New Pricing for Memorial Day Retreats Body, Heart on the Page


This event is currently canceled and will be rescheduled ASAP. All registrants have received a full refund. Stay tuned for an update.



Life is a carousel, and I’ve been spinning up and down. It is a struggle to value myself as my own boss. Putting price tags on the work I do is an arduous process. I consult with everyone I trust.

The writing I coach takes a toll on me, but it also frees me from my own feminine history. I love doing it.

Body on the Page is a retreat I have already put great effort into. Heart on the Page is a dream I’ve been tending for awhile. I want to provide an amazing safe space for individuals to come and write themselves free as I have. But . . .

I have been told people will not attend my full-day retreat (8 hours total) for the price I have set. It smashed me up for a few minutes, but mostly it renewed my pricing struggle. I had a six hour drive to think about value of my time (taking it away from my children, partner and private coaching clients) versus the value of making courses on expressive writing for release and recovery easily available. I took away the money factor with the exception of space rental and materials provided and decided that what I want most is for people to show up.

I know what my work is worth. I know that I set the original price for what I am offering low. But I also know that those of you who need this most are those who can afford it least. I want to work with you.

Here’s my solution: You decide the price.

I still need you to register for Body on the Page. Registration is $25. Because I have to cover my costs, the registration fee will be non-refundable. When you arrive, you pay what you want for the retreat. 

For Heart on the Page, I am lowering the price to $10. You will need to register in advance for the full price, again so I can cover the cost of materials and location.

This means no earlybird pricing and no discounts. Still, if you need this class and you are having trouble making the deposit, please connect with me.

You can register here. 

I hope you will join me. I look forward to writing with you.

With love,


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. Drew Sheldon says:

    So the message I’m taking from this is: You’re priceless. I agree. I’m not sure if I can make it, but it has brought me some inspiration. So one way or another, I’ll be sending a little money your way.

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