Body on the Page, Heart on the Page: Memorial Day Weekend Retreats in Bloomington, IN

These events are currently canceled and will be rescheduled ASAP. All registrants have received a full refund. Stay tuned for an update.

Body on the Page
a one-day writing retreat for women body on the page final

Body on the Page is a new writing retreat I’m offering here in Bloomington, IN. It will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 10AM to 6PM. This time around, this is a women/female identified only event designed to center yourself on love of your body just as it is.

We will explore the stories our bodies hold and examine what we can let go. Through guided meditative techniques, we will travel our being to locate blocks, flows and spots that need some extra love.

Bring your body fear, your painful memories, your self-revulsion and remorse. Bring the stories you have survived and are surviving and know that you will be held in a safe space. Bring what the world has taught you about being a woman, and leave behind any teaching that does not serve you. Take with you a celebration of yourself and a new way to see yourself with joy. We will write ourselves free of self-judgment with multiple techniques that do not require previous writing experience.

This retreat will be hosted in the heart of Bloomington in a cozy nook filled with coffee, tea, water and snacks to nourish us. This location is new, and not just to me! The Fab Lab and Fitness Studio is sandwiched between art galleries and coffee shops. In fact, the Fab Lab hosts a pop-up toy shop which you will have the opportunity to peruse during our two hour lunch break (1-3PM).

A short walk along the Kirkwood shopping strip will take you either to the town square (chock-full of shops and good eats) and the Indiana University campus (which is, frankly, its own reason to visit Bloomington in Spring). Travel in one of the other two directions and you will end up on Fourth Street, home to restaurants featuring cuisines from nearly every continent. The other way will take you to a pair of museums exploring genealogy, art and world culture. The Fab Lab is also conveniently located within walking distance of multiple hotels, so if you are traveling in from out of town, you will have no trouble finding accommodations.

Heart on the Page
a one day mini-retreat for everyone

Heart on the Page final

Bloomington is amazing, so why not make this a weekend getaway? Body on the Page is ladies only, but on Sunday I will be offering the first in a series of mini retreats called Heart on the Page that is open to all genders. Enjoy a leisurely brunch beforehand. And if you register in advance for both days, your price will be discounted!

Heart on the Page will be offered monthly, each session on a different theme of writing love letters for joy and healing. In this first mini retreat, we will write letters to ourselves and to our current, future or past beloveds. And because this takes place during Memorial Day Weekend, you will have the option of writing a love letter to someone remembered.

All of my retreats and workshops are safe spaces open to everyone. If you have questions or concerns about access, accommodations or allergies please contact me directly:

You can register now for either or both events on The Honeyed Quill’s Registration page.


Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

2 Discussion to this post

  1. Norah Colvin says:

    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for participants and presenter. Enjoy!

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    • Shawna Ainslie says:

      I’m very excited, Norah. I’m looking forward to getting the course on paper. Right now it is fully realized, but I’d like to create a booklet that goes with Body on the Page I can make available to those who don’t travel. As always, I will have a gift surprise for participants!

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