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Writing Circles

SUMMER event: July 12, 2018

12:30-1:45 pm

 at The Hivery, Mill Valley, CA 

  Click here to register for this special event 

Gather round the table for our monthly writing circle. This is an intimate group of  6-10 women who want to play with creative writing. Our session is all about tapping into your muse and setting your inner critic/inner editor aside–then sharing! Fun prompts and good snacks. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to delight in your own creativity.

Email me to learn more, find out dates and availability for our next circle…

Book your seat for the next Larkspur writing circle (September 21, 2018)…


Typewriter Poems

San Rafael Farmer’s Market (Civic Center), CA

Random Sunday mornings  (weather permitting)

Visit me and my vintage 1967 Blue Sterling typewriter at the Civic Center Farmer’s Market for your FREE poem! You circle random words from a ripped book page, and I’ll craft you a personalized poem just for you. It’s fun, it’s free!

But, if you’d rather not wait for a free poem in person, or you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay area, I’m now offering personalized typewriter poems by snail mail for purchase OR paired with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers hand delivered Petals & Poetry to your door. These custom poems are more collaborative, lengthier, layered on decorative paper and are specifically tailored to your requests. They make insanely unique gifts for birthdays, weddings, teacher gifts, anniversaries…Click here for more details and how to purchase…

Writing With Horses

 October 20 & 21, 2018

Two days: Saturday 10-4 pm AND Sunday 9-1 pm

Farmington, CA

Join us for a weekend experience to connect with the magnificent horses and beautiful landscape at Flag Ranch, a sanctuary for rescued horses. Ultimately, you’ll give yourself the gift of igniting your spirit through this horse immersion and creative writing experience. Here’s some of what you’ll receive:

    • a beautiful blend of horse time, writing time, meditation time, YOU time 
    • backdoor tools and writing prompts to access your own creativity 
    • an invitation to tune into the present moment to better hear your own voice
    • an experience of time slowing down, allowing inspiration to flow in
    • insights and wisdom simply from BEing with the horses
    • a deeper understanding of how horses communicate in a herd and how they respond to our body language 
    • a chance to connect with the other sweet characters at Flag Ranch, including a 600 pound pig and a goat that thinks he’s a horse
    • connection with like-minded creative seekers in an intimate setting
    • a feeling of being nurtured and safely held as you slip into the herd and your imagination 
This joyful weekend will be facilitated by writer, poet and creative cheerleader Allison Fragakis and communications consultant, writer and director of Flag Ranch, Kimberly Carlisle.
Cost: $500*  (includes delicious vegetarian lunches and snacks)
*Half of the tuition directly benefits the rescued horses at Flag Ranch, a horse-human sanctuary where a herd of over 40 horses live freely grazing 100+ acres. 

No horse or writing experience required.

CLICK HERE for my blog post about the last horse retreat…

Space is limited to 10 people.

Note: Flag Ranch is about 2 to 2.5 hours from San Francisco with no traffic. We recommend spending the night in the sweet town of Murphys on either Friday and/or Saturday. Murphys is a gold rush town, with lots of wineries and abundant history. Check out Murphys Historic Hotel built in 1864. We will also provide a list of local hotels.

Here’s what others have said about their experience:

“The Writing with Horses workshop I did with Allison Fragakis was soul food, and is still nourishing me. The combination of Allison’s inspiring design for the day coupled with the coherent, loving energy of the horses carried me on a joyful journey into the heart of my own creative expression. I felt peaceful, inspired and deeply cared for as new, creative sparks flew in formation.” Linda Galasso

“Last May Allison escorted a fortunate few of us to spend the day with the horses. I wrote “remember the soft breezes, the pigeons cooing and the lovely giant ancient beasts who urge me to nuzzle and sniff and scratch them…so peaceful and happy, them and me.” I’m always so grateful when I say ‘yes’ to the opportunities you, Allison, offer so I can find find the playful, spirit who resides in me.” Lindy Woodard

“WOW!!! Wonderful, Outstanding & Worthwhile sums up the unique experience of Writing with Horses. I recommend this workshop to anybody who is convinced its “not” for them. Allison has an incredible talent for exposing your creative gene (the one you are sure does not exist) and guiding you through an inspiring and enlightening day of writing prompts. I promise you will be astonished at what you can achieve when she helps you to shed all those barriers and inhibitions you’ve erected and has you roll up your sleeves to write from the heart! The horses have an incredible message to share.” -Sarah Margulies 

I am still glowing –the day was truly, truly special. I had wonderful dreams. Sign me up for next year!….Donna D.

 Contact me if you have any questions about Writing With Horses…

$500 for a weekend retreat


Write a Wave:

A One Day Surfing & Writing Women’s Retreat

Surf instruction at Stinson Beach…Write overlooking the Pacific..Meditate to ocean sounds…Connect with wonderful women…Connect back to YOU!

Stay tuned…Spring 2018 Date to Be Announced…

Join us for this nourishing blend of surfing and creativity!

You’ll walk away with knowledge of water safety, tides and currents, surf etiquette and how to read surf conditions. We’ll begin by setting our intentions and creating natural floating altars to send out to sea…We’ll write overlooking the Pacific with enticing journal prompts exploring the power of riding a wave, what the ocean wants to tell you, childhood beach memories, what the wind is whispering to you and much more to be uncovered by you!

I will be facilitating this workshop with Rebecca Wunderlich, co-creator of X-ing Boarders surf camps. Rebecca is co-creator of Xing Boarders Surf camp with a long resume of experience as an Outward Bound instructor and course director. Rebecca was also recently featured in the movie “It Ain’t Pretty,” a documentary about big wave women surfers.

Cost: $250 (includes surfboard rental and lunch/snacks)

Open to 8-10 women, ALL levels welcome!

Contact me to register