Bridgewater Retreat

2 Day Zen Summer Writing Workshop
Martin Avery
Instructor: Martin Avery, B.A., B.ED, M.F.A.
Fee: $80.00
Time: Friday July 23rd - Sunday, July 25th ,2010

Zen Summer Writing Workshop
How to activate and listen to the extraordinary voice within. Give yourself the gift of time to nurture mind, body and spirit. Bridgewater is one of the most beautiful retreats in Canada.

Martin Avery is a leader in Zen writing and meditation workshops. Martin has held workshops at York University, Georgian College, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Ginger Press, Bethany Hills, Centauri Arts, Meta4 Gallery in Port Perry and many libraries including - Bracebridge, Pickering, Oshawa and Scugog. Martin has written 22 books with a wide range of variety. All of Martin's books can be found on

This writing workshop is ideally suited for writers who are looking for a looser, freer style. Spontaneity will be a key ingredient for each writing session and you will be encouraged to experiment with Martin's recipe's for writing success, including Zen writing practice.

Each day includes morning and afternoon writing sessions and end of day reading sessions, with plenty of writing time and assistance in between. Weather permitting we will go out of doors with our writing pads and make use of the many beautiful and inspirational surroundings Bridgewater Retreat has to offer its guests. Everyone is welcome to take part in what will prove to be a fun and memorable experience.

Course Fee: $80
Accommodation Fee: Bridge Water Retreat
$111/day includes accommodations,
3 meals/day, taxes and use of art studio.  
To book course contact:  Martin Avery
  (905) 903-5399 


For many years, Bridgewater has been an artist’s paradise,
nestled among trees along the beautiful Skootamatta River.

Heritage log buildings, cozy cedar cabins and a studio filled with natural light create an atmosphere for creativity. Subject matter surrounds you. Enjoy cooling off by the river, solitude under the cedars and exploring the adjacent conservation area. Bridgewater Retreat offers residential classes with renowned instructors in this inspirational setting. All cabins are double occupancy, with two single beds, mini-fridge, clock radio, fan, electric heat, pillows, blankets and two-piece bath. A showerhouse is centrally located among the cabins. Classes at Bridgewater are limited to students who are residents for the duration of the class.

Accommodations includes three meals per day, unlimited use of studio and on-site facilities. Guests are required to provide their own sheets (single bed) or sleeping bag and towels. Please also bring a flashlight. No pets. All cabins are smoke free. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, as the terrain is uneven. We are unable to accommodate individual specific dietary needs.

Check-in between 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Arrival Dinner served at 6:30pm.
Check-out of cabins by 11:00am and studios by 2:00pm

To arrange for accommodation, please contact Bridgewater Retreat
at (613) 478-6116, or toll free at 1-888-478-6116;
Bridgewater Retreat is located half way between Toronto and Ottawa.




A relaxing adult Retreat ideal for overnight guests, workshops, seminars and special events.

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