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Write Your Life: Page to Stage Retreat

With award-winning writer and performer Ann Randolph

A Writing Retreat in Kauai - January 19-26, 2020

Join award-winning writer & performer Ann Randolph for 8 days of writing, creating, and outdoor adventures on Kauai’s breathtaking North Shore. A perfect retreat for those seeking to explore memoir, personal essay, solo performance, and self-expression in a spectacular setting.

This retreat is an invitation for you to discover your own unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs in speaking it out loud. You'll learn how to trust your creative impulses, thus embracing all of who you are. By becoming the author of your own life and learning how to tell your own story, you will not only learn to craft your experience into a compelling narrative, but you will also unleash a sense of purpose in your life that you never thought possible. Ann Randolph creates a supportive, fun, and dynamic space in which to create - writing exercises, and experiential exercises.

 
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"Ann Randolph is a multi-tiered invitation and adventure in interiority, grief, healing; and her teaching touches a part of my heart that brings me to my knees…laughing, sometimes crying. Ann is a master teacher."

Alanis Morissette, singer, songwriter, author

 
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So you’re thinking of writing the story of you... how exciting!

Maybe even putting it onstage. Woo Hoo.

You know you have something incredibly inspiring to share with the world.

You know your words, your story can make a difference.

The problem is, by the time you finally get the chance to sit down to write, fear and resistance kick in.

DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

DOES MY STORY MATTER?

WHO IS REALLY GOING TO READ THIS?

WHAT IF I FAIL?

That inner critic keeps pushing you around and you give up before you even begin. Or you get close but never complete.

When you end up letting fear win, it keeps you from living and speaking your truth. And without that you can’t write the story you were meant to write.

Believe me, I get it.

20 years ago, I was working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter for mentally ill women in Santa Monica. My paycheck every two weeks was $740. I took the job so I would have my days free to create and weekends off to perform.

I thought I would be there only 6 months. I worked there 10 years.

During that time, I wrote 5 solo shows, all of them produced with my credit card. Thank you VISA! I won fancy awards and critic’s praise, but I sunk deeper in debt from self-producing. I couldn’t get the attention of producers and agents no matter how hard I tried.

The worst part, I lied.

I lied when I met people in the entertainment industry. I didn’t tell them where I worked because I wanted to be seen as “somebody”.

Finally, on my 10th year on the graveyard shift, with nothing to lose. I picked up the pen and wrote about the lies, my life at the shelter and my fear that I would end up homeless too.

When I finished writing the show, I felt a tremendous peace because I had finally revealed the part of myself I was desperately trying to hide, my own brokenness.

One night while performing this new show, I see Mel Brooks in the audience.

I can barely contain myself. I am a huge fan!

Immediately after the show, he comes backstage says, “Ann you’re a genius. I am going to produce you in NYC!”

To the outside world, my life changed in that instant, but to me, it changed the minute I was able to share all of me on stage and not just the pretty parts.

And that’s why I created Write Your Life: Page to Stage.

I saw the power of speaking your deepest truths and being completely honest and REAL to your audience.

By creating a safe, supportive space where you can be totally open and vulnerable, we’ll be able to dive deep and dig up the stories that are meant to be told.

We’ll find ways to befriend our inner critic , overcome resistance , and create with wild abandon.

Totally Censor free so you can BE.

 By the time you leave, you will have a deep knowing of the impact of your stories on those who shared the journey with youguidance for the next step in putting your work out in the world and most of all a sense of coming home to who you were meant to be,  a beautiful being with a story to tell.

 Come on and let’s Write Your Life.

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10 BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF A KAUAI RETREAT

1. Get a jump-start on your memoir, solo show and generate new material.

2. Hike the world-famous Na Pali coastline.

3. Discover new ways to create spontaneously.

4. Swim in Hanalai Bay, named “Best Beach in America” by The Huffington Post and National Geographic.

5. Expand your range of self-expression and discover your uniquely powerful v o i c e.

6. Experience the healing energy of the oldest of the Hawaiian islands.

7. Transform your “inner critic” into material.

8. Eat delicious locally-grown food.

9. Learn to craft your narrative in a compelling way.

10. Spend a week with the coolest people on the planet.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Lodging on site:

We have a lovely retreat house located on the grounds of the Church of the Pacific in Princeville. There are four rooms available and we can accommodate up to six guests. The house is very spacious with a large front porch overlooking the ocean and a screened lanai overlooking the mountains.  The house comes fully equipped with WiFi and full kitchen. Beach chairs, towels and snorkeling gear are also provided. It is a three-minute walk to the sanctuary where we gather for the sessions, a ten-minute walk to the Princeville shopping center for groceries and restaurants, and a 25-minute walk to beautiful Anini Beach.

The rooms for rent are:

  • Dragonfly Room- King Size Bed, shared bathroom for $100/night

  • Oceanview Room-King Size Bed, shared bathroom for $100/night

  • Ohana Master Suite-Queen Size Bed, private bathroom, sitting area for $150/night

  • Plumeria Room-Two twin beds, shareable for two people, shared bathroom for $75 each/night

 (Prices include taxes and cleaning fees)

*Rentals are available one day before and one day after the retreat dates to give you time to settle in and /or integrate.

Email jdkauai7@gmail.com if you are interested in renting one of our available rooms.

*These rooms sell out fast, so please book early.


Other Lodging:

Rent a House  If you’re looking for an inexpensive room, please check into AirBnB or VRBO.  Ann has stayed in numerous rooms and houses through this site and our Destination Manager can look into any site that you might be interested in.  Consider getting friends together and sharing a house.

Luxury Hotels
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The St. Regis Princeville Resort
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
Grand Hyatt Kauai Hotel & Spa

Mid-Range Hotels
Hanalei Bay Resort
Hale Lani Bed & Breakfast
The Cliffs at Princeville – Oceanfront Realty
Wyndham Bali Hai Villas

Tent Camping
Anini Beach County Park
Haena Beach Park
Na Pali Coast State Park
YMCA of Kauai – Camp Naue

 
 
 

 

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ABOUT YOUR HOST

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Ann is considered one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the U.S. Her Ovation Award winning solo show, Squeeze Box, was produced Off Broadway by Mel Brooks. Ann received “Best Solo Performer” by the LA Weeklyand SF Weekly for her current show, LOVELAND. Her personal essays have been featured on NPR, BBC, and PBS. She teaches and tours at Esalen, Kripalu and theaters throughout the country.

 
 
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What people are saying… 

 
 

"I value every second of every moment I have spent in Ann’s workshops.  She has brought inspiration and light into my world as an artist I didn’t know existed. For that I will be forever grateful.  Without her I wouldn’t have written my play, it wouldn’t have been produced at two highly regarded theaters in LA, nor would I have had a dreamlike run at an Off-Broadway house in New York, and I wouldn’t be in talks with a “very big” MAJOR publishing house and a notable Literary Agent about any of this - if it hadn’t been for her - her talent, genius and generous guidance."

Michael Bonnabel, michaelbonnabel.com

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“Ann Randolph is a magnificent teacher. That’s why I’ve returned to study with her again and again. I’m a seven-time published author and I teach writing all over the world—and Ann is my go-to teacher. Every time I study with her, she jumpstarts my writing, helps me tap into my deepest material, and pushes me right over the edge of my comfort zone—exactly where I want to be because that’s where the creative jewels are found."

Laura Davis, Santa Cruz, CA, lauradavis.net


“My week in Ann Randolph’s workshop was simply incredible. She is an exquisite teacher. Skilled, compassionate, funny, inspirational. So talented! So creative! Perfection in an instructor. We had the joy of watching her perform her hilarious new show, Inappropriate In All the Right Ways, one evening at Hollyhock. What a gift! She is a wickedly funny comedienne who was able to drop in and bring a depth and humanity to her characters which was deeply moving. My work took on a new depth and I began to feel that I might be able to actually write this play. I can say with a full heart that her workshop changed my life.”

Michelle Martin, classicchic.ca

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"To work with a master of her craft is rare, for she has wisdom and patience, humor and honor, irreverence and fearlessness all in her toolkit; Ann Randolph keeps company with the Muse, in cornerside joints as well as pristine beaches; her  Inspirational Artistry - whether she is performing or inviting the artist in you to com out and play -   is an alchemical experience. She employs a grounded yet fluid,  seasoned skill set to help you soar."

Kate Brenton, educator + lomilomi practitioner


“A retreat with Ann is always a gift. The sprouting of relationship within the group - from stranger to the fullness of friendship - is quite beautiful. I think that it is because of Ann that this happens. She is the gardener. As she provides the conditions that we need to bloom, we do, indeed bloom. She is real in a world where that is not easy to find. Her spirit...the essence of who she is...bonds us, her students, to one another. There is a proverb that says “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet perfume and incense.” You will find that heartfelt counsel at a workshop, with Ann.

Jennifer T. Roberts, writer


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“This workshop in Kauai has opened my heart and shifted my entire being toward alignment and wholeness. Ann creates and holds space that is both safe and creatively charged ~ it’s a curious space, curiously safe, to the point that you can’t catch up with your subconscious as it surfaces through old and hardened armouring, and gently shows you what you might need to see in order to become lighter and more authentic. Wow. I could never have imagined this experience happening in one week. I am so grateful for this unique opportunity: to practice breaking through those old fears and express!!! Revealing and feeling my true feelings and then transferring them onto paper has made my writing more real and more raw, and the process of writing has become more engaging and purifying."

Carly Papagiannis, songwriter


"Before meeting Ann I was figuratively and literally lost; she gave me the platform for self-discovery and enabled the growth of my creativity, spirituality, and self-belief."

Michael Montondon, Student

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 Price: $1,200

Tuition covers writing workshop, reading/performance opportunity for the island community, excursions including an evening cook-out on the beach and guided hikes to secret beaches. In addition, there will be beautiful final night party and dinner in a lovely Kauai home. Fresh fruit, drinks and snacks will be served throughout the day.

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CANCELLATION POLICY:

You may receive a tuition refund, minus a $300 deposit, if it’s 60 days before the retreat start date. After 60 days, there will be no refund. Other options are to sell your spot to another workshop attendee if there is a wait list or you may gift your space to a friend.

 
 
 
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