Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Alberta: My Kananaskis Writing Retreat

May 18th through 20th was Canada's Victoria Day Long Weekend, the first long weekend of the summer season. (Okay, I know it isn't officially summer until the solstice, but in our climate you have to seize any opportunity to believe summer is here!)
In the mountains, the deciduous trees
were just starting to get their new leaves.
When my other half was invited to play golf in Kananaskis Country (aka K Country), which is a series of large parks nestled in the foothills and eastern mountains of the Rocky Mountains, we decided to make it a mini getaway. 

I wrote here for a while, with my
AlphaSmart and my Starbucks.
We booked into the Lodge at Kananaskis on Saturday, then while he was out whacking a little ball around the course, I wrote.  It turns out that my own little writing retreat was just what I needed.  I started my little retreat in one of the quiet lobby areas, then I relocated to our room, where I wrote beside the fireplace and looked out at the mountains. 

The location was beautiful. The atmosphere was relaxing. And, I managed to outline what I hope will be a lovely little short story for my Morning Lake series.  

This is the first time I've really given myself a writing retreat.  I feel like I was able to focus and enjoy my new story.  Have you tried it? 

6 comments:

maeclair.net said...

I am so envious. It sounds like a wonderful experience and a great writer retreat. I'm going to have to convince my husband to take a golf vacation someplace inspiring so I can tag along and use the time to write, LOL!

Suzanne Stengl said...

I love writing retreats, and they are always best when there is a Starbucks nearby :)

patonlorraine said...

It was a spontaneous trip entirely resulting from my husband's golf invitation. Win-win all round. (Sure, honey, you can go play golf with your friends that day. I can amuse myself if I have to...)

I really encourage it for all writers. ;)

patonlorraine said...

Yes! The Starbucks was an unexpected and tasty treat. :)

Darlene said...

oh nice! beautiful country the Kananaskis :)

Diana Cranstoun said...

Looks like a perfect weekend!