OJAI WRITER'S ESCAPE
Make a Playdate with your Muse
A Three-Day Journey into the Soul of Creativity
March 3oth - April 1st, 2018
Find your very own outdoor lounge or hammock among the oaks
Snuggle in with an Ojai alpaca blanket
Revel in a pot of the world’s finest tea formulated specifically for you
Write to your heart’s brim
with the encouragement and pen-holding of Zhena Muzyka,
acclaimed author, muse wrangler, and publisher of Enliven Books.
Join a long list of authors who have chosen to write, create & celebrate their voices in the Ojai Valley:
WHERE BRILLIANCE IS BORN
Count yourself among the great poets, songwriters, musicians, and artists that have
discovered and sipped from the well of inspiration in Ojai.
You will be handed the keys to the mystical wonderland, as you
excavate and unveil your writing’s vein of gold.
Delight in the discovery as Zhena and other writing and creativity muses help you
uncover your ultimate expression and greater depths in your work.
Dear Creative One,
I’ve created a spiritual room of your own for you to come and rest amongst your dreams and talents. Allow me to bring you to a place where outside distractions fade into the horizon and we serve the heart of your creativity a cup of steaming magic.
Through movement, myth and ritual, I will immerse you in loving support to take your creative work to the next level. Together, we will examine the inventive soul of your writing—turning what we find into your most ingenious work. As we clear away the day-to-day distractions and synthesize your imaginative stirrings, we’ll deepen your practice and commitment. Come with me and be set free from doubt, creative blocks, and any artistic anxiety you may feel as you work on your book, brand, or other creative project.
Allow yourself to be cared for with three exquisite days catered to your most sacred dreams, in a space of pure inspiration. We will hike chaparral-lined trails at dusk, soak worries away in a herb-filled hot tub under the stars, roast (vegan) marshmallows and sip wine from the vineyard next door with fellow writers and creatives. We will come face-to-face, ear-to-ear, and heart-to-heart with your original voice.
I’ve designed The Muse Playdates to surprise, delight, and instill your creative soul with the bliss and inspiration for which it longs. You will be pampered, encouraged, and given permission to own your voice and your stories. You will be mentored, cherished, and honored as the creative powerhouse you are. You will also gain insights from guest speakers I’ve carefully selected from a group of captivating perfumers, poets, authors, and yogis.
Come away with me, let us dance under the stars and giggle in the moonlight. Let us write, play, sing and gather the bliss that is our creative birthright. These retreats are the crown jewel in all that I offer to the world; they are the place where we are free to channel our wild, true, creative nature.
A FULL IMMERSION OJAI EXPERIENCE: with morning yoga, meditation, sunset hikes, and long evenings under the stars.
CHEF INSPIRED REGENERATIVE MEALS: Each day you will be catered to with three nourishing, organic, farm-to-table meals, biodynamic tea, locally roasted coffee, wine from our local vineyards, and epicurean snacks fit for a creative superstar.
HOURS OF FULLY DEDICATED CREATIVE IMMERSION: You will be guided through daily morning and evening creative excavation writing workshops led by Zhena and have a one-on-one editorial session.
EXPRESS YOUR DREAMS: The evenings will find you in a sacred sharing circle where you will have a chance to share your work, express your dreams, and unveil your creative intentions in a wildly supported environment.
Writing strategies, exercises and tools to continue your best work once you leave.
A focused, deep-dive, one-on-one editorial session with Zhena. Gain expert guidance from Zhena on an area of your choice: story structure, title/subtitle, character development, book marketing, or brand development.
Writing workshops led by Zhena that will guide you through creative excavation
A tarot reading to unveil the subconscious desires you have for your creative project.
Your very own signature tea blend. You will also experience the art of tea, with daily tea ceremonies.
Creatives looking for new insights into their craft
”Zhena is a muse, mystic, and mentor to my writing. Her perspective on my work has been responsible for transforming every word I now wright after learning under her wise wing. She has given me a new purpose in taking pen to paper. I am now an awakened and activated author, and for that I am eternally grateful."
- Emma Mildon, Best Selling Author of The Soul Searcher's Handbook
"I might have expected my writing to mature during Zhena's Writer's Retreat, but I could never have guessed at the personal transformation and emotional growing up that occurred during the process. I returned with a better grasp on my writing and a better understanding of myself."
"This writer's retreat far exceeded any expectations I had. Not only was I able to get clarity on the book, and a path to finishing it, I met some amazing women, who will be fast friends. Through your guidance and support we have all grown as writers, and as goddesses. Please never stop doing what you do! You open us all up to what's possible, and our best selves. Thank you!"
- Roylin Downs
"A week of writing and meetings with Zhena and peers in a cocoon of tranquility and focused conversation is a gift I wish every person could experience. What a joy and an honor to jump into a deep dive with brilliant women! The learning, the writing, and the listening was precious and transformative! Beautiful memories!"
- Worth Stokes
Zhena Muzyka is an award-winning, purpose-driven social entrepreneur, teacher, author, executive coach, public speaker, and the publisher of Enliven Books, a Mind-Body-Spirit imprint from Atria/Simon & Schuster. Her mission is to inspire her audience to uncover their purpose and live in ways that heal themselves and our world.
Zhena’s critically acclaimed book, Life by the Cup, chronicles her experience growing a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, as a single mom with $6 to her name in hopes to inspire others to achieve their most audacious dreams. She is celebrated for her Empowered Author's Academy and Bali Writer's Retreat.
Praised for her products and work in conscious business practices, Zhena has been on the Inc. 5000 list for several years, has been named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received Enterprising Women’s Enterprising Women of the Year Award, and the Natural Products Expo Socially Responsible Business award, among others. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and on Bloomberg, FOX NEWS, Lou Dobbs, and others for her unique point of view on mission driven business success, women in business, and spirituality.
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