It was an overwhelmingly positive experience. I can say with some certainty that I came back with the best play I’ve ever written.
It was, as so many people say, a transformative experience. I literally broke through a writers block that had lasted five years at that point.
The Silent Retreat I did with Erik was, no exaggeration, a life changing experience. I have never before (or since!) sat in such deep communion with my writing.
It really was/remains the highlight of my professional playwriting career.
The Silent Retreat was a magical, productive week for me.
I wrote differently and more deeply thanks to the quiet and the structure.
I was at the 2015 retreat in Texas, and wrote a play there. In ten days. Minor miracle. I took the advice and arrived with nothing. No ideas, no previous drafts, no beginning of something. The play came out pretty much whole. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have written it in the way that I did.
I’m sure I’m not the only person to say the silent retreat with Erik Ehn changed my life, artistically.
Erik’s curriculum is brilliant bordering on a national treasure for living, committed writers.
My time there on the farm with the Silent Playwrights was magical. To unplug like that, in a location like that and feel supported and taken care of. . . what a blessing.
I ended up with an entire play in less than three days. I’m still pretty amazed by and giddy about that.
The week for me was bliss.
I’m moving forward with the play I wrote on the retreat, working with a composer who will treat the words like a libretto and write a full score (to be sung by a choir). The retreat was revelatory for me, and I’ve never before (or since) had such a radical opportunity, to focus only on my writing.
The retreats are an eventful and electric contact with the deepest parts of your writing brain.