AWA Professional Development and Writing Retreat

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In May 2015, AWA held its first ever (and highly successful) conference. And ever since then, we’ve been asked over and over when the next AWA member event will be.

The answer is this year!  

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Who: For anyone who has ever been trained to facilitate workshops in the AWA method
When: October 12 to 15, 2018, Friday evening to Monday after lunch
Where: The Bosque Retreat Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy 3 nights accommodation in beautiful rooms with a single bed and sink plus centrally located showers and baths.
Why: So many reasons! Read on to see a few we’re highlighting, or share your own with the #AWAretreat2018…


To be supported in your own writing practice

You hold space for others all the time, and you write along with them. But that means that a part of you is always on alert – watching the time, holding the practices kindly but firmly. For these three days come and be supported in your own writing practice – by facilitators who know the AWA practices and will hold that safe space for you.

To support your Professional Development and the development of your writing facilitation business

Member presentations and workshops on:

  • Growing your facilitation business
  • Taking groups on international retreats
  • Best business practices
  • Working with social service agencies
  • And more. We’re interested in what YOU have to offer. When you register, you will be asked if you are interested in leading one writing session or in presenting on a topic that you’re interested in. You don’t have to be an expert. Maybe you’ve always wanted to lead a group for cancer survivors. Or a group for writing about grief. Or for at-risk youth. Come prepared to offer what you already know and facilitate a discussion and resource sharing session with your peers.

To build your AWA community and resource network

Get to know Affiliates better whom you don’t yet know – or know only slightly.

To retreat in a stunning location

Albuquerque in Autumn is gorgeous – warm during the day, cool in the evenings. On the banks of the Rio Grande, the Bosque Center is nestled within the Rio Grande bosque – Spanish for forest. Grand cottonwoods frame the towering 10,000 ft. Sandia Mountains to the East and ancient volcanoes mark the western horizon. Walk the labyrinth based on Chartres or sit by the pond teeming with koi. Throughout the grounds, one can find covered settings, benches and areas for rest and relaxation.

The Paseo Del Bosque Trail and the Rio Grande River are just a 10 minute walk from the retreat center. Recognized as one of the top 12 trails in the nation, you can view the river and a pristine habitat for migrating Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, migrating eagles, coyotes, beavers, turtles, and more wildlife.

The dates of the retreat also coincide with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (10/6 – 10/14), a stunning display of over 500 hot air balloons. Extend your visit to include the fiesta as well or just enjoy a hint of it as you watch hot air balloons occasionally float by the retreat center.

You are less than 15 minutes from the international airport, 15 minutes from major shopping opportunities and 10 minutes from historic Old Town Albuquerque.

Fly into Albuquerque. Centrally located in USA for both our east coast and west coast facilitators – and everyone in between!

Cost:  Full price is $850.00 USD but discounts are available for Affiliates, plus a non-residential option for $650.00 USD.

If your Affiliate dues are paid up, you’ll receive a $100 discount. This marvelous weekend retreat and professional development opportunity could cost you just $750 all-inclusive – lodging, sumptuous meals and the full program – or $550 without lodging.

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