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The Garden of Writing Retreat

at Tucson Botanical Gardens


at Tohono Chul Park



This special outdoor gathering blends journaling, generative writing, meditative exercises and quiet time with circles of meaningful discussion. At the heart of the day is connection. We write and observe, share our writing aloud, and go home feeling like we've indulged in a sweet vacation. Includes coffee, tea and light refreshments. Please bring a notebook and pen, plus a picnic lunch to enjoy with the group. No laptops please. 

Event Details


The day will be about... relaxing outside with our writing and new friends. We'll experiment with exercises in personal, self-reflective and creative writing. There will be periods for reading our writing aloud and also for discussing our thoughts and insights about writing, creativity, nature and whatever else comes up for us when we're in the garden. 


Lunch and refreshments. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be available throughout the day. You will want to bring a sack lunch to enjoy picnic-style in the garden.


Weather. Because temperatures vary, we may work in the garden for part of the time, and inside the park or garden classroom for part of the time. 

Questions?  Contact me.

What Writers Say about The Garden of Writing Retreat 

(Events held in a private garden in Northwest Tucson in 2018 and 2019)


This is my second experience with Traci in the garden retreat setting, and as before, I walked away with a refreshed approach to my creative thinking and a deeper sense of introspection that serves me well in every aspect of my life.



The day was all I hoped it would be thanks to [your] preparation, patience and laid-back hospitality... I appreciated your honesty in your writing and sharing yourself right along with us -- not setting yourself apart as our "teacher." That takes

confidence and humility. Thank you.



I enjoyed meeting the other ladies and sharing experiences through our writing. It was a glorious day. Thanks for the care and thought you put into every aspect of the day... I identified what needs to be nurtured in my garden!



Traci's Garden of Writing retreat was thoughtfully put together. Every detail was crafted to perfection. A labor of love, one might say! I enjoyed the writing activities, and loved the moments of deep connection with the other women. I left feeling recharged, renewed and inspired. A day to be cherished!


Traci, thank you for an inspiring and enriching day in the cozy comfort of your living room and then out in your beautiful southwest garden. I loved the entire day and connecting with [everyone]. I came home and told my husband

that the seven of us women truly 'felt the day'.


It was so wonderful to give myself permission to rest, reflect, write and spend time with such a great group of women. I appreciated all the little details of the day that were so important to allow us to take a pause and reflect... What a gorgeous day it was!



The Garden of Writing was a thoughtful and peaceful retreat. During the walking meditation, as I slowly and silently moved through Traci’s yard, I noticed beautiful plants and trees and lovely objects of nature.  An hour of quiet time to myself gave me a chance to read, reflect and write.  I wondered, “Was time passing differently that day?” At the end of the afternoon, after our group had written and shared our ponderings, I realized with Traci’s guidance, that the day had given us thoughtful opportunities for quiet relaxation, to savor the present moment.  Traci gave us several invitations throughout the day to express ourselves through writing and spoken words (there were a few laughs among us too!) At the end of the afternoon, I felt satisfied and grateful.


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