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Tending the Writer’s Flame

October 5–6, 2024 at W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

(formerly Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary)

Victoria, BC

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Meet your writing in a sacred space

We welcome you to the embrace of the W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary (Place of the Deer), where 42 acres of protected forest will hold our gathering. In a large house suspended over a shimmering lake, we will be with water and fire, earth and sky, as we meet our muses and more. We will enjoy indoor and outdoor spaces for our collective and personal practices of writing and ritual.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday Oct 5

9 am -5 pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Sunday Oct 6

10 am – 5 pm (1 hour break for lunch)

$375 CAD         *Payment plans available*

Tea and a light lunch provided.

An immersive in-person workshop on writing & ritual



This is a non-residential retreat, but if you are coming from out of town and want to stay close to the nature sanctuary, we suggest AirBnBs in Langford and Bear Mountain.

What to Bring

Pack some extra snacks and coffee if its a key part of your writing life. Don’t forget your favorite mug for tea, a cozy blanket, and outerwear to stay warm. Bring a notebook and pen and a meditation cushion if you prefer floor seating.

Cancellation policy

You may cancel your registration up until September 15, 2024 for a full refund minus processing fees. You can also apply your payment to our next retreat (Nanaimo Jan 31-Feb 2, 2025).

From September 15 – September 30 you may cancel your enrolment for a 50% refund, or apply your payment to our next retreat.

After October 1, 2024 registrations are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.


“Tending the Writer’s Flame was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my creative flow. They offered a new perspective on writing that has helped me start Draft 2 of my novel with a lighter heart.”

Samantha Roy

Your guides in writing & ritual

Rayann Gordon

Rayann combines her experience as an artist and professional ritualist to facilitate creative openings, spirit-supported approaches to art making, and soul connection. She has degrees in Dance and Psychology, and an art background in installation, video, choreography, writing, and improvisational quilting. She works as a healer and mentor for people who wish to connect with their spirit guides and ancestors. Rayann is devoted to helping people reclaim the power of their human spirit and voice after difficult experiences.


Brooke Arnold-Rochette

As a nature-based ritualist, certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and trained inner-wilderness guide (MA in Transpersonal Ecopsychology), Brooke is passionate about deepening our relationship with our soulful self and the wild world. A creative writer and trained storyteller, story-tracking lies at the heart of her approach. Through contemplative practices, ritual and ceremony, poetry and myth, she gathers the richness of these multiple streams to best serve you in deepening your relationship with your writing and your writer-within.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have payment plans available?

Absolutely. You can divide your payment into two. One when you register and the second payment the week before the workshop.

Will I come out with a finished piece of writing?

The intention of Tending the Writer’s Flame is to connect you to your writing in new, soulful ways. You likely won’t complete a large piece of writing during workshop time, but could work on something over the weekend in the space between sessions. You will likely come out feeling more integrated and intuitive in your writing practice.

Will we be sharing our writing?

There will be an option to share something short in a honoring ritual on the last day of our time together. We respect your choice to share or not.

I'm an experienced writer. Is this just for beginners?

As with any relationship, our relationship to our creative path and art-forms require tending, deep listening, and food for inspiration. Experienced and beginning writers are welcome.

What if there is a ritual or practice that I don't want to take part in?

We support your process. If a particular practice is not resonant for you, you are welcome to free-write during that time.

More questions? Ask us.