Ego Break Retreat

Ego Break Retreat

October 17-22, 2024: This Ego Break Writers Retreat will be held at The Inner Garden Creative Retreats and B&B located in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The center includes two homes on the property: the Main House and Zeke’s House. We will use both houses for our retreat, however the Main House will be where all our activities and meals will occur. We’ll be an hour from New Orleans. The retreat includes one day trip to the French Quarter area of Bourbon Street. Check in between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on October 17, 2024. Check out by 11:00am on October 22, 2024.

While the location of each Ego Break Retreat changes, the essence and promise remain the same. Ego Break is an experiential, all-inclusive, writers retreat for journal writers, novice writers, professional writers, and everyone in-between, including those who don’t write yet but want to write. Rather than offering workshops that lecture on the mechanics of craft, Ego Break Retreats focus on creativity and character development. No matter your genre or where you are in your writing journey, the expanded and unique perspectives you’ll gain on this retreat will rejuvenate your writing and your life. Ego Break promises to be a transformational experience you’ll write about! 

Critique Sessions
Read up to 2000 words of a project you would like to receive on the spot critiques from the whole group. Be prepared to humbly receive and give constructive criticism. The critiques will be spread out over a few days to give everyone an hour for feedback.

Ego Break
In this three part, transformational workshop, we’ll explore the ego, ego constructs, ego programing and break down the Hero’s Journey story pattern on a personal level. Once you experience an ego break, your understanding of character development and the Hero’s Journey will deepen. This informational and experiential workshop includes a guided, group meditation.

Creative Channel
In this workshop, you’ll learn more about where creativity comes from and how to access that space. We will explore how to use transpersonal methods, such as meditation, dream work, and Tarot cards to enhance our creativity. This informational and experiential workshop also includes a group Reiki Meditation.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party
What better way to experience characterization than stepping into character? If you would like to participate in Ego Break’s Murder Mystery Dinner activity, you’ll receive your character’s information in advance of the retreat. On the night of the mystery dinner, each participating guest will play out their character’s role until the mystery has been solved. Prizes will be awarded for: best costume, best detective, and best acting.

Day Trip to New Orleans
We’ll spend an afternoon and evening in the French Quarter area of Bourbon Street. Dinner is included in this trip, and possibly an evening ghost tour.

Fill your glass of wine, and we’ll gather around the bonfire. Under the stars, we’ll share wonderfully, unique conversations–you know, the kind of conversations only a group of writers have.

Sound Bath Meditation
Release tension and completely relax into the sound waves of crystal singing bowls, a gong, and other sound bath instruments.

Writing Time / Free Time
You’ll have plenty of time to write! Get some words on the page. Maybe work out your plot line or begin a new project. Or, if you seek inspiration, explore the area.

1 Hour Private Reiki & BioMat Session (**Optional for an additional $100 fee.**)
Reiki works to clear disturbances in the body’s energy fields. The disturbances are experienced as different symptoms, such as conscious and unconscious beliefs that do not serve us. Your optional private Reiki session could help with imposter syndrome, fear of success, creativity, procrastination, or your session could be used to help with completing a goal. 

What’s Included and What’s Not Included with the Registration Fee.

Your Investment in This Experience Includes: Room for 5 nights/4 full days, all of the included meals will be prepared by our cook and served at the retreat house: five dinners, five breakfasts, four lunches, snacks, various wines, coffee, teas, water, soda, workshops, critique sessions, group Reiki session, murder mystery dinner, day trip to New Orleans, linens, towels, washer/dryer, wifi, fellowship, motivation, and inspiration… We will do our best to accommodate food preferences, ie…vegan/vegetarian, however, depending on the circumstances (cross-contamination sensitivity), we might not be able to accommodate gluten free diets. If you are gluten free and are interested in attending Ego Break, please contact to discuss options. If you have food sensitivities/aversions, please comment in the “notes to business” section during your registration process. ***There will be a Zoom session with Ego Break’s host and all retreat guests before the date of the retreat, so that we may introduce ourselves and ask/answer any last minute questions.

Ongoing Support: The fellowship and support continue after the retreat in our exclusive, active, Ego Break Facebook group. You’ll also stay motivated and accountable to continue writing by participating in our monthly Zoom critique sessions.  

Not Included: Transportation to and from retreat house, Travel expenses, Travel Insurance, Personal Toiletries

Retreat Information

Retreat Date 10-17-2024
Retreat End Date 10-22-2024
Retreat Fee $1,499.00
Created By Karrie Loomis
Retreat Contact Person Karrie Loomis
Retreat Contact Information
Location Inner Garden Creative Retreat Center
Genres and Categories Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novels, Screenwriting, Short Stories, Workshops

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