One Last 5 Day Bodywriting Retreat Poway, CA

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One Last 5 Day Bodywriting Retreat Poway, CA

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Bodywriting is a beautiful unfolding of each others stories, and a weaving together of our experiences

and feelings so that the images that these feelings carry begin to emerge…

This allows us to witness each other deeply, and be seen, no matter where we are on our own journey.

When women come together for Bodywriting, there is depth, passion, play, fun, laughter, and discovery.

There is collective joy experienced that is greater than the individuals’ joy when we share in each others

transformational growth. ~ Megan Matthews, Dancer/Actress


“The Bodywriting Story” Channel Four, San Diego Insider Documentary

View a 5-min TV documentary, “The Bodywriting® Story,” and find out more about the transformational Bodywriting® Retreat for Women (est 1994).

The only difference is the studio where the documentary was filmed, burned to the ground two weeks later and was rebuilt.  (Also, the reporters have sensationalized the process, as TV shows tend to do. But it is a great clip!)

We create a very sacred and safe container to do this deep work.

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Print your nude body as your first creative partner and strengthen your inner guidance through the expressive arts.

Why is it called BODYWRITING®?

This retreat is called “Bodywriting® Retreats for Women” and was founded in 1994 by artist/expressive arts therapist Pamela Underwood and writer Judy Reeves.

‘Body’ comes from a woman applying non toxic paint to her skin, printing her nude body and then embellishing the image that arrives.  ‘Writing’ comes from journaling every day and creating poetry.

Bodywriting® Women come home to their bodies while forming a partnership through their senses via collage, acrylic painting, mixed media, poetry, journaling, drumming and movement meditation.

Often women find a new way of   perceiving their relationship with creativity in life, their body and its history (HER-STORY).

Through the arts, women in this retreat find new ways to tell their story – or re-story – their lives.  They find a new way “IN” through the doorway of the arts.  Participants go back to their daily lives more resilient, tuned into their inner compass with senses heightened!

20121028_174927NEW FORMAT:  This exciting new Bodywriting format is designed to allow participants to experience the full Bodywriting retreat, yet we take it a step further by offering “Beyond Bodywriting” for those who choose to continue the process with follow up 2 day retreats, “Beyond Bodywriting”, which is open to all past Bodywriters as an opportunity to go more deeply into their process with the benefit of  guidance, sacred space and community.

See details below.

5Days/4 Nights

Costs: $1195 with $600 deposit ($400 non-refundable)
Includes all meals, all art supplies and shared accommodations.

Optional: BEYOND BODYWRITING Adds 2 Days and 1 Night in the Studio with your Bodywriting Tribe.

Bodywriting Exhibit
“The Imprint of Women”

Bodywriters have the opportunity to exhibit their work from our retreat every few years.

Below is a slide show of our latest Bodywriting Exhibit.


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Nurture your creative life and watch it change everything!


…Pamela , just last night I was staring at my Bodywriting art, ruminating about how far I’ve come in three years (since Bodywriting) and how it would be great to come full circle again now that I have healed so much. It was a very empowering thought and just another testament to the incredible power of your concept and process. ~Joy Keller, Writer



Debbie Love
When I decided to give Bodywriting a try, I was an emotional and physical wreck.  My marriage of 22 years was dissolving.  I was really surprised how many of my feelings surfaced (the first) night (during the Intuitive Collage).   The experience of slathering paint on my body and imprinting not only gave me a spiritual sense of freeing myself, it was fun!  I felt a real connection with the other women.  I left there feeling stronger, more sure of myself, more creative.   Thank you, Pamela, for your loving guidance and direction.  ~Debbie Love, Real Estate Agent


Jan PhillipsPamela Underwood’s Bodywriting workshops are a portal into a deeper part of ourselves, an opening into that place of light within where we can make sense of our experiences and listen to our body’s wisdom. ~Jan Phillips, Writer, Motivational Speaker





Where do I begin to say a heartfelt THANK YOU (to Pamela Underwood) for an amazing experience!  The bond I felt with our group was so safe, comfortable, and warm… it was like a giant hug held me throughout the weekend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thanks to you… I can now shout from the rooftops – I AM AN ARTIST!  ~Violet Lyall, Writer/Editor



Kate McCavittSo much of the sum total of me shifted there (at Bodywriting).  Like the big clamshell the woman comes out of, or the head of Zeus, or Spiderwoman’s lair… If you saw the “March of the Penguins,” you’ll know what I mean when I say I will always have a deep hard-wired notion to spend time (at Pamela Underwood Studios).  ~Kate McCavitt, Artist

 See more about Bodywriting®

woman painting spiritual artThis is a video testimonial by film maker/professor Roberta Cantow.
She made this short film about Bodywriting as an example for her students.

April 25 2018


Start: April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Cost: $1195.00
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Pamela Underwood Studios Poway, CA

15376 Running Deer Trail
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