Writing Retreat

A sacred experience to inspire earth-based wisdom


Redwoods Writing Retreat

Benbow Historic Inn
Garberville, CA
July 27 - July 29

Come for a rejuvenating getaway in the redwoods!

Immerse yourself in these ancient trees. We'll be staying at a luxurious, historic inn nestled in the northern California's redwoods. Visit the Avenue of the Giants, drive-through a tree, see a rare albino tree, and get 2 author headshots.

This retreat is a combination of specific cutting-edge writing techniques, deep connection with nature, rejuvenation, and taking effective action to get your ideas out into the world.

What's Included:

  • 2 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners @ Benbow Inn's restaurant (benbowinn.com/dining)
  • 2 Picnic Lunches
  • 2 Author Headshot Photos

Pssst... Hey Visionary Leaders and Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs

Have you ever written while sitting in the center of an old growth forest? It's quite a magical experience to immerse yourself in ancient trees, where people have turned dreams into reality for centuries.

Retreat Logistics

July 27 Thursday: 5pm Dinner
July 28 Friday: 10am Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, 5pm Dinner
July 29 Saturday: 10am Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, 5pm Dinner

Meals (included)

Our dinners and breakfasts will be at the Inn's restaurant, which offers a lovey seasonal menu. Lunches will be a less formal affair, with a packed picnic for our tour through The Avenue of The Giants. Most rooms at Benbow Inn have mini fridges, so please bring anything that nourishes you.

Photos (included)

Included with retreat are 2 lightly retouched photos and, weather permitting, in The Avenue of the Giants. Bring props and multiple outfits if you like. Steph Ritz has been a professional portrait photographer since 2002, the same year she began copywriting. She has photographed thousands of people around the world (included some rather famous faces) and specializes in outdoor portraits for book authors and websites.


Hotel (not included)

Book yourself any room in our hotel or their KOA, stay at an AirBnB or nearby hotel… your choice. We start retreat activities promptly at 5:00pm, so please plan ahead. Benbow check-in begins at 3pm, and there's indoor or outdoor areas to chill if you're staying elsewhere.

Travel (not included)

SFO, SAC, OAK, and STS are all bigger airports. Retreat is 4-ish hours from SFO.

ACV Arcata/Eureka is my top choice - it has a car rental at the airport, is about 90 minutes from retreat, and is near the Ritz Books party on July 30th.

Bonus (aka Invitation)

International Book Reading for Ritz Books Authors

July 30, 2023 @ 1pm - 4pm
Eureka Woman's Club, 1531 J St. Eureka, CA 95501
Free. Bring friends and family.

Earlybird Bonus (until June 21)

When you commit with a nonrefundable deposit at least 60 days before retreat, you'll receive a bonus pre-retreat coaching package. We'll map your book project for success over a 2-hour consultation... a $444 value at no additional cost.

Infuse your writing with your passions, purpose, and choices that have led you to this moment.

Meet Steph Ritz, retreat host

Steph Ritz guides holistic professionals to create books and websites as their ghostwriter, editor, graphic designer, photographer, and publisher. She is a world-renowned writing coach and web designer with over two decades of experience in teaching, healing, copywriting, and marketing. She also loves designing book graphics, websites, and logos.

As a multi-title bestselling author, she has been developing programs and facilitating events to meet your exact needs with laser precision since early childhood. Steph helps you develop your writing in a way that resonates with your audience. Her deep curiosity allows her to insightfully interpret who you are so you can share your true self with the world – it’s why she helps others gather their flowing ideas within the pages of books.

Meet Michelle Bee, guest facilitator

Michelle Bee was trained in traditional psychotherapy. She then used her intuition to address the missing ingredients for exploring wholeness and wellbeing. As an alchemist, she explores the elements needed to transform the heaviness of systematic life into gold star dust. She practices this process with her own life by identifying and releasing thoughts, emotions and habits that came from societal programming to experience deeper self-love.

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