Women’s Writing Retreat

with Colette Lafia & Michelle Francois-Walsh

In person, March 22-March 24, 2024
San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, CA

Would you like to explore how writing can deepen Your Spiritual Life?
“Listen to your words”

Writing is a profound and personal way to listen to our heart and soul. It provides us with a way to hear what is stirring inside of us, and gives form to our innermost thoughts and feelings. It’s a perfect process for exploring and deepening our spiritual journey.

“Listen to your words” is a contemplative writing retreat, offering you the opportunity to discover writing as a spiritual practice. We will engage in many forms of writing such as spiritual journaling, uncensored free writing, letter writing, and poetry writing. We will share our writing in a contemplative community that respects everyone’s individual expression.

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Venue: San Damiano Retreat
March 22, 2024 3:00 pm
Colette Lafia, Presenter
Michelle Francois-Walsh, Presenter
Women’s Weekend Retreat

Check-in start at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
7:00 pm – Dinner.
8:00 pm – First Session.
The retreat concludes with lunch on Sunday.

About the Presenters


Colette Lafia

Colette Lafia is a San Francisco-based writer, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She is the author of “The Divine Heart (May 2021), Seeking Surrender, and Comfort and Joy.” She has a passion for helping people connect more deeply with the presence of the sacred in daily life. Colette designs and facilitates retreats for an international audience, and has an active practice as a spiritual director.


Michelle Francois-Walsh

Michelle Walsh is an educator, speaker and visionary behind My Village Well. Michelle’s innate use of vulnerability, a disarming sense of humor, and her contagious zest for life, have created a safe haven where others are able to recognize and own their Divine gifts. Using her five daughters as inspiration, Michelle develops Workshop and Retreat curriculum around topics such as: courage, positive body image, and creating healthy boundaries.Michelle is a Community Builder and Empowerment Coach, who hosts both online and in person offerings to meet individuals where they are, while intentionally supporting them to move forward with a renewed sense of fulfillment. Website: www.myvillagewell.com

“Colette invites us into an ever-deepening intimacy with the One who is the source of all Love."

— Carl McColman, Author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Eternal Heart

“Recognizing that we navigate the depths of our spiritual lives directly in the midst of life as it is, Colette brings God to life for those seeking to deepen or establish living with greater humility, reverence, and faith—qualities that can serve us immeasurably in the world and times we are navigating.”

— Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, Author of Wake Up Grateful

“Colette is a loving and compassionate guide.”   — Veronica Mary Rolf, Author of Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture