Saraswati Writing & Yoga Workshop Brazil 2014!

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Registration is now closed for this workshop! I am thrilled to announce the Saraswati Writing & Yoga Workshop Brazil 2014 will be co-led by bestselling author Barbara Kyle, and myself, Stephanie Renée dos Santos, at the world-class yoga retreat center Enchanted Mountain, in Garopaba, Brazil .

Join Us in Brazil…

As seen in Poets & Writers

As seen in Poets & Writers!

For a week-long writing and yoga intensive, April 7-14, 2014, a workshop for all writers, whatever your level of experience, and all levels of yoga, from the new to advanced.  Come immerse yourself in your project — and in yoga — while steeped in the natural beauty and coastal calm of southern Brazil.

The workshop includes daily guided yoga and writing exercises in the morning, afternoon and early evening.

Relax. Expand. Write.

Barbara_Kyle_Author_PhotoYour Writing Instructor: Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed “Thornleigh” novels Blood Between Queens, The Queen’s Gamble, The Queen’s Captive, The King’s Daughter and The Queen’s Lady which follow a rising middle-class family through three tumultuous Tudor reigns. She also writes contemporary thrillers. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. In July 2013 Barbara will be a speaker at Ontario’s Stratford Festival .

Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations and conferences like the Canadian Authors Association and the Algonkian Writers Conferences. On an ongoing basis she does manuscript evaluations for writers, several of which have gone on to publication.  She is on the faculty at Author Salon’s online Commercial Novel Writing Program.

She is a master storyteller and editor:  “Riveting…adventurous…superb!” –The Historical Novel Society

Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Visit

Barabra's latest release!

Visit the virtual tour for BLOOD BETWEEN QUEENS:

Praise for Barbara’s Books:  THE QUEEN’S GAMBLE reviewed by the Historical Novel Society, and Lancashire Evening Post review of THE KING’S DAUGHTER.

cropped Steph Professional  photoYour Yoga Instructor: Stephanie Renée dos Santos has published fiction in American Athenaeum and has work forthcoming in Lalitamba. She’s published freelance non-fiction in various venues, and writes features for the Historical Novel Society. She leads Saraswati Writing & Yoga Workshops in the USA and Brazil. Currently, she is working on a historical novel:  CUT FROM THE EARTH. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kum Nye- Tibetan Yoga, and practices Vinyasa-Yoga Flow as taught by Shiva Rea; using yoga daily to assist herself and others in creative endeavors. She teaches yoga, writes from, and lives in Garopaba, Brazil.

Writing & Yoga

The writing and yoga practices in this workshop aim to kindle your creative fire and liberate your authentic voice and deepest truths.

A writer often needs time without demands to connect with the Muse, or to bring concentrated effort to complete a project. A writing retreat combined with yoga offers an ideal space in which to focus on writing without interruptions and to help you relax into your work.

About the Writing Instruction at the workshop 

This workshop will focus on the first thirty pages of your work-in-progress (WIP). Bring your WIP, or start a work from scratch at the workshop, whatever works best for you.  Barbara will also give talks about the following essentials of craft to help you shape your story into a captivating, memorable read, the kind that publishers want:

  • Hooks: Your Story’s First Five Pages
  • Setting: Using the Power of Setting to Reveal Character
  • The Inciting Incident: Motivating Your Character
  • Conflict and Reversals: Essentials of Story Structure
  • Deep Character: Creating the Empathetic Protagonist
  • Dialogue: Dynamic Uses and Cardinal Sins

And at the end of the week Barbara will meet  one-on-one in a private session with each writer to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their work.  There will also be optional times to read one’s work aloud in a supportive interactive group.

Yoga Benefits for the Writer: What you can expect to experience in our workshop 

Steph Enchanted Mountain seat gratitude pose colorWriters often suffer from physical pain in the shoulders, neck, head, lower back, hips and eyes. This stress in the body can inhibit or block creativity. A daily yoga practice helps reverse and relieve bodily tension; when the body is eased, so are the tensions of the mind; assisting in opening the space within you for your writing to: flow, burst, seep.

  • Open your chest, bring your shoulders back, loosen up your neck, and increase circulation to your head. Improve your posture after long days at the computer and reading
  • Stretch and awaken your mind
  • Open your hips, where creativity, emotions and creative expression often get trapped
  • Learn to create and access the state that creativity likes to manifest into: A state of empowerment, focus, grounded intuition, strength, compassion
  • Learn to set intentions/goals for your writing and visualize/meditate on them
  • Create balance and develop concentration, which will increase your ability to focus clearly and staying power to write through difficulties
  • Experience community
  • Release your mind and body and open the space for ideas to flow

Steph Enchanted Mountain seated prayer pose colorRead the article written by Stephanie and posted online at Women On Writing:  Writing & Yoga Retreats: What are They? How do They Benefit Writers?


All the facilities at Enchanted Mountain are made from recycled materials. We will write and practice yoga — in an environmentally sound setting.  Enchanted Mountain’s grounds have various places to write in solitude: next to natural stream pools, secluded tables looking into forest of bamboo, on the porch of your room while lounging in a hammock.  Come write in the presence of hummingbirds and toucans, bright red hibiscus and exotic parrot flowers, and floppy leaf banana trees and palms.  Immersing yourself in a new natural ambiance with the potential and purpose of triggering fresh work and inspiration.


-7 nights stay: rooms w/writing-table, bed and private bathroom

-3 meals daily: local fresh vegetarian cuisine

-One day transport to beach, guided hike to local waterfall/swimming hole, daily access to on-site natural swimming pools

-All materials for yoga & writing instruction.Writing and practicing yoga on recycled Brazilian hardwood floors and tables.

 Workshop is in Garopaba, Brazil; 50 miles south of the town called Florianópolis on the Island of Santa Caterina.  Fly to São  Paulo or Rio de  Janeiro then to Florianópolis.

* Travel Details in Registration Form — See Below.

Workshop dates:  April 7-14, 2014

Early Bird Discount Sign Up Today!

Sign Up by October 7, 2013 and save $125=$75 off + $50 value of a free subscription to Barbara’s online video workshop series “Writing Fiction That Sells”. Over 10 hours of instruction and tips and techniques. Have a look:

Final Registration closes November 7, 2013.

Minimum 12 participants, Maximum 15.


Click below for Registration Form, Other Payment Options, & General Workshop Information.


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