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Hemingway & Chardonnay: A Travel Writing Workshop

October 25-27, 2019


During this luxurious weekend retreat, we will write about adventures that are close to our hearts (Hemingway) and sip wine (chardonnay or your favorite beverage) while writing. Bring your computer or pen and paper, and a work in progress, if you want! This meditative writing retreat:

  1. offers you inspiration, instruction and guidance to reflect on adventures (past, present or future)
  2. allows travel to be your teacher
  3. gives you leisurely time and a lovely setting to write all the while digging deeper into your artistic repertoire
  4. unlocks a community of contemplative friends with whom to safely share (you can decide whether or not you are comfortable sharing your writing)

You will write as a contemplative traveler, pilgrim and sojourner. You will incorporate all five (or six) senses into your writing scenes. You will learn how to revise your work to make it sing, cry or laugh out loud.

Friday night

  • What do traveling and journeying have to offer us in regards to learning about ourselves, our lives and relationships? How do our travels and journeys affect our viewpoint of our world at large or in particular?
  • What journey will you explore during the retreat? Why and how?

Saturday morning

  • How can you write about an adventure while using all the senses? What metaphor might you find and use in your story or essay?

Saturday afternoon

  • People watching and viewing art are two ways to view life. You can write real-life stories or fiction from experience or imagination.

Saturday evening

  • Eat a delicious, chef-prepared dinner with intention, and then compose a scene utilizing all the senses.

Sunday morning

  • How do you break out of unwanted habits because you have traveled into the unknown?
  • How do you see your world and yourself in different ways?
  • How will you continue to explore your world as an intentional traveler?


Rhonda Wiley-Jones, a seasoned workshop facilitator, offers interactive, content-packed and fun-filled learning experiences that focus on participants’ needs. Encouragement and gentle guidance, along with specific instructions are hallmarks of her workshops. Her previous audiences have included retired academics, community members, college students and travelers in Mexico. She is published in several anthologies and now serves as a travel columnist for Riverhill Living lifestyle magazine. She also self-published her coming-of-age travel memoir, “At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away”, and is now writing historical fiction. Rhonda’s website and blog entitled, “Finding Ourselves at Home in the World” are about travel, travel writing and the craft of writing. Check it out here!


Cost and Housing

Hotel-style lodging accommodations will be available for reservation.

Single Occupancy room: $580

Double Occupancy room: $450

Commuter rate: $300 (includes tuition, lunches and dinners; excludes lodging accommodations). 


A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer and rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

Click here for directions to Mo.

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