Brave Magic

An Invitation to Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage


Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed

October 13-15, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$450 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Spend a one-of-a-kind weekend with Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed exploring the pathways to expressing yourself and your story in the world.

Dig deep with these two beloved authors and adventure-seekers and get real about mining your curiosity, supporting your creativity, and embracing your challenges with courage and bravery.

Through interviews with Liz and Cheryl, experiential workshop sessions, and opportunities for reflection, we will discover together just how our attitudes, habits, and determination—along with healthy doses of magical thinking—make it possible to keep the faith on our journey and show up fully for what arises.

Dive in and explore:

  • Amping up your curiosity so you can turn it into creative action
  • Taking a no-excuses approach to prioritizing your own creative fulfillment
  • Having fun even as you delve into your deepest, darkest—and most interesting—inner landscapes to reveal what’s in your heart
  • How to shake off fear, get unstuck, and start making stuff.

Experience unparalleled encouragement to pursue your passions and bring the love that lives within you out into the world. With warm sincerity, infectious enthusiasm, and inspiring anecdotes, Liz and Cheryl will share the foundation of their creative lives to help inspire yours.

Faculty Bio

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat, Pray, Love has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The book catapulted its author from a respected but little-recognized writer to a woman Oprah Winfrey has called a “rock star author.”

Fearless reporting skills and appreciation for working-class values color Elizabeth’s writing, while a persistent longing to understand the world and her place in it has made her not merely a writer but an explorer. Her writing has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine. She was a stalwart at GQ, producing pieces that grew into books, as well as the film Coyote Ugly.

Elizabeth’s work has received many accolades and esteemed awards throughout her career, beginning with her first book, Pilgrims, a New York Times Most Notable Book and recipient of the Ploughshares prize, among many other honors.

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the widely acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the New York Times best sellers Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar and Brave Enough, as well as the novel Torch.

Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and adapted into an Academy Award-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi.

Cheryl’s books have been translated into 40 languages, and her essays have been featured in numerous publications, including The Best American Essays, New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, and Tin House. She is cohost, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular “Dear Sugar” advice column on

Why Attend

  • Overcome fears that keep you stuck and begin to create the expansive, purposeful, daring life you dream of.

  • Pinpoint what you really care about and discover how to get started with the creative pursuits that most light you up.

  • Awaken to the profound importance of your unique voice, value, and contributions to the world.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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