Recipe For A Perfect Reading Retreat



1 gorgeous drive without any traffic

2 good friends

a mix of delicious food items for lunch and snacks

4+ books to read all afternoon

1 fabulous get-away with killer views Mix all ingredients well, allow to simmer for 4 – 6 hours in silence for a perfect blend of relaxation and bliss!

This is the house where Lynn and I hold our reading retreats. We talk the entire two hour drive, and when we arrive we have our picnic lunch (thanks to my husband Bob for the delicious smoked salmon and to Lynn’s husband Ken for the bagels), but after that, it’s silence and time for reading and writing in our journals. Although silence probably isn’t the best word to describe our recent afternoon since there was much weed-whacking and mowing going on around us. No matter, we were so relaxed, so into our reading that we (hardly) noticed it. We did notice our visitors – a hummingbird, scrub jay, butterflies, and a circling red-tail hawk or two.

This was our view for most of the afternoon – we sat on the porch on the Adirondack chairs, our tea mugs on the table by our stack of books. I mostly read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (really loving it so far) and a little from A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield (also loving this book)! The day went by too quickly, and yet, it was the perfect amount of time. Lynn and I stopped by Diavola’s for dinner and then drove home, feeling relaxed and peaceful.

If you hold a reading retreat, I’d love to hear about it.

PS – There’s still time to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles! Click here!

4 responses »

  1. I’m loving the idea of a reading retreat. That looks like a lovely spot, and such a fun way to get some reading, nature, and bonding time in.

  2. Wow! What a totally cool idea! A reading retreat…..I just may have to think up a way to do that…..when?where?…..hmmmmmm…….my mind is racing…..wish me luck on coming up with the answers!

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