The Shamanic Retreat

The singular magic of the Shamanic Journey and the bliss of Gateless Writing find confluence in this once-in-a-lifetime retreat

March 15-18 | Joshua Tree, California

In the land of surface dwellers, this  retreat is for the deep diver, the writer who wants to play in the haven of the sacred and write from the bliss of the unconditioned mind.

We meet in the heart of Joshua Tree, where billion year old rocks hold the power to ground and restore the nervous system, and you can swim in the rich rooms of the creative self.

This retreat is held at the home of Mariska and Kelly, two fantastic Gateless alumni, who found their home in JTree after the Shamanic Gateless Retreat.  A wall of glass opens up to a cathedral of sunsets, and wildlife, including over 250 different bird species, a sea of spectacular wildflowers, kit foxes and black tailed jack rabbits. And our very own labyrinth.  

They live steps from the entrance to Joshua Tree State Park, where we will spend time at our beloved Heart Rock, finding solace in the astounding beauty of this landscape. 

Designed to crack open convention and discover your limitless creative inside, this is your sanctuary, a tonic to intensify that which is astounding and undiscovered within.

During curated embodiment practices and channeled led sessions from the shamanic tradition,  you will enter the theta/beta brainwave state so that the inner critic (what Gateless calls the “guard at the door”) is seen through as a mirage, you will find yourself writing from a place of rich profundity and systemic integration. 

This follows you into your life, after retreat, where you suddenly find yourself creating the life of creative agency and relational ecstasy you have long been envisioning. 

You will experience:

Gateless Writing Salons, a creative, literary massage merging ancient Zen, creative neuroscience and radical nurturing to draw out your innate talent and inner creative genius.

Organic gourmet plant-based cuisine prepared by an in-house chef.

Daily Thai head massage and hands-on Reiki to relax muscular and fascial tension + natural spa treatments that harness the medicinal properties of fresh aloe, papaya and coffee to reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and shed dead skin cells.

Sound healing + Breathwork to release past conditioning and previous programming, detox the cellular body, and re-wild the self, creating entirely new somatic pathways.

–Shamanic Calling In and Channeled Healing Sessions to clear the blocks and move you into the creative.  The channeled scribes and the ascended masters are invited into a sacred circle ceremony to heal the body and the soul, manifesting all that you ultimately wish to call into your life.

The Shamanic Gateless Retreat was the most powerful experience of my life–Carolina Matson, New Mexico. 

Daily Schedule:

Breakfast 8:30-9:30
Morning salons and rituals start at 9:30 a.m. with Reiki, Thai massage and guided meditation + Gateless Writing.
Lunch at 12:30 (we snack all day!)
Afternoon salons start again at 3 p.m.
Dinner is at 6:30
Evening activities including channeling and shamanic calling in start at 8:30 p.m.


To sign up and for all the details:
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This is a high-touch retreat for 12 writers.

3 meals a day, all embodiment practices, writing salon, trip to Joshua Tree and private room: $3200

 This retreat fills very quickly!


Your Retreat Leader:

Suzanne Kingsbury is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author, whose work has been translated widely abroad and optioned for film.

In 2007 after graduating from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Novel-Writing program with Frank Conroy and the Bennington College Masters in Fine Arts in Writing and the Literary Arts, Suzanne founded Gateless Writing, a global literary arts organization whose unique methodology combines brain science, ancient Zen techniques, and therapeutic nurturing to develop writers’ unique talent and singular genius, enabling them to move through residual blocks and create domain-changing prose.

Suzanne is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and the Oxford Town Fiction Award and her work has been profiled in Rolling Stone Magazine (European edition), the Guardian, the L.A. Times, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Ms Magazine, Thrive Global (top writing retreat of 2017), NPR syndicates, and more …

Suzanne is also trained in Reiki and certified in Thai Head Massage and can “read” a writer through touch. She began working as a scribe channel while she was leading her first Gateless Teacher Training in 2014, receiving messages from a divine source of unconditional love that helped writers find clarity and power in their words. As a writing intuit, she uses the sacred spirit of the word to understand deep patterning and repeated archetypes in a writer’s work, that lead to profound alchemy in their lives.

Through retreats, workshops, one-on-one intensives, and career training programs, Suzanne has helped countless writers on their way to landing top agents, signing lucrative book deals and winning prestigious literary awards. Her writers have also been profiled in some of the world’s top media outlets including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes, USA Today, the Jane Pauley show, and more. 

She believes if you are a writer, you have been tapped by the divine to be a conduit for a message only you can tell and you have the power can move a crowd with your story.