Bodywriting ® Retreats for Women

Bodywriting Retreats for Women since 1994

COME HOME to your BODY and FEED YOUR SOUL!

Since the beginning of Bodywriting® in 1994, women have been reclaiming who they are NOW through poetry, visual art, sound and movement. Through these  portals of art “Bodywriters” revisit, review and re-write the stories held in their bodies on a deeply cellular level.

Throughout these retreats, you can realize that you are not alone in the creative process. We drop masks and pretense. You can print your nude body and become co-creator with the image that emerges.  Through movement, writing, sound and visual art techniques, you can ask the life-size image who has arrived, “What is your name?  Are you human, animal, bird, otherworldly or earth being?  What do you bring?  What do you need from me next?” You can then follow the image as a companion and guide.

You are the pioneer navigating your inner landscape

The Bodywriting Retreats for Women®

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Bodywriting® is one of the most intimate ways of being with SELF

BODYWRITING® RETREATS FOR WOMEN

Bodywriting® Retreats for Women was born in 1994 during an exciting summer collaboration between artist Pamela Underwood and writer Judy Reeves. Since its inception, Pamela has continued to shapeBodywriting® Retreats into the exhilarating, unconventional, pioneering experience that it is today! Bodywriting® Retreats have served hundreds of women, including many who did not consider themselves “artists.”  The women who have engaged in the retreats developed the insight and capacity to stretch their boundaries, take personal risks, shake life up, explore new possibilities and mark a passage by becoming immersed in the basic human resource of art-making.
“We are One” 
Immersed in creative living in community with women for five days, exploring journaling, poetry, drumming, acrylics, Intuitive Collage™, pastels and guided movement meditation, participants thrive in this supportive community while gaining a sense of their own deep nature, passion and direction in life.
-Sharen Catterton 

Through sharing meals, learning to give safe feedback and witnessing each other’s experience, a strong bond is formed. The safety of the retreat experience is deepened while Bodywriters help prepare meals together and tend to the working studio.

Connection with the surrounding sacred land and feminine spirit moving through nature provides a foundation for our work that is primal. Bodywriting® calls attention to the importance of taking time out of our everyday lives to practice mindful connection in the present moment.

During Bodywriting®, Pamela’s carefully designed program is followed in order to safely explore the self, take risks and feel a renewed sense of possibility in one’s life. This structure allows for each art experience to build  upon one another throughout the retreat. Eventually a rich thread of authentic imagery forms that not only translates into a work of art, but also creates a new lens through which to see the world.

Bodywriting ® assists us in returning to our lives and relationships firmly grounded in our body and senses. It  gifts us with the solid resource of renewed connection to feminine wisdom, imagination and play in our daily life.

Come, discover a whole new world… YOUR WORLD!

Note:  No art background necessary.

Bodywriting Locations  

Bodywriting® Retreats are held in a beautiful country settings. We hold retreats in the mountainous Southern California studio near San Diego, the Austin, Texas Studio nestled in the artsy hill country and, our newest location, the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in magical Taos, New Mexico just blocks from the town square.

All three settings are breathtaking and tranquil, complete with walking trails, studio, sleeping quarters, pool and/or labyrinth.

The California and Texas studios are less than 35 minutes from the airport. The Taos, NM location is reached by flying into the Albuquerque airport.

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Testimonials

Tamara Mathews, psychotherapist   

“Bodywriting is clearly cellular…no instruction or book or therapy could of freed me like this. Feels like the brain and the cells have transformed completely using the body as a tool…by going through the body it feels like it tricks the brain and then it all lets go…the cells feel happy and different and free.

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Tamara Mathews, psychotherapist   

“Bodywriting is clearly cellular…no instruction or book or therapy could of freed me like this. Feels like the brain and the cells have transformed completely using the body as a tool…by going through the body it feels like it tricks the brain and then it all lets go…the cells feel happy and different and free. There is a quality of trust and faith that takes place on the retreat revealing our true self expression not only as women but as spirit in a body…This can only happen in a safe and soothing environment which Pamela provides." - Bodywriting

Joy Keller   
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…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.

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Joy Keller   
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…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.

Kate McCavitt   
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So 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).

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Kate McCavitt   
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So 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).

Tamara Trejo   
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Pam​e​la Underwood is a creative genius. She designed and buil​t​ her home sanctuary in harmony with the land​,​ to foster creativity. She is the architect of Body​w​riting ​R​etreat. With Sage wisdom, she leads her circle of wom​en into finding their plumb~line. During my time at Body​w​riting ​R​etreat I found my plumb~line many times.

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Tamara Trejo   
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Pam​e​la Underwood is a creative genius. She designed and buil​t​ her home sanctuary in harmony with the land​,​ to foster creativity. She is the architect of Body​w​riting ​R​etreat. With Sage wisdom, she leads her circle of wom​en into finding their plumb~line. During my time at Body​w​riting ​R​etreat I found my plumb~line many times. While walking the labyrinth, in the pool, brushing paint to canvas and seeing the subtle blend of color, are just a few of the moments when I felt the powerfully soft sensation of being in true alignment; My plumb~line. In this five day retreat I had so many deep belly laughs. As my painting emerged, I was giggly. Pam​e​la's poetry reading softened me to sweet sensitive tears, that carried into lighter lighter brush strokes and finer details in my painting. All of my needs were met during this retreat. Including, much needed and wanted, technical composition​​ techniques,​ ​to create depth and dimension in my painting. I am filled with gratitude, for the care and craft that Pam​e​la put into creating this profound experience. (Namastay).

Violet Lyall   
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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!

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Violet Lyall   
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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!

Jan Phillips, author   
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“Pamela 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. It is not just another creative experience. It is a journey into wholeness and newness.

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Jan Phillips, author   
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“Pamela 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. It is not just another creative experience. It is a journey into wholeness and newness. She is a gifted facilitator who helps you access your own truth and discover your real beauty in a joyful, imaginative and supportive environment. It’s a weekend you will never forget and the art you make will surprise and delight you on every level.” - Bodywriting

Val Cooper, singer/songwriter   

“My body print has become a powerful image for me. She is a reminder of my core essence; she is Power, Beauty, Grace, Truth and Freedom from fear.” - Bodywriting

Debbie Love   
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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,

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Debbie Love   
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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.

Amy Wallen, author   

“My kudos for this workshop is a long list which includes great food, great company, great organization and great ideas for the process. I found everything to be relaxing, stupendously beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable. It is extremely clear that Pamela works very hard to make this the safest, cleanest,

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Amy Wallen, author   

“My kudos for this workshop is a long list which includes great food, great company, great organization and great ideas for the process. I found everything to be relaxing, stupendously beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable. It is extremely clear that Pamela works very hard to make this the safest, cleanest, most luscious and vivid experience for everyone. I absolutely love the end result that I came away with.” - Bodywriting