Sonoma County Journaling Retreat at Bishop's Ranch

with Politics & Prose and Author Phyllis Theroux

September 10 through September 15

Join Politics & Prose and author Phyllis Theroux as she takes her popular workshop, "How to Keep a Journal You Won't Throw Out" on the road. For five luxurious days at the Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County, California, participants will have time to read, reflect, and let their thoughts take shape. Sink into a chair and read a book uninterrupted, eat delicious meals, go for contemplative walks, rest, and gather each evening for a glass of wine with other travellers before supper. And of course, there is plenty of time for journaling.


In daily morning sessions, Theroux will share selections from some of the famous diarists who have inspired her and offer simple exercises to focus attention, including listening to music and exploring various ways to hear your own thoughts more clearly. Participants will be invited (but not required) to share their journal entries with the group.

This seminar is designed for anyone who sees the value of keeping a record of his or her life and wants to learn how to do it better. It is not meant exclusively for writers who aspire to publish.

Participants of all backgrounds and skill levels will be surprised by the power of their own words, by the way they strengthen, enlighten and nourish. Rule Number 1: Keep a journal for the same reason you keep a friend -- because life is better when you do.

The Bishop’s Ranch is 75 miles north of San Francisco. For people flying into SFO, there is an airport shuttle bus that will take you as far as Santa Rosa, and from there it is a short taxi trip to the Bishop’s Ranch. Rental cars may be reserved at the airport in anyone prefers to drive.

There is no required reading, but one title is strongly recommended: Christian McEwan’s World Enough & Time: On Creavitity and Slowing Down. Participants will be discussing parts of it with Phyllis each day.  For more information, and to register for this trip, follow this link:


Phyllis Theroux is a writer, essayist and teacher, and the author of numerous books, including The Journal Keeper, a memoir. She lives in Ashland, Virginia where she has a cottage that is sometimes used by other writers who need time to dive more deeply into their work.