Zen in the Art of Writing

Sean Murphy & Tania Casselle: March 18-22, 2018


Retreat Description

Join Hemingway award-winning author and Zen teacher Sean Murphy and freelance writer, editor, and author Tania Casselle for this all inclusive retreat, as they share their extensive bag of tricks for opening the creative flow, bypassing the inner critic, and accessing your true source of creativity.

We’ll explore how meditation, mindfulness, yoga, free-writing and other approaches can stimulate the natural flow of the creative process and open the mind to new possibilities, with special emphasis on finding or deepening our most natural writing voices.

Most importantly, we’ll rediscover the freedom, playfulness, and joy that made us want to write in the first place. Our emphasis will be on the creative process and on encouraging all participants, whether beginning or experienced, to develop their own writing styles within a supportive and inspiring environment.


This is a process-oriented rather than a critically-oriented workshop, open to everyone from beginners to experienced writers, meditators, and yoga practitioners who want to write or simply wish to explore the contemplative side of the creative process.

Some periods will be spent outside with close observation exercises, walking meditation and mindfulness practices in the naturally inspiring environment of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, to enhance awareness of the sensory details that build mindfulness and supply the raw materials of our writing.


View full Retreat Itinerary here.

Watch Sean and Tania's Welcome Message


Retreat Takeaways


  • Gain clarity about what gets in the way of your writing flow and learn techniques to overcome these issues

  • Practice free-writing and other techniques to open up your true writing voice and free your creative flow

  • Learn how to balance your creative and critical aspects of mind so that these support each rather

  • Access a deeper freedom, clarity, and creativity in your writing

  • Refresh and rejuvenate your body, mind, and creative spirit

Retreat Audience


  • All writers (beginners and experienced) looking for ways to open the creative flow, access their true source of creativity and find their natural writing voice

  • Meditators and yoga practitioners who want to deepen their contemplative practice and apply it to the creative process

Retreat Includes

  • Overview of meditation and mindfulness practices and how to apply them to the creative process

  • Techniques to open your natural writing voice

  • Techniques to balance the creative and critical aspects of the mind

  • 4 nights accommodation at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Deluxe room

  • Welcome cocktail reception Sunday evening

  • Healthy meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; breakfast on Thursday. Gratuities included. Dietary requirements can be accommodated.

  • Daily morning yoga session

  • Daily morning and afternoon workshops with Sean Murphy and Tania Casselle

  • Free time daily


Retreat Rates


  • Be one of the first five people to book by September 9, 2019 to receive a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Lake View room (subject to availability)

  • Single occupancy is available from $449 per night or $1,796 Canadian for the full retreat

  • Double occupancy is available from $361 per person, per night or $1,444 Canadian per person for the full retreat

  • Rates based on a Deluxe room

  • Rates do not include taxes or service charges

  • Four night stay required (March 18-22, 2018)

  • US travelers will enjoy additional savings due to favorable exchange rate. Check Daily Exchange Rates . (Rates will vary and do not include credit card exchange fees. Subject to daily exchange rate changes.)

  • 2018 retreats require 50% deposit at time of booking, with full payment due at check-out. Cancelation within one month of program start date will result in full retreat charged


To reserve this package or inquire for more details, please email lakelouisewellness@fairmont.com or call +1 403 522 1638 and reference the "Zen in the Art of Writing" retreat. Due to limited space, online bookings will not be available. 




  • “If you love words and stories and their possibilities, this course if for you. If you depend on any of these things professionally, then this course is a career necessity.” – Peete 2017

  • “This retreat will help you slow down and completely inspire you! The natural beauty of lake Louise will amaze you. As well, the accommodations, food and hosts are top notch! Get ready to have an amazing time!!” Kesia 2017

  • “Definitely take this retreat if you want some immersion in writing practice and meditation. The kind attention & wisdom of these teachers is a huge plus and the setting is remarkable.” Mag 2017


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