As veteran storytellers and coaches, we have felt firsthand the immense power of personal stories.
Told as fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short-form, long-form, screenplay, stage play, an album of songs or a collection of poems, the tales that expose an author’s singular soul are the ones that resonate deeply within our own.
It is from this belief that we have co-created a distinctive guided retreat series for those that want to bring their true selves to the page. Whether your desired outcome is a story to be shared far and wide, crafted as a gift for loved ones or as a journey toward individual healing and wisdom, this thoughtfully curated process will reveal your story regardless of experience level.
We provide you with a worry-free all-inclusive experience in a beautiful location that allows the time and space to release your inner scribe. Most importantly, our inspired method begins with a guided exploration that uncovers the unique and valued story within you. This becomes the touchstone for all the work that follows. From there, we offer hours of hands-on training with a focus on tangible outcomes. And for those that join us for the entire 10-month Inside Story experience, you will be taken from idea all the way through to releasing your words into the world.
We love this work and have found it has greatly enriched our professional and personal lives.
We hope we have the privilege of helping you unearth Your Inside Story.
Chaz Thorne & Anne Berube
Your Inside Story Guides
Save the dates:
Your First Draft
Feb. 19 - 23, 2018
Your Final Draft
Nov. 12 - 16, 2018
As a filmmaker, Chaz wrote and produced Poor Boy’s Game, which starred Danny Glover and premièred at the Berlinale. The feature Just Buried was written, produced and directed by Chaz, starred Jay Baruchel and Rose Byrne and garnered acclaim domestically and internationally after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chaz’s third feature as director/producer, Whirligig, starred Gregory Smith and screened at numerous Canadian and U.S. festivals.
As a mentor and editor for other storytellers, he has helped dozens get their personal visions to the screen, stage and page.
Chaz is a partner in the strategic consulting firm, Barn Raisers, specializing in workshop design, creative capacity building and rapid ideation. He is also a co-founder of The Give Agency, an initiative that enables charities to receive free strategic consulting from top talent.
Chaz is a graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program, is an alumnus of Trans Atlantic Partners, the eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriter’s Workshop, and completed his M.B.A. at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).
Spiritual Coach & Author
Anne is a powerful teacher with an uncommon ability to share her story and insights in a way that awakens the inner wisdom in others. Her hunger for learning has led her to achieve much formal education including a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts from Queens University, and a PhD from Université Bordeaux 3 in French Literature. In addition, Anne studied Vedic wisdom at the Chopra Centre; was initiated into Huna by Hawaiian Kahuna Laura Kealoha Yardley; received certification as a WEL-Systems Institute facilitator; and completed a course in NeuroPsychoidiology Life Coaching at the Centre for Applied Neuroscience.
Her work has also allowed her to share the stage with many of her heroes, including bestselling authors Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Julie Daniluk, James Van Praagh, Anita Moorjani, Gabrielle Bernstein, Dr. William Davis, and Gregg Braden.
Through her The Happy Sessions workshops, she has refined the process of Be Feel Think Do and has helped hundreds of individuals discover an inner freedom and a connection to their own unique source of sustainable happiness. Anne’s book Be Feel Think Do: A Memoir was published by Hay House in 2017.
Focused on Results
Our process is designed with tangible outcomes each step of the way. The goal is to get you well on your way to a completed and revised final manuscript.
Each of us is unique and, by doing the deep personal exploration upfront, you will be creating a foundation from which to build a story that is a true reflection of the distinctive being that is you. We want you and your fellow participants to tell the stories that only you can tell.
Both Anne and Chaz have significant professional experience not just as writers but as coaches, facilitators and workshop designers. The result is a highly curated, quality experience.
Sessions strike a balance between inspiration, exploration, and tangible outcomes. Your program guides are with you, teaching and facilitating the process the entire time. Even the location is conducive to contemplation and creativity.
Our carefully crafted methodology is purpose-built to take you through the steps required from inspiration to final draft and even publication if that is the result you desire.
A Venue that Supports the Work
Windhorse is a magical natural landscape and vibrant community located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore; it comprises sustainably managed woodlands, a wood products business, organic permaculture gardens, a conference centre with state of the art facilities, off-the-grid cabins, and unlimited opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.
In all its activities, Windhorse is about experiencing the depth of the human experience, and the essence of genuineness, as reflected in natural systems.
The Schedule At A Glance
We begin our program at 9:30am on Monday morning and take a break to check-in to our rooms in the early afternoon. Likewise, we will take a break to check-out on Friday morning. The program ends Friday afternoon. Registration includes Four nights accommodation and meals for all five days.
Reserve Your Spot Today
Registration includes accommodation and all meals as described in the program. Payment plans available.