Retreats, Salons and Workshops

Write Into the Dark: A 9 week online Gateless writing salon


October 24- December 19

6:00-8:30 pm PST

Give yourself the gift of creative magic one evening a week, and watch your life transform from the inside out. This salon will hold shepherd you as we transition from Fall to Winter, into the heart of the darkest time of the year. Unbury your heart. Fly free on an open page. Unstick what’s stuck. Say what you mean. Find your voice. Make love with words. Finish your book. Start your book. Nurture yourself. Write. There will be no critique in this creative space. Purely positive feedback on your writing will unleash a creative wind like never before. Your inner child can relax, your creative muse can exhale- you will be handled with care.

In this 9 week creative gestation, your writing will get brighter, your inner critic will get quieter and you will walk away pulsing with the beat of creative community and your own heart’s song. Utilizing the brilliance of Gateless Writing, a method based in the neuroscience of creativity, we will create an unequivocally safe writing space that will literally unlock your creative brilliance. You will only hear about what is strong in your writing which will stoke the fire of your unique genius in powerful ways.

Each week for 9 weeks you will gather with 10 other humans to dedicate 2.5 hours to the wonder and power of words, voice and witness. Each session will begin with a guided meditation that will lead us into 45 minutes of uninterrupted writing. The second portion of our time will be a time for reading out loud and feedback- which is a profound experience of being truly held, received and reflected in your voice. THIS is where the magic happens. THIS is what you cannot achieve alone. It takes courage to read. It takes care to listen. We will be honing both of these capacities in ourselves, as we are fed by each others words and voices. Magic happens on the page. Alchemy occurs in the feedback process.

Let’s create ourselves by the week, just in time for the Winter Solstice. The seeds we plant into that darkness is what will grow in the sun of summer. Lets make it gorgeous.

Only 10 spots available

Week 3 will be taught by a special guest, Gateless teacher Nina Hart, a magical writing wizard, published author and creativity coach.

Note: Each week writers are to create original and new material, rather than working on or editing existing works. (Of course, adding to existing works is entirely welcome). And writers are never allowed to offer critical feedback to each other. Ever. No suggestions, questions, critiques, analysis. The absence of these things is precisely why writing soars in these spaces. If you are addicted to criticism and insist upon its use, this is not your place.

Sarah Byrden is a master facilitator with over 17 years of teaching experience, a wildly passionate writer and a certified teacher of the Gateless Writing Method. She is noted for her grounded presence, powerful wordsmithing, insight and soulfulness. She will help you name your unnamed, speak your unspoken, claim your unclaimed, and embrace your voice so that you can remember why you are here and what you have to give this world.



Single Payment of $357 or Three Payments of $132 (first payment due upon registration)


Payment is non-refundable once submitted, regardless of attendance or participation.

This program is now full.  Please click HERE if you’d like to be informed of the next program.