Green Gulch Lane


Margaret Speaker Yuan 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 


Friday September 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM PDT
Sunday September 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM PDT

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Green Gulch Farm 
1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach, CA 94965

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Writers and Illustrators
Creative Get-Away Retreat

Sept. 28 to 30, with optional Thursday night Sept. 27.
No speakers, no programs, just time to write or draw surrounded by the beautiful scenery of West Marin, plus informal evening readings and critiques.

Green Gulch Farm is part of the San Francisco Zen Center. The farm is located off of Highway 1 north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. The accommodations for the retreat are at the Lindisfarne Guest House.


The Guest House is a distinctive octagonal building with Guest House Atriumtwelve rooms on two floors surrounding a 30-foot skylit atrium. The atrium provides a relaxing skylit sitting area where guests often gather to read or sit with a cup of tea by the fire. The building is constructed in a traditional Japanese style and heated with a central wood-burning stove and passive solar system.

Green Gulch viewThe guest rooms are simply, yet comfortably furnished, with large windows opening onto landscaped grounds. Each pair of rooms shares a bathroom and there is a centrally located shower.

Snacks are always available in the guest house kitchen. Vegetarian meals are included in the price of the retreat.


Single rooms, including meals, are $325 until August 30.  After August 30, the price will be $425. Optional Thursday night is $100. There is limited availability for this night. Please check with Margaret before you sign up for it.

Refunds requested before August 30 will be made in full. After August 30, refunds will only be made if a substitute can be found. This retreat is available only to SCBWI members.

Note: The retreat begins at 3 PM Friday, and ends at 1 PM Sunday. The optional Thursday night begins at 3 PM on Thursday.

Directions to Green Gulch Farm: Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/Stinson Beach exit. Turn left at the Arco station onto Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway). Follow the green signs for Highway 1/Stinson Beach. After 2.5 miles the road forks - bear left towards Muir Beach. Go 2 more miles and you'll see a eucalyptus grove and large sign on the left indicating the driveway, "Zen Center/Green Gulch Farm/Wheelwright Center."  
Questions? E-mail Margaret Speaker Yuan at books4womenATyahooDOTcom

Be sure to check with Margaret before you register for the Optional Thursday night. Availability is limited.