Located 1,300 feet above sea level and on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Villa Chill boast inspiring views and mountain breezes. Surrounded by rainforest wildlife, birds, monkeys and butterflies, with 4 miles of hiking trails and a private pool.The Itinerary
Your pre-arrival manuscript evaluation includes supportive, specific, written critique of your current draft or proposal, a coaching session, and a customized work plan for your retreat.
On location, you'll have daily guidance and one-on-one sessions.
A post-retreat work plan and follow-up coaching session help you sustain momentum at home.
To give the personal coaching and specific editorial feedback your manuscript needs before, during and after the retreat, the retreat is limited to six writers.
Rooms are single occupancy unless you choose to share with a writing friend or travel partner.
Each morning, writers set intentions for this reserved time, then work individually in shared spaces. Post-writing check-ins may include short readings, but this is not a "workshop." Allison provides individual guidance as needed. It's like writing at your favorite cafe—with your personal editor on-call.
The rest of the day is for solo writing time, one-on-one meetings, and relaxation or an excursion.
Focused time away from home helps you plow through pages.
Direct, specific feedback helps you write better.
Rebirth Your Book combines a retreat environment with personal editorial assistance. You'll have a work plan to start writing on day one. Questioning an editorial note? Lost your plot thread? Ask Allison right now—she's across the table.
Rebirth Your Book happens in beautiful, culturally rich locations with great local food and a calm, supportive writing environment. Each retreat includes energy-boosting excursions to heritage sites and outdoor activities.
Joining the Retreat
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You should be working on a book.
It can be a novel, a memoir or an essay collection. It can be an outline or proposal and some material, a partial manuscript, or a draft that isn't singing yet.
Everyone focuses on their own pages, so the experience level of your fellow writers isn't a big factor in your work.
Some writers come with drafts for revision; others arrive with an idea and notes. If your work is still very much in-progress, we'll use the week to generate as much of a first draft as possible. In that case, the manuscript evaluation will happen after the retreat and guide you into the next draft.
A friend or family member age 16+ sharing your room pays a companion fee of about 1/3 the writer's fee. Their trip will include lodging, group meals and activities, local tours and airport transfers. It doesn't include Writing in Company, one-on-one time or manuscript evaluation. Single occupancy is available for an additional charge.
If you'd like to share a double with another writing participant, you'll each receive a discount of $300.
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US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa for Costa Rica.
Travelers to any destination should update routine vaccinations and bring a small supply of stomach remedies and sufficient prescription medications.
Airport transfers are provided in and out of San Jose Airport (SJO).
For group sightseeing, transportation will be provided. For personal exploration, at least one 4X4 will be available for shared use.
Villa Chill is in mountainous terrain with rough paths. An all-terrain wheelchair would be able to traverse the grounds and some hiking trails.
The house is on one level, with step-free access to several bedrooms and bathrooms. This retreat has plenty of space for a caregiver or companion to share your room or have their own.
Allison has worked with writers who are Deaf, deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. She wants to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.
Our writing time and excursions are in English; most local residents speak enough English to chat and answer questions. The welcome orientation will include useful phrases; we recommend keeping Google Translate on your phone with the Spanish dictionary downloaded, or carrying a phrasebook.
The vast majority of Costa Ricans are famously friendly, hospitable and kind to tourists. You are unlikely to encounter personal crime.
Villa Chill is on spacious private grounds. If hiking alone, please leave information about where you are going and when you expect to return.
As with any destination, keep an eye on your belongings when on the beach.
Our private chef cooks fresh local and American cuisine.
There are a grocery store and a farmers market in the lower town, for in-room snacks and impromptu picnics.
Please advise us of any dietary restrictions and we will work to accommodate your needs as much as possible.
We’re happy to provide personal recommendations or connect you with a local travel agency to extend your trip. You can pick up a personal rental car on the return journey to the airport, or keep one throughout your stay.
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Everyone works on their own manuscript with the energy of a shared writing space. As Allison says, "If I'm writing with a buddy and I start to get bored or frustrated, I look up and think, I can't quit now—she's still going!"
At the beginning of each session, we set our intentions for the day. We take a short stretch break at the halfway point. Afterwards, each person shares how their work went and may—but doesn't have to—read a short passage for brief feedback.
Throughout Writing in Company time, Allison will be available to talk through problems, suggest new ways to tackle a tough section, or give you a quick exercise to shake your writing loose.
Nope. While reading group members' work in advance and noting points for discussion is a valuable practice, it's not what we're doing here. Your focus is on your book. At the end of the week, we'll have a casual evening reading. This is an opportunity to share aloud pages you've been working on with a small, supportive audience. Travel partners and new friends are welcome.
Allison will read each writer's full draft (or pile of material or proposal) before arrival, and send you an editorial letter with feedback on concept, voice, themes, plot, story, character and craft.
After the evaluation, you'll have an editorial session of about 30 minutes to discuss your work and what you want to accomplish during the retreat. If you're an early stage and don't have a lot of pages, we can extend the call to discuss your idea, execution and process.
During the Rebirth week, you'll have a scheduled one-on-one meeting to discuss how the week is going, your writing in general and your writing career. This time can also be used for query feedback or discussing your publication goals.
Throughout the week we'll have plenty of casual chatting time, and you're welcome to start/participate in writing-related discussions with Allison and/or your fellow writers just about anywhere.
After returning home, you'll have another 30-minute editorial call to check in and address questions or new challenges as you finish your draft.
To give each writer the individual and specific attention their manuscript needs, the retreat is limited to six people. Non-writing travel partners may join us for tours and activities.
Booking & Payment
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We accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express through PayPal. You may also choose to pay by check, Zelle or direct deposit. Payments can be made as follows:
Or talk to us about a plan that works for you.
If you prefer to pay in one transaction, we offer a 5% discount for payment in full within two weeks of acceptance.
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We strongly recommend travel & trip-cancellation insurance. If you are unable to attend and we can fill your place from the waitlist, we will refund your tuition minus a $200 processing fee. If we can’t fill your place, we’ll provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider. Refunds will be sent within 30 days of receipt of notice of cancellation. Rebirth Your Book reserves the right to cancel the retreat in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster or Act of God. In the event of cancellation on our part, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. You agree to release Rebirth Your Book and its agents and/or representatives from any liability, including consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend. We will provide you with documentation to support a claim to your travel insurance provider for flights and other expenses not paid to Rebirth Your Book.