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Inner Awakening Journaling and Meditation Retreat

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Friday, August 21, 2015 – Sunday, August 23, 2015
38950 SW Laurelwood Rd
Gaston, OR 97119 United States
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Price is all inclusive: program, accommodations and healthy, delicious vegetarian cuisine.

Wekend Retreat: $310
Saturday Only: $80

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Spend the weekend immersed in introspection in this uplifting yet deeply transformative retreat, while learning to combine profound journaling techniques with meditation to help you find healing, happiness, success or whatever it is that you’re seeking. This class is for everyone — experienced and new writers and meditators alike!

11295680_1595423157402519_197928678674004838_nIn this retreat, learn how journaling can help you:

  • Improve your health
  • Change and strengthen your brain
  • Improve your relationships
  • Find your own solutions
  • See life from a bigger picture perspective
  • Create the life you want by applying the law of attraction, “like attracts like,” with writing
  • …and so much more!

This fun and interactive, yet highly introspective retreat will include plenty of opportunities for you to practice what you’re learning.

Journaling exercises include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing your awareness11351284_1596091180669050_5687983812828491665_n
  • Developing clarity and insights
  • Identify what actions you’d like to take in your life
  • “Energy Journaling” (gratitude and forgiveness writing, and more)
  • Stream of consciousness writing
  • Using journaling techniques to cultivate detail, creativity and self-expression
  • “Question and answer” journaling
  • Intention setting
  • Developing an action plan

ALL of your questions about journaling will be answered.

Past retreat guests have come with these questions, and left satisfied and inspired by the answers:

  • Where do I start with journaling?
  • What do I do if I have writer’s bloc?11062147_1595426284068873_5538149341482950922_n
  • How do I develop a regular journaling and meditation practice?
  • What do I do if I’m nervous about writing down personal details?
  • How often should I journal?
  • What situations or emotions are most likely to be eased by journaling?
  • Is it better to write by hand or type?
  • How does journaling help heal?
  • Is it healthy to read what I’ve written later?
  • Is there such thing as too much journaling?
  • How much should I write about the past while also focusing on and being mindful of the present?
  • How does journaling relate to yoga?
  • What do I do if I can’t remember details about an event or experience that I want to process?
  • …and so much more!

Who takes this class?

Proving journaling and meditation benefit everyone, past program participants have included therapists, teachers, corporate professionals, medical professionals, high school and college students, trauma survivors, healers, professors, yogis, people who have never journaled or meditated, and people who have journaled or meditated all their life.

Melissa Grace Hoon, M.A.

Melissa Grace Hoon

Facilitator: Melissa Grace Hoon, M.A.

Journaling specialist Melissa Grace Hoon is a journalist and counselor for victims of trauma. An avid journaler since early childhood, she is known for her ability to inspire and empathize with others while creating a safe and joyful space to practice inner transformation. Melissa was inspired to develop her Inner Awakening Writing program several years ago when noticing the profound transformation and growth her clients experienced after she suggested they try therapeutic journaling. Since then, Melissa has taught her program at high schools, universities, counseling centers and spiritual retreats all over the West Coast, including for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Chapman University in Southern California, and WEAVE, Inc., a leading crisis intervention center in Sacramento. Her program has been featured in LA YOGA Magazine and New Connexion: Pacific Northwest’s Journal of Conscious Living. She is also a documentary filmmaker, currently working on a film about the power of journaling. Melissa lives in Orange County, California and works at Chapman University.

Visit Melissa’s Inner Awakening Writing Center website for more program information.






4:00 – 6:00      Room check-in, Harmony Hall Foyer
4:30 – 6:00      Energization, yoga and short meditation (optional)
6:00 – 7:00      Dinner
7:30 – 9:00      Introductions and intention journaling


6:30 – 8:00      Energization, yoga and meditation (optional)
8:00 – 8:30      Breakfast in silence
8:30 – 9:30      Free time
9:30 – 12:15     Class: Writing and the brain, and awareness journaling (break halfway through class)
12:15 – 12:45   Meditation (optional)
1:00 – 2:15       Class: Journaling techniques and exercises
2:30 – 3:30      Class: Combining journaling and meditation
3:30 – 4:30      Free time
4:30 – 6:00      Energization, yoga and short meditation (optional)
6:00 – 7:00      Dinner
7:30 – 9:00      Class: Energy journaling (gratitude and forgiveness writing, and more)


6:30 – 8:00      Energization, yoga and meditation (optional)
8:00 – 8:30      Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30      Free time/check-out
9:30 – 11:00     Intention-setting journaling
11:15 – 12:15     Action plan journaling
12:15 – 12:40    Meditation (optional)
12:45– 1:30       Lunch

Vegetarian Retreat Center

Your weekend will includes delicious vegetarian meals, the serene and natural surroundings of Laurelwood Valley, a boutique with unique gift items, and personal support and attention to insure your weekend is enriching and rejuvenating. Relax in our simple yet uplifting guest rooms. Each room includes a personal sink; bathrooms with showers are just down the hall.



Wekend Retreat: $310
Saturday Only: $80