.

We would love for you to join us

Upcoming Workshops & Retreats

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The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center
Tuesday, July 16 A Midsummer Day’s Dream Remember when you were a kid and could lose yourself for hours of daydreaming? Maybe you were reprimanded for what my grade school nuns pejoratively called woolgathering. (To…
Tue, 16 Jul,  10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
confirmation_number $95.00
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Past Workshops & Retreats

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The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center
Mon, 10 Jun, 11:00 AM

Monday, June 10, 2024

On the Cusp of Summer

Early June is a time of anticipation. Summer is opening its arms and welcoming us to longer, lazier days, promising sunshine, freshness, and perhaps some freedom from routine.

Open that portal to the summer season by coming to a Zen Wise writing workshop. Join this cohort of open-minded, large-hearted participants for a dive into the pool of creativity.

As usual we start with some breath work and brief meditation to wake up the senses and set a personal writing intention. Unique prompts inspire and generate thought, but if you are working on something and would like an intimate group of avid listeners to hear your words, feel free to bring your work in progress.

No matter your writing goals, you will be right at home with others who come from all levels of experience and non-experience. 

This workshop is a bring-your-own-lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave available to you. As always coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own mug if possible, to help reduce the amount of trash generated.
When: June 10, 2024 11 am – 4 pm Where: The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Cost: $115.00 Register by May 19 and save $20! ALL ZEN WISE WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN ONLY TO PARTICIPANTS 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.
confirmation_number $115.00
Cape May Nature Center
Tue, 30 Apr, 11:00 AM
Spring returns to Cape May and so do we… with another writing workshop at The Nature Center of Cape May, part of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Join us at this beautiful nature center surrounded by native plants and trees and in view of the Cape May Harbor, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. Start with centering breath work, light movement and brief meditation to help you set your writing intention. Then let the butterflies in the gardens and the hawks overhead nudge you to thought and awareness. Respond to one of our carefully composed prompts or bring something you’re working on. At the end of the day, share what you like with the group or take in and reflect on what others have written.  The session runs from 11 am to 4 pm, leaving you with time to walk on the beach or visit the Cape May Lighthouse before sundown. This workshop is a BYOL (bring your own lunch). We will provide  coffee and tea throughout the day at no charge. There is a refrigerator where you can stash perishables, if needed.   
confirmation_number $95.00
Holiday Village
Sun, 14 Apr, 10:00 AM

Maybe you’ve been thinking about writing a memoir… maybe you’ve dabbled in poetry and would like some listeners… perhaps you’ve always wanted to write but just need some encouragement. If that’s true for you, take the leap and check out what Zen Wise writing is all about. Join us at the clubhouse of the Holiday Village community in Mt. Laurel, NJ, for a slightly shorter version of a Zen Wise Writers workshop. This four-hour gathering, from 10 am to 2 pm, will give you an introduction to the workshop format in a comfortable small-group setting. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Coffee, tea, and lunch are all included in the workshop fee.

WHEN April 14, 2024 10 am – 2 pm

WHERE Holiday Village Clubhouse 1 Holiday Blvd. Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Cost: $95/person
confirmation_number $95.00
The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center
Sat, 24 Feb, 11:00 AM

February 24, 2024. 11-4 pm

Now is the Winter of Our Discontent… or not!

Whether winter has you cocooned in fleece and groaning, or gamely moving pink-cheeked through the cold, the February Zen Wise writing workshop will loosen your tense muscles with some stretching, open your thoughts with a few moments of meditation, inspire your writing with unique prompts, and give you the camaraderie of open-minded and open-hearted participants. No matter your writing goals, you will be right at home with others who come from all levels of experience and non-experience. 

This workshop is a bring-your-own-lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave available to you. Coffee and tea will be provided all day. Please bring your own mug if possible, to help reduce the amount of trash generated.
When: February 24, 2024 11 am – 4 pm Where: The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Cost: $115.00
confirmation_number $115.00
The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center
Sat, 27 Jan, 11:00 AM

January 27, 2024. 11-4 pm

At a Tranquil Pace

You’ve been rushing enough for the past few months. Time to slow down and give your body, mind, and soul some serenity. The January Zen Wise writing workshop will give you that halcyon moment. Here’s what’s in store: Breathwork and stretching for all body types, brief meditation to focus your thoughts, unique prompts to help unspool your ideas, and a supportive group of fellow writers who come from all levels of experience and non-experience. 

This workshop is a bring-your-own-lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave available to you. Coffee and tea will be provided all day. Please bring your own mug if possible, to help reduce the amount of trash generated.
When: January 27, 2024 11 am – 4 pm Where: The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Cost: $115.00
confirmation_number $115.00
Cape May Nature Center
Tue, 17 Oct, 10:00 AM
Nature knows what you need and it is a writing workshop at the Cape May Nature Center! Join us at the Nature Center surrounded by native plants and trees and in view of the Cape May Harbor, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. Start with centering breath work, light movement and brief meditation to help you set your writing intention. Then let the butterflies in the gardens and the hawks overhead nudge you to thought and awareness. Respond to one of our carefully composed prompts or bring something you’re working on. At the end of the day, share what you like with the group or take in and reflect on what others have written.  The session runs from 10 am to 4 pm, leaving you with time to walk on the beach or visit the Cape May Lighthouse before sundown. This workshop is a BYOL (bring your own lunch). We will provide  coffee and tea throughout the day at no charge. There is a refrigerator where you can stash perishables, if needed. 
confirmation_number $95.00
The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center
Mon, 14 Aug, 09:00 AM
Before the summer slips by, fit in a bit of time for your current creative endeavor, or start something new. Join us for a shortened version of our one-day retreats. This half-day workshop offers all the features of our full days: mindfulness, breathwork, and light movement for all body types; a writing prompt that is sure to get your pen gliding across the page or your fingers tapping the keys (whether your goal is poetry, story, memoir, or journaling). There will be sharing time for immediate feedback, if desired. This particular event does not include lunch, but coffee and tea will be available free of charge throughout the session, and you are welcome to bring any other sustenance you may want! When: August 14, 2023 9 am – 1 pm Where: The Farmhouse at the Burlington County Agricultural Center 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Cost: $40/person
confirmation_number $40.00

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Writer's Thoughts

Your centering guidance and writing prompts were so valuable in opening the door for my self expression to occur. Words can be used in ways I had not realized to give voice to the stories inside me that in some version exist in many of us. Thank you. I look forward to working with you again. You may even help me to become the writer I aspire to be.

Kathi G.

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