May 1-5, 2018
Garden Valley, Idaho

Do you love to write? Or do you WANT to love to write? Is it time for you to get your story down on paper? (
You’ve lived quite an epic adventure.) And…do you love the mountains and gathering in an intimate circle of women to hear their stories, with the chance to tell some of yours that you’ve written throughout this experience?
I want to help you take your experiences and turn them into an epic story.
Life is too loud and too busy and too distracting to do the kind of writing that needs to happen when we are writing our stories.To be able to step away for this purpose will be an experience of a lifetime.

WHY I WANT TO DO THIS WITH YOU:  Well, who wouldn’t want to spend the week in a mountain lodge with YOU? I am so overjoyed at the possibility of being able to do this with you.

You see, I’m in the middle of writing my story right now. It’s been such a phenomenal experience.... difficult, healing, revealing and life altering. I want you to have this experience too.

If you’re reading this right now, there’s something that tugs at your heart. It might just be time for you to unearth your story, a story like none that has ever been written or lived. Your story needs to be heard, first by your own heart, and then it will be ready to share. You might even be considering publishing your story. Whatever you’re wanting to do with it, it is wanting to be told.

Getting away to write is something I love to do, and I would love to do it with you! I will guide you through every step of the way so that you’ll have the tools you need to dig deep and find your treasure.

 How does a week in the mountains sound with all of your needs taken care of sound so we can focus on our stories? It sounds like heaven to me...I’d sure love to spend a week doing this with you!

WHAT I WANT FOR YOU:  I want  you to know that what I want most is for you to write your story. I know that you know it’s time for you to get it all out on paper, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now.  I want to spend a week in the mountains with you, helping you pull your story out. I want to hear your story. I want you to know of the healing power that telling your story has, and the healing power your story has for others who hear it.

I want to help you understand how important your story is. This is your truth! I want you to remember and honor all of the remarkable things you’ve lived through, learned, built and overcome. I want you to feel motivated to unearth it and document it.  I want you to  be able to pull it all out, make sense of it and write it down. I will feel honored to help you along the way.
How we will make it happen:  We will gather in a beautiful lodge in the snow covered mountains of Garden Valley, Idaho. We will write and discuss exercises together that will help us to mine the gold out of our stories and string the perfect words together to make them shine and resonate in a soul-deep way. 

We will have morning writing workshops followed by lots of writing time and assignments. We will go on a few snowy outings to beautiful secret places in the Brave Bus to fill our inspiration tanks and we will come back and read our stories to each other by candle light while snuggled up in cozy blankets. We will spend the evenings in discussion and short and fun writing exercises. We will bond. We will connect. We will celebrate each other and ourselves. We will have pages and pages of valuable words written by the end of the week that we get to keep forever. Our stories won’t die with us.  

Kathy will cook us delicious and soul-nourishing meals  and snacks to keeps us fueled so we can focus on our stories. 

This will be the official launch of my new workbook and card deck called Soul Truth - Write Your Story! YAY!!!  So… the whole week will be outlined in our workbook and we will be using lots of amazing and fun tools. 
How I want to serve you:

In 1997 I wrote my first book, and it was about helping people to write their stories. I have written several books on this topic since then because it has been a passion of mine from the time I was a small girl. I love hearing life stories and I love helping human beings unearth their stories to see how remarkable they are. I am passionate about helping others get their stories into a form where they can be shared and even used to help and heal others. Yes, your story is that remarkable.

Over the last 10 years of hosting women’s retreats, I have gained even more valuable skills to aid in story treasure hunting. I have all sorts of wonderful tricks up my sleeve to pull out the best of life in everyone. It is something I love to do and something I’ve practiced for so long that I’ve become an expert at it.

I also love the art of storytelling, and I want to help you take your experiences and turn them into an epic story. 

What’s wonderful about all of this is that I’m deep into writing my own story right I will be doing this alongside you. We can create an intimate little community to support and help each other.
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Who am I anyway and why would you want to do this with me?

Well, hi! I’m Melody Ross. I am the co-founder of Brave Living and Brave Girls Club. Before that, I had a company called Chatterbox that was all about documenting your life’s memories. I have written more than 20 books over my writing career and I’ve actually made a whole career out of sharing my life stories to help others to share theirs. I’ve used my life experiences and stories to write more than 50 online courses on just about every subject in life. I’ve done a lot of living and I love to help others. I teach at retreats, conferences and classrooms. 

I’ve been told that I’m lots of fun, too. AND, like I said, I want to hear your story. I would LOVE to help you write your story, and I know how to do it in a way that’s easy, meaningful and fun. 
Did you know that if you are a writer in any way in your career, that you can write this retreat off as a business expense? 
Some cool things to consider:

Did you know that the people who love you will want to know the depths of your beautiful story, even if you never publish it? There are things for you to teach, to share and to unlock. There are parts of your story that will be the puzzle piece missing in someone else’s story. When you take time to write out your experiences and your wisdom, it is a tremendous act of love.

Did you know that unearthing your stories is incredibly healing? There are parts of ourselves that are hidden, covered and forgotten. We honor ourselves when we pull them out and document them. Honoring beautiful things is healing for everyone.

So…are you ready?? I hope you’ll come and join us! It really is going to be an incredible experience!


What is provided:
5 days of teaching, discussion and writing taught personally by Melody Ross 
The Soul Truth curriculum and materials
A few outdoor outings
A cozy bed to sleep in
Transportation to and from the lodge in Garden Valley Idaho originating in Eagle, Idaho

What you need to bring:

Your favorite pen (we will give you our favorite pen too!)
Your favorite paper to write on (we will be giving you a journal with our favorite writing paper inside too!)
Your laptop if you prefer to type your words
Winter clothes and boots for outdoor walks (snow in February, rain in May)
Cozy indoor clothes and anything else that makes you feel comfortable and cozy
Your favorite towels for showering
Your favorite showering toiletries 
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What airport do I fly into?
Boise, Idaho (BOI)

What time should I book my flights? 
You can arrive anytime before Tuesday, May 1, at about 11 a.m....the Brave Bus will pick up at the Boise Airport at 11:30 a.m. and proceed on to pick up at the Hilton Garden Inn at 145 E Riverside Drive, Eagle, ID, at 12:00 (noon). You will need to meet the Brave Bus at either location. 

Your departing flight can be anytime after about 1:00 p.m. on the following Saturday,  May 5. The Brave Bus will return you to either the Hilton (approx 11 a.m.) or the Boise Airport (approx 11:30 a.m.).

Where will I sleep?
The Lodge has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms; each bedroom has a different number and configuration of beds. 7 of the beds are queens and will be shared by two women. There are also several twin beds available (some are upper bunks). To be guaranteed a twin of your own, register early! First come, first served. Shared beds will be by assignment unless friends come together and make special requests. Sorry, no private rooms are available. We do provide ear plugs and do all we can to make sure everyone is cozy and comfortable. :) 

Where should I stay if I need lodging before and after the Retreat? 
We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn at 145 Riverside Drive Eagle, Idaho, 208-938-9600, but you'll want to book asap as they do fill up. That is where the Brave Bus will pick everyone up at noon on Tuesday, May 1, and return you about 11 am on Saturday, May 5,  but there are countless other lodging options in the area. Remember that transportation is on your own before and after that Brave Bus picks you up, so if you stay at another location, you will need to arrange for a taxi to take you to either the Airport or the Hilton at pickup time. 

What kind of weather should I expect? 
For the May retreat, according to weather forecasts (as of April 18) the weather is going to be gorgeous, warm spring weather! 

What should I bring with me? 
See list above...and remember that this is a REMOTE location. Be sure to bring everything with you that you might need for the week, including medications. 

What about computers and phones? 
We will be 100% unplugged at this writing retreat. We ask that you leave your laptops and iPads and such at home and turn OFF cell phones for the duration of camp (except a laptop or tablet for writing if that's what you prefer). This is a very important part of what makes this time so special. Don’t worry — your loved ones will have an emergency contact number so that you can be reached if needed. You deserve this to be the best experience possible and unplugging is a critical part of that. (When was the last time you were in a room with a group of people where no one was texting or checking their messages?) You’ll be able to really focus on yourself and your story and making connections with your fellow writers. Trust us – it’ll be okay.

Feel free to use your smart-phone camera for taking photographs. 

Can you work around food allergies? 
We can definitely feed you if you have food allergies or intolerances! If you need a special menu, just let us know and we’ll make sure that your meals are delicious and awesome so that you can have a stellar experience just like anyone else. 

What happens after I register?
Kathy will be contacting you personally to answer any questions and to finalize your sleeping arrangements and so on. She will also provide you with emergency contact information for you to give to your peeps for while you are away.

Should I be worried about motion sickness on the drive up and back? There are stretches of road that are quite twisty. If you are prone to motion sickness, you will definitely want to take Dramamine or whatever precautions or medications you generally take to prevent motion sickness.

Is this retreat for women only? Yes  (Note: As this is not a couple's retreat, it would not be appropriate for two women in a primary love relationship to attend this retreat together.)

What ages are appropriate for this Retreat? 18 to 108  And we honestly forget about age and all those other labels once we get going.

Do I have to be a professional writer? If your desire is to write, whether you are a seasoned, published author or a new beginner, this workshop is for you.

Should I be nervous to come by myself? We often have people come to our retreats who are attending alone for the first time. You will not be sorry if you come alone! And since this is specifically a writing retreat, it won't be the best place for a friends' reunion, for instance.

Here's our promise: We will do our best to make this an experience of a lifetime for you. You'll have your part to do, of course...we'll ask that you fully engage in the lessons, the assignments, and the activities...and we'll do our part as well. Will it be easy? Of course not...nothing of value is ever easy. But it can absolutely be a turning point in your life, a mile-stone, a cherished experience with countless warm memories, lessons learned, and skills honed. If this all sounds like a dream come true to you, we hope you'll come be with us!