Mindful Writers Retreat Series

Coming October 2020

Over the River and Through the Woods Kathleen Shoop Book Cover

The Mindful Writers Retreat Series consists of anthologies that feature themed short stories, poems, essays, music, and writing resources (books oriented toward writing craft, mindfulness and more are coming soon!). When it comes to the anthologies, each piece within each collection is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of literature and life. The contributors to the anthology are authors who’ve attended Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Each anthology benefits a different charity. Proceeds from Into the Woods go to The Children’s Heart Foundation. Monies from Over the River and Through the Woods are donated to The Ligonier Camp and Conference Center.

Praise for The Series

I enjoyed the entire book, each story, essay, or poem was a pleasure to read. It was fun to see how even a short story could grab your attention and surprise you with an ending , when most of us are used to reading a novel and the slow build-up of the story- so this was a nice change and a pure joy to read. It would be awesome if the writers came together again to put together a new book, I would pick it up in a heartbeat!
— MySideOfLife


Heartwarming stories that will put you in the holiday spirit. I particularly enjoyed The Christmas Pearl by Demi Stevens. The main character was so relatable and her plight touched my heart.
— BamaGirl


This is a great collection of short stories and poetry. I love the surprise ending most of the stories seem to have. I highly recommend this anthology. The fact that the proceeds benefit a children’s charity makes the purchase of this anthology even more special.
— A. Gavigan