Wild Women, Wild Voices Mexican-style

La Manzanilla, Mexico, where you’ll find a beautiful beach, a mangrove that features 200 resident American crocodiles and dozens of species of gorgeous birds, warm Pacific waters with a gentle surf, jaw-dropping sunsets, friendly people (Mexican and otherwise), a vendor’s market on Friday, many good restaurants with freshly caught fish, and for a few intense and exciting days last week, a gathering of ten women who’d come for a writing retreat.
sunset la manzanilla
And write we did: a story from six prompts written in three-minute bursts; three-word sentences detailing a ten-year period of our life; answering the question: “Why I write,” inspired by Terry Tempest Williams’s gorgeous essay; writing “The Moment,” after which everything was different; responding to prompts and more prompts and reading our work aloud, not for critique but to hear the sound of our voices, and generally claiming our truths, telling our stories, and supporting one another as we did our work.
margaret reads
And we laughed—that raucous, from-the-belly, loud and bawdy laughter that happens when any group of wild women come together and share their stories. In fact, it may have been the vibrations from our laughter that caused the volcano at not-so-distant Colima to erupt on Friday afternoon.
patricia reads (laff)
There were tears, too, the kind that come when we go to those old and authentic places. This is when we understand how deep writing can go and the women hold the space holy and honor the story and the storyteller in silent support.

Judy & othersTen women times three full days of writing, plus good food, walks on the beach, a little shopping, a little music, a little dancing, and energy flaring into bright explosions of language. Ten women gathered on a shaded porch, creating community and writing their stories. This is Wild Women, Wild Voices Mexican-style.

Thank you Harriet, Judy, Jenny, Margaret, Sandy, Amelia, Patricia, Glenda, and Gloria for inviting me and for the unforgettable experience we created in La Manzanilla.

cafe @ cafe risa(My newest book, Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness, will be released in April, 2015. May there be many, many more Wild Women, Wild Voices gatherings.)

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  2. i really like the initiative.looks more vivid ,more touching escapism for a writer.
    its time to get relaxed while keeping your mind and souls in action.i can smell the beach steam from here .not only this but also i can listen to nights calm there while you keep yourself busy in writing some words.also i can see your togetherness and how its beautifull days there.
    How amazing to be a writer;a witness of your self and of your time and place.can wait to read this book.that for granted will rend me a wild women too……..

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