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March 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Linda Sivertsen Writers Retreat

I’m fortunate enough to have graduated through an all girls private high school, to have spent dozens of years dreaming up perfect worlds with my girl sister/cousins, to have been poured and fired by a handful of fearless women mentors, to have felt the steady comfort of my own mother, and to have walked the world with a handful of badasses I call my friends. Some of my closest friends are men, but, come on guys, you do kinda drool.

With that understood, I wasn’t surprised to meet yet another amazing woman in Linda Sivertsen. A New York Times bestselling author, writing coach and spiritual dynamo, Linda holds writing retreats in the Carmel Highlands designed to help women get their book projects published. Linda found me through another cool chick…Elizabeth Murray (author, artist, master gardner, healer). She hired me to cook for the first time last October, and since then, I’ve cheffed for five additional retreats.

Carmel Highlands Womens Writers Retreat

Something special happens when the women get together. They come from diverse backgrounds and geographies, hold different stories, and have different goals, and yet bonds are quickly formed. In a matter of hours, dreams are being planned and tragedies deciphered. Linda is always pleased when she hears uncontrollable laughter coming from upstairs, a few of the women having taken a break from their work to discuss the things only women discuss.

Womens Retreat Eating Curry Caramel

Over the course of five days, as in all homes, the kitchen becomes a central feature of the house. Women pad by in sock feet, making tea, asking about the next meal or if I’d picked up any dark chocolate at the store. It is a delight for me to be in the kitchen, creating meals for these women. A fly on the wall to their incredible conversations over meals and receiver of their gratitute. They praise me for the food I prepare for them. It doesn’t get better than that. So, thank you to Linda and her dozens of women. Looking forward to the next retreat in April!

Carmel Highlands Writers Retreat

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