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Fri, Sep 13


Kentland Retreat Center

Creative Book Retreat

Join us for a weekend of books, creativity, and connection!

Creative Book Retreat
Creative Book Retreat

Time & Location

Sep 13, 2024, 4:30 PM EDT – Sep 15, 2024, 5:30 PM EDT

Kentland Retreat Center, 1024 E Winding Hill Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, USA


About the event

Have you ever wished you could relive the fun of childhood book fairs?

This is your chance!

A weekend of books and creativity featuring author talks, hands-on arts and crafts workshops, catered meals, campfires, and more!

September 13-15, 2024 at Kentland Retreat Center in Mechanicsburg, PA

Cost includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks, all listed activities and supplies, a gift bag of items from local businesses, and a weekend long scavenger hunt with prizes. (Value of over $500.)

*Optional overnight accommodations are available on a first come, first serve basis, at no extra charge. These are shared dorm-style acommodations. There are two full bathrooms with showers. Overnight space is not guaranteed and is very limited so register early.

This retreat is adult-only. 

Here is the weekend itinerary: (*This is subject to change but participants are guaranteed that in the unlikely event of a schedule change, substitute activities of equal or greater value will be put in place. )

Heart and Soul Books will be set up as a book seller all weekend.

Presenting authors and artisits will have their artwork and books set up for sale well.  

Friday 4:30-5:30 check-in and receive gift bags 

5:30-6:30 BBQ dinner 

6:30-8:30 painting class with Jessica Pietro/Vellichor and More 

8:30 campfire, snacks, and author talk with author Ashley Cecilia Meyer  

Saturday 9-10 check-in and breakfast 

10-12 watercolor class with Hannah Smolensky/Owlfeathers Watercolor 

12-1 lunch and book talk with author Leta Hawk 

1-2 and 2-3 wood burning class with Renee Foskett Wilson/It's David and Renee (group will be divided into two classes) 

3-5 intentional reading spaces talk and idea board workshop with interior designer with Rachel Andreoli/Interior Intuition  

5-6 dinner 

6-8 True Crime talk with Corine Wherley/The Curious Chronicler 

8 campfire, snacks, and "Writing Your Truth: Fictionalizing your life story as a mode for healing." with author and publisher Abigail Wild/Wild Ink Publishing

Sunday 9-10 check-in and breakfast 

10-11 macrame class with Lyndsey Parry/Why Knot 

11-12 collage art with Demetra Luciano-Eve

12-2 lunch and Kilmore's MAGIC character development presentation with author Riley Kilmore

2-3 "We Wear the Mask: a Therapeutic Poetry Workshop" with poet Maria James-Thiaw

3-5 cookie decorating with Eve Baum/Beehive Cookie Co.

5:00- 5:30 scavenger hunt prizes awarded/end of retreat


  • Early Bird

    +$7.48 service fee
    Sale ended
  • Regular

    Sale ends: Jul 31, 11:50 PM EDT
    +$8.23 service fee
  • Last Call

    +$8.98 service fee
    Goes on sale: Aug 01, 12:00 AM EDT



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