Spring 2021
Mavens’ Haven, Lucile, ID
With Renée Silvus and Darcy Williamson
$395 private
$295 shared

Receive an entire weekend of support for your writing project at beautiful Mavens’ Haven on the Salmon River.

  • Immerse yourself in a weekend dedicated to your muse.
  • Jump start or make progress on your book, article, blog, or channel of inspiration.
  • Ask for fresh perspectives and receive help on specific challenges.
  • Be inspired by other writers scribbling and tapping nearby.
  • Let someone else do the cooking, stoke the fire, and make the coffee while you write.
  • Turn off your phone and be completely present.

Be supported this weekend with optional sessions of yoga asana, meditation, and sauna. Use the spring warmth of Mavens’ Haven and Lucile to walk and find inspiration. Receive healthy homemade meals, time to reflect, and best of all, quiet time to write—at a table, on the deck, in a sheep wagon, on the couch, beside a fire….

We’ll open Friday at noon with introductions, agreements, and lunch. After lunch we’ll hear your pitch and requests for support, followed by dedicated time just to write.

Renée and Darcy will be available throughout the weekend for focused one-on-one feedback, discussion, and editing.

Early Bird Bonus

Register by February 29 and receive an extra night at Maven’s Haven. Imagine sinking into an extra day, writing those additional pages, and more deeply habituating your commitment to writing.

The retreat will conclude Monday lunch with add-on options to remain for personal writing time and/or receive further support. Leave with a plan, structures, and accountability from the cohort.
See full working itinerary below.

Guests are encouraged to arrive Thursday evening for no extra charge. Otherwise please arrive Friday by 11:30 am Mountain Standard Time.

Retreat fee includes accommodation and all meals Friday lunch through Monday lunch. View accommodations here. The weekend will be nourished by homemade meals using the stored bounty of the Haven and 7U Ranch in Lucile.

Add-on additional nights: $60/night private, $30 shared.

To register, copy/paste the following and send to renee@reneesilvus.com.

Writing Retreat Registration Form
Accommodation first choice:
Second choice:
Date range you wish to reserve your bed:
Dietary requests and restrictions:
Questions and general requests:

To hold your accommodation, please send a $50 deposit to:

Renee Silvus, PO Box 2115, McCall, 83638
here to transfer on Venmo
here to pay on Square

Or drop at Renée’s office at Community Hub McCall, 114 N.Third Street, McCall, ID.


Working Itinerary


9:00-10:00 Breakfast makings available
12:00 Open retreat: introductions, orientation, agreements, housekeeping
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Sharing: writing project pitches and requests
4:00 Walking and movement break~ get to know the Haven and Lucile
5:30 Yoga asana and meditation
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Discussion, troubleshooting, or workshop
8:30 Guided meditation and shavasana
9:00 Quiet time


7:00 Waking bell, warm lemon water in kitchen
7:30 Yoga Asana and meditation
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Writing Time
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Writing Time
5:30 Yoga asana and meditation
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Discussion, troubleshooting, or workshop
8:30 Sauna hot


7:00 Waking bell, warm lemon water in kitchen
7:30 Yoga Asana and meditation
8:30 Breakfast
10:00 Closing topics: requests, support structures and accountability
11:00 Writing and walking time
1:00 Lunch and closing


Renée Silvus brings a blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and coach. She offers courses, retreats, community-building events and celebrations with Luminaire. Her facilitator training is with Authentic World San Francisco and the Integral Center Boulder.  Currently she is working on a writing and community presentation project based on Henry David Thoreau. 2021 brings her eighth year of offering retreats at the Haven.


Darcy Williamson is a published author of numerous cookbooks, histories, herbals, fiction, and more. Head Maven at the Haven, we are fortunate to have her nourishing arts and creativity in the kitchen this weekend.