The Writing Well Retreat for Researchers, an immersive 7-day experience rooted in the belief that self-awareness, a nurturing community, and intentional rest are vital for thriving careers in academia. Our transformative program is thoughtfully designed to empower researchers like you to overcome career-related stress and anxiety, reignite your passion for impactful work, and enhance your writing practice. Join us on this journey of self-discovery, restoration, and rejuvenation, as we help you pave the way to a more fulfilling and productive academic life.
"This space was especially curated for rest, restoration, and writing."
Ijeoma Opara, PhD
Associate Professor, Yale University
"I was burnt out, tired, anxious...unhappy. I was not at my best...[but] this retreat was EVERYTHING. Thank you for this gift including giving us the space to write, brainstorm, plan, and rest (also the massages and gourmet meals). I had a successful NIH presentation, developed an action plan for three projects, and submitted an R&R!"
Juan Rios, DSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University
"This has been phenomenal... amazing! The way we were able to engage as intellectuals as well as...gaining more insight regarding what we truly need to take our careers to the next level. And the rejuvenation piece is just so fantastic... it... cultivates our brains and minds to be in a space for our creative juices to start flowing... We really don't have spaces like this... It's been absolutely transformative."
Ashley Stewart, PhD
Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
"Burnout is so real... I was exhausted, overwhelmed, and depressed...[but] This space was especially curated for rest, restoration, and writing. I did all those things and received ... peer mentorship [and] resource-sharing... This experience was invaluable. I checked off one of my writing goals and drafted/submitted my first... grant proposal...I'm so excited for all 2022 will bring now that my mind is clear. "
Immerse yourself in a life-changing journey, designed to elevate your academic career and enhance your overall well-being.
Benefit from one-on-one coaching sessions with experienced mentors, tailored to your unique needs and goals.
Engage in interactive workshops to improve your opportunities for success in research, writing, and beyond.
Explore our comprehensive resource library offering valuable insights, tools, and opportunities to propel your work forward.
Over 30 hours of protected writing time! Enjoy dedicated writing sessions free from distractions, allowing you to make significant progress on your research projects.
Form meaningful connections with like-minded researchers, participating in supportive writing circles that foster feedback and camaraderie.
Connect with a diverse community of researchers, expanding your professional network and creating potential collaborations.
Rejuvenate your mind and body with daily mindfulness meditations, yoga sessions, and fitness activities, ensuring a balanced and fulfilling retreat experience.
Finally you can make progress on that manuscript that has been "in progress" for the last few months and that grant that always gets pushed to next month's to-do list. The retreat empowers you to break free from the stagnation and disappointment of unmet goals, providing the conditions and motivation needed to make substantial progress on your writing projects.
You will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned academics in workshops and personalized coaching meetings to help you discover the "hidden curriculum" of academia. The things most academics spend years of their career learning about writing strategies, productivity, work-life balance, and personal branding, you will learn in just a few days during the retreat.
At the Writing Well Retreat, you are relieved of everything that is depleting you and refilled through activities that are intentionally designed to help you embrace the changes needed for you to do your best work and be the best version of yourself. This is an opportunity to escape the daily pressures and immerse yourself in a rejuvinating environment to help you overcome career related stress and anxiety.
Supportive Community & New Connections
Given the structure of the Writing Well Retreat, you will have ample time to work in supportive community on your writing projects and are likely to complete a few. You start with goals but leave with accomplishments. Moreover, while experiencing the strength of a supportive community of like-minded researchers, you can form connections that go beyond the retreat to offer you continuous encouragement, accountability, and collaboration in your academic journey.
This retreat is designed to be a catalyst for transformation of your career and life. You will leave the retreat with mindset shifts that reverberate positive change in your daily wellness habits and long-term planning for professional success. We are invested in seeing you level up your life and step into your greatness.
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As an international behavioral research scientist, Dr. Abrams conducts international research in collaboration with community-based and health service organizations and she is fiercely dedicated to sexual health promotion among women of African ancestry - with a focus on sexual and maternal health. She has secured numerous federal funding awards to support her work, including funding from NIMH, NIMHD, NHLBI, and Fogarty International Center.
Dr. Abrams has also founded 4 companies, including the Thrive Institute for Professional Development. The mission of the Thrive Institute is to offer transformative training and professional development experiences to advance productivity and well-being among researchers at research intensive institutions. In her downtime, Dr. Abrams enjoys yoga, dancing salsa, painting, and loving on her family.
Gretchen initially began her career as an Executive Assistant. Her journey in the corporate world provided her with a unique perspective on organizational dynamics, an acute attention to detail, and the skills required to manage complex projects with precision. However, it was her passion for travel and her deep-seated love for connecting with people that eventually led her to chart a new course in her career. Recognizing the potential to merge her professional expertise with her personal passions, she made a bold move to establish her own consulting business. As the Founder and CEO of Upper Echelon Consulting Group, Gretchen has seamlessly transitioned her background in executive support and project management into the realm of retreat production and coordination. In addition to being a minority business owner, Gretchen is also tremendously grounded in her faith and a true advocate for the transformative power of retreats.
Dr. Bowleg, a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science health research, is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the George Washington University (GW), and a Co-Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). She is also the Founder and President of the Intersectionality Training Institute (www.intersectionalitytraining.org).
Informed by intersectionality and critical race theory, her mixed methods research projects examine the effects of social-structural stressors (e.g., unemployment, incarceration, police brutality), intersectional stigma, and protective factors on the health of Black men at diverse intersections of socioeconomic status and sexuality. She has served as a principal investigator (PI) or joint PI of seven National Institutes of Health-funded projects and the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded, Intersectionality Toolkit Project. She is an associate editor at the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH)and the editor of AJPH’s Perspectives from the Social Sciences section. In May 2021, GW awarded her its Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research). In February 2022, Health, Education and Behavior, the journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE),awarded her the 2021 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award in honor of her article, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”: Ten Critical Lessons for Black and Other Health Equity Researchers of Color.”
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