This is more than a retreat.
This is a wide open space to reflect, reignite, and reconnect to your curious and creative self. This is a precious opportunity to turn down the noise of daily life in order to discover and deliver that book hiding deep inside of you.
This Retreat is For You If...
You long to get your book writing project to the next step and learn everything you need to know to get your book published (and you could also use a big dose of self-nurturing and a life adventure).
You enjoy hanging out with smart, loving, supportive people, creating and sharing big ideas.
You’ve just decided you want to write a book, been putting it off for years, need to rework a book you have already published, or you’re writing your 10th book. Great! This is a “welcome-all-authors” retreat!
You are a coach, wellness professional, teacher, or someone with an inspirational story...
You long to get your message out into the world...
You are oh so ready to increase your impact and your income...
You are ready to embrace more career opportunities, more personal and financial freedom...
You are ready to enjoy sharing what you know and feel proud about making your contribution to a better planet...
what Nicki has to say:
I am so much further
ahead on my book
than I thought possible!
"The retreat is perfect for the writer that needs a comfortable, supportive environment to move his or her book forward. The focus on self-nurturing through delicious, healthy food and yoga provided the perfect backdrop for digging in and writing. Targeted instruction is both global and tailored to participants. The beautiful and idyllic setting is a delight for the senses. I highly recommend this retreat!"
Teacher and Children's Book Author
what Linda has to say:
I got out of my head...
and got instant feedback
that was real, helpful,
"This retreat was a remarkable and transformative experience. If you have ever dreamed of writing a book, Dorothy guides you through from thought to actionable authorship."
Write Your Book in the Perfect Place.
Imagine Bethlehem, a tiny little New England town in the summer. Picture perfect, with friendly people and a handful of charming businesses. And, surrounded by mural-like White Mountain vistas. Picture a village with almost painfully crisp fresh air. And Bethlehem is not a stuffy old town either, but a hip town with an independent movie theater, cool outdoor café, a regional acclaimed craft brewery, and a few small independent shops.
Write Your Book in the Perfect Retreat Center.
Then there is Balance Bethlehem. a gem of a retreat and healing center which was built all green, and is visually stunning nestled in a Birch tree grove. That is where we will enjoy yoga but also our writing classes and transformative workshops. This center is the new headquarters for the Sat Nam Foundation our new retreat partners. They also own the local organic farm where we will buy food and enjoy visiting for writing adventures!
Write Your Book in the Perfect Inn.
Then, there is the Historic Mulburn Inn, our home away from home that is a mansion where Hollywood icons from the 40's used to go to hide out to honeymoon (and where the gorgeous gas stove that was gifted by Thomas Edison is still in use). We will sleep in old world comfy private rooms. One of those rooms can be yours. Our welcoming hostess, Mary, thinks of everything and even provides thoughtful modern touches like a jacuzzi room (and surprise glass of champagne).
Write While We Visit a Local Farm.
Then there is Ski Hearth Farm, our new partner's, The Sat Nam Foundation's headquarters where we will visit to feast our eyes, body, and fuel our creativity. We will write our books and nibble TRULY farm to table. There are a few farmhouse rooms to choose as a simple, refreshing housing option.
Write Your Book Fueled by Delicious Food & Delightful People.
Now imagine eating farm to table organic food, including fresh green drinks, for breakfast and lunch that are as delicious as are madly healthy. Enjoying yoga that will open you up, but not stress you out each morning. Then, picture grabbing some tea and heading into your Birth a Book class and workshops and being amazed at how much you accomplish in such a short time with a teacher who knows how to inspire and ignite you while you feel both relaxed but clearly and confidently moving forward. Bond with your bright and warm new friends in class who will support your creative efforts as you delight in supporting theirs.
Dorothy is an inspiring coach...without her coaching, her guidance and her inspiration, my book idea would just be an idea.
I am finally writing my book! I would encourage anyone interested in writing that book enroll in a class now!
This is not a typical writing retreat
where people only write for entertainment.
We will actually be writing your book (and having fun!).
What You Will Discover
Dorothy's step-by-step method to get your book written and professionally published.
how to avoid the common pitfalls most first-time authors succumb to due to inexperience.
how to discover your target audience and connect with people wanting or needing the message you wish to share.
how to best utilize your book to enhance your professional and personal credibility and help make you into an "author-ity" on the topics you know and love so well.
Write Your Book with Inspirational, Experienced Coaches!
Dorothy Holtermann is on a mission to help people make their book writing dreams come true. As a nutrition expert, her impact and income skyrocketed when she became the published author of Love Food that Loves you Back. Inspired by her success, but sad by how long it took her to publish, she developed the Birth a Book System to make it easier for others. She has helped hundreds write their books and will coach your book out of you!
"Dorothy is an amazingly, compassionate cheerleader who instills the confidence needed to birth our books! I went from overwhelmed to empowered and soon will be a published author!"
Beth Bolwerk, Copy Editor
Jessy Holtermann, actor, acting teacher and filmmaker from LA will offer workshops and coaching. She will show you how "if you believe it, they believe it." She will help you discover how to powerfully introduce yourself as an author and perform a book reading like a pro!
"Jessy's powerful (and hilarious!) workshops inspired me to "own" becoming an author and learn how to introduce myself and perform a book reading."
Colleen Foley, Restaurant owner, Author of Mornings with Ro
Our welcome dinner will be hosted at The Historic Mulburn Inn. All local organic farm to table breakfasts will also be served at the Inn, and the included lunches will be served inside or outdoors at our retreat center or at our outdoor inspiration expedition sites.
And remember Dorothy wrote the book, Love Food that Loves You Back so she will ensure the food will be every bit as healthy (local and organic) as scrumptious.
We have also been invited to the Robert Frost Museum, one evening to attend candlelit poetry reading as part of the International Poetry Conference.
what Susan has to say:
So much is coming together for me!! I have a presentation, book, and business I am putting together. It’s so great and fun and energizing and so ME.
Chef, Author of Put Food to the Test: Eat to Thrive in College
what Josie has to say:
Birth a Book Retreat was a miraculous experience. Dorothy Holtermann, the writing coach, was an excellent "mid-wife". I am finishing up my first book and have already started my second book!
Author of A Successful Orphan
what Donna has to say:
The course helped me move to the next level, which had taken years after writing and then organizing my 70,000 words! I greatly appreciate Dorothy’s knowledge, motivation and ideas for getting anyone there!
Donna Sewall Davidge / Amrita,
Owner Sewall House, Author of Balancing with Bunions
What Will You Actually Get Out of This Week?
You’ll feel happy and supported and feel joy! You will laugh out loud often.
You’ll feel less alone. Do you worry you will not fit in? That will not happen. We work in a big loving community where you will be embraced.
You’ll get to rest. To renew. To deeply recharge and reconnect to your strength and energy.
You’ll get fresh new perspective on your book and maybe your life.
You’ll disengage from habits of mind and body that don’t serve you.
And oh my, you’ll get the pleasure of being heard, appreciated and cared for. You will not have to lift a finger to cook, clean, or take care of anyone else. This sacred time out will be just for you!
You’ll get your book writing project moved forward to the next level and fully planned in all its steps from the magical to the mundane.
This writer’s retreat is open to writers of all levels, from beginner to professional. It is perfect for nonfiction writers, however, a few fiction writers have come and progressed. How do you know if you’re “a writer”? Because you write and can tell stories. However, I only want you to come if you yearn to make a loving, creative commitment to yourself.
The White Mountain Retreat
5 Nights Accommodations
4 Farm-to-Table Lunches (Plant-Based)
1 Welcome Dinner (Plant-Based)
5 Yoga Classes
1 One on One Coaching Session with Dorothy
7 Book Writing Adventure Classes
2 Performance Coaching Classes with Jessy Holtermann
Local Excursions including the Robert Frost Museum
Plenty of time to write
note: If you would like to bring a non participatory guest,
please contact me for options.
Need to cancel after paying in full? If you cancel more than 30 days before the retreat begins, we will return your payment minus the $495 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat, we will credit you to use for future online programs or private coaching minus the $495 non-refundable or you are welcome to sell or give away your spot, contingent upon the replacement writer having a short conversation with Dorothy.
Questions or Concerns?