Writing from the Heart: Finding Your Authentic Voice **CANCELLED**

Yosemite 3-day Yoga and Reflective Writing Retreat

with Nancy Aronie & Heather Sullivan
Writing from the Heart: Finding Your Authentic Voice **CANCELLED**
Date: June 05, 2020 - June 07, 2020
Location: Yosemite National Park
Early Bird Price: $545 by March 7, 2020
Regular Price: $595
Type of Program:


*NOTICE: Due to the current global health climate, Balanced Rock has cancelled this retreat to protect our valued members of the community, both near and far. Registered participants will receive all of the information about this cancellation via email from Balanced Rock. Stay tuned to Balanced Rock’s social media channels for announcements on the future rescheduling of this retreat.

Nationally-acclaimed writer Nancy Aronie, and Heather Sullivan, local guide and Co-Founder of Balanced Rock, will facilitate the weekend by starting each day with nurturing yoga and meditation practices, sharing local Yosemite knowledge and stories on short day hikes and hosting our group amidst the inspiring Yosemite landscape which will hold our circle of writers.

Nancy Aronie joined us 20 years ago on the very first iteration of a Balanced Rock course. We are delighted to have her back with us after so much evolution. Let’s celebrate 20 years of community through a journey of writing, yoga & being in Yosemite.

Nancy’s unique curriculum of Writing from the Heart encourages finding your powerful one-of-a-kind golden voice filled with self-esteem, honor and joy. Be held in supportive community, the magic of Yosemite and daily yoga practices.   

No prior writing or yoga experience necessary. Tuition assistance is available.


  • Creative writing inspiration and guidance
  • An opportunity to connect with nature and find your muse
  • Optional morning yoga classes
  • Optional guided naturalist hikes
  • Fresh meals include local and organic ingredients

Itinerary & Packing List

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For access to the Packing List for Campground-Based Retreats click here!

*feel free to download this document and print to use as a packing checklist.

What’s Included?

Professional instruction and guiding, campground and permit fees, first-aid supplies, and group gear for camping. Balanced Rock provides delicious and high-quality meals, so you can relax and be nourished.

What’s Not Included

Transportation to and from your hometown, park entrance fees and personal items.

Cancellation Policy available here

Meet Your Guides

Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart. She has been a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, was a visiting writer at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, wrote a monthly column in McCall’s magazine, and was the recipient of the Eye of The Beholder Artist in Residence award at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Nancy won teacher of the year award for all three years she taught at Harvard University for Robert Coles.​

Heather Sullivan, RYT 500. Yosemite’s steep granite walls, seasonal changing river song and community of animals and humans have shaped Heather’s being, world-view, and are fundamental blocks of her yoga and teaching practice. Her adventurous spirit and classes inspire inward and outward exploration. She’s Co-Founder, Managing Director, and lead Wilderness Guide for Balanced Rock.