Participants' Progress

In case you're wondering: from the 2016 class, three participants have created books.

One landed a deal with Berrett-Koehler, with the release coming up in October 2018.

One self-published, which won the author an offer from a publisher to write her next book!

The third, a memoir, is now a finished manuscript currently being shopped with agents and publishers.

From the 2017 class I expect comparable triumphs. Stay tuned.


Storia 2: Oct 20-24, 2017

An abundance of applicants so qualified and fabulous it humbled me.. winnowed down to eight stellar souls.

Seven came from across the US, and one from London, to develop books that grappled with:

Indigenous healing, organizational design, public health, criminal justice, women's leadership, dance, and complexity theory.

An astute publisher shared his profound insights by the fireplace.

One night under the open sky, an unforgettable impromptu talent show.

2017 Participants

2017 Participants


The First Edition: Sept 2-6, 2016

Seven luminous participants hailing from London, New York City, Berlin, Brighton, Barcelona, and Geneva.

Undivided attention and open hearts and so much laughter our bellies ached.

Leaps forward as every book took shape, almost like a miracle, far exceeding my wildest expectations.

A beautiful, resounding success in every way. All photos below thanks to Anja Adler.



In which the secrets to book pitches and book proposals were revealed...


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Challenged to think deeply about the perspective of their intended audiences and the framing of their book..

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Being seen, heard, and interpreted by an other. Many favorite moments happened here.




"Big kudos! The schedule of the day was absolutely right on. I enjoyed the pace. The afternoon breaks were amazing.
Having time to reflect, nap, swim, yoga, massage, write was a treasure...The food was absolutely fabulous... The location was great: It was nice to be tucked away from the world, daily responsibilities, the media, etc to be completely present and focused on the experience." 


"I feel encouraged, a sense of clarity and focus and connection to my book in a way that I didn't feel before."


"Ariane had done her homework, and brought a lot of carefully curated and personalized pro-level advice
to the one-on-one sessions. Very valuable."


"Ariane is the finest guide you could wish for. Her presence, composure and control of the material in the masterclass sessions made them - and the whole retreat - a real treat."