• Word Trail Meditations

    Hike. Write. Realize

    Are you curious to explore how hiking and yoga in nature can unleash creative writing?

    As we hike, write, and explore movement meditations we attune and connect our senses to the landscape, the elements, and energize our spirit for our writing to naturally unfold.

    This workshop is for:  writers of fiction, memoir, non-fiction, poets, bloggers, journalists, those that journal, and other storytellers and creative artists of all mediums and levels of experience.

    Do you wish to take a break from your writing desk or life routine and step into nature to stretch, write, and just breathe in fresh air? 

    If so, this workshop is for you!

    In this workshop we:

    • Calm & center busy-mind with walking meditation
    • Release tension, ground, and connect profoundly with Mother Earth through guided yoga-based writing exercises & goddess-based hatha yoga & meditation
    • Awaken creativity & deepen connection with the earth & elments by learning which Hindu goddesses & their mantras to call upon
    • Access a wellspring of inspiration through guided writing exercises in inspiring natural spaces
    • Exchange and share in a small supportive group
    • Investigate encouraging & practical wisdom from the world’s great nature writers, artists and thinkers, known and unknown

    The hiking, writing and yoga practices in this workshop will spark your creative fire, liberating your authentic voice and deepest truths while we explore deep ecology of how the land, sky, and sea speak through us. When we connect and align with natural spaces and the elements we access unlimited inspired creativity. Stepping onto the trail and off into the forest, words begin to stream forth. Yoga and hiking reverse and relieve mind and body tension; when the body is at ease, so is the mind and spirit  --  opening space for your writing to trickle, flow, and burst forth.

  • Your Writing & Yoga Guide: Stephanie Renée dos Santos

    "Writing and Yoga are soul mates. Yoga reveals insights; Writing is the recorder. Yoga balances the rhythms of breath; Writing surfs breath through oceans of language. Yoga taps the unconscious; Writing transcribes the unconscious’s wisdom. Writing requires work; Yoga is the assistant. Writing is an offering to the world; Yoga eases the offering’s sacrifice. Writing is a solo act; Yoga provides community."

    You receive: 

    • All guiding for hiking, writing, & yoga
    • Increased circulation to your whole body-mind-spirit
    • Activation of creative expression 
    • Learn to access the state that creativity likes to manifest into: A state of surrender, openness, & grounded intuition
    • Structured guided writing exercises that work with the wisdom of yoga
    • Learn to set intentions for your writing & visualize/meditate on them
    • Inspiration & time to develop fresh new works
    • Time to share your work (new or an already written piece) in a supportive group atmosphere in a natural setting

    Testimonials: 

  • Alex Sands

    Mother & Montessori Teacher

    Bellingham, WA USA

    "What I loved most about the workshop was twofold. On the one hand, I was just so grateful to have a day all to myself doing something I would not have otherwise done (yoga outside, big hike with stops to journal). The mommy vortex can make it very easy for a woman to set aside her SELF for the sake of keeping the family ship afloat and moving forward. So, it was so lovely to not be in a rush, to take deep breaths, and to reflect on what I can do to foster my creativity and happiness. But, more specifically, I really loved bounding down the trail in silence. Good way to end the day.

    The yoga/writing/hiking provided the time and space for me to quiet my mind and breathe deeply enough to allow for creative, abstract thinking. It's like the day was an open window in a Susan Bennerstorm painting, do you know the artist? Her paintings capture light in the most astonishing, clear way. I love them...the day with like opening a window so enough light comes in to remind me of my creative self."

  • Regina Anderson

    Marketing Specialist & Writer

    Seattle, WA USA

    "The setting was gorgeous. Looking out over the bay and the San Juan Islands was the perfect place for writing inspiration. I also loved the ritual of writing down something that burdens you, ripping up the piece of paper and burying it on the new moon. This is something I will do every month because it's such a deliberate, mindful way of releasing the things that don't serve you. It was healing to be in the fellowship of creative, supportive women - something I am wanting more of in my life. I feel I was able to let go of limitations that I had imposed on myself and let my creativity roam in other directions."

  • Jennifer Hersman

    Massage Therapist & Writer

    Seattle, WA USA

    "Thank you for an incredible day! It was really so special. I loved how you linked ayurvedic or yoga elements with writing sensory elements because it felt inspiring and organic and raw to be in nature using my senses like that. I really appreciate having a mantra to recite as part of my toolbox for creativity. Thank you!!

    I believe the yoga centered me and got my heart and mind open for the remainder of the day. My mind enjoyed being exercised while my body moved. Lately, I've enjoyed exploring writing as a kinestetic and visceral experience, and this day completely did that for me, and more! Catharsis comes in many different forms and its so great to be open to however it comes. A day-long retreat holds space well for being open to your body, mind and spirit to express what they will. I thought the day unfolded nicely and would highly recommend it to anyone. I am excited to have you back in the NW next year!"

  • When: Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Duration:  All-day intensive, 9-6:00 pm

    Location: Oyster Dome Trail, Chuckanut Range, Bellingham, Washington USA 

    * Everyone needs a  “Discover Pass” to park your car in the Samish Outlook parking or a "Discover One-day Pass" ($11.50) which can be purchased online at or at local retail vendors which can be located at this website:  

    https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/dp.html

    What to bring:

    • Pen & writing journal
    • Your yoga mat if you like or I will have them on hand too
    • Packed lunch & afternoon snack
    • Proper clothing for the day's weather & hiking poles!

    Food recommendations:

    • Cheese and crackers
    • Trail Mix (Trader Joes has a great selection)
    • 2 Full water bottles
    • Piece of fruit
    • Granola bar or two or three!  

    Recommended reading:  The Earth Speaksby Steve Van Matre and The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

    To Register: 

    Fill out form below and pay in full.

    Early Bird Price (until July 7): $87

    Cost: $97  

    Pay by cash (on day of the event) or check:

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    Stephanie Renee dos Santos

    13524 254th PL NE

    Arlington, WA 98223

  • Note: Please email me (Stephanie) if you have any questions:  stephaniereneedossantos@gmail.com