Retreat 2019 - OC87 Recovery Diaries

Women Writers’ Retreat: Write on the Ocean

March 22-24, 2019 – The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey

A weekend of solitude and reflection set against the backdrop of peaceful, historic, Victorian Cape May, NJ. The quiet stillness of the air, disturbed only by the rolling waves. Take time for yourself this March, as OC87 Recovery Diaries invites you to join us for Write on the Ocean, a women writers’ retreat.

This relaxing getaway will encompass an all-inclusive two-night retreat in Cape May for women looking for a quiet place to withdraw from the chaos of their everyday lives to a tranquil place and time to write. Imagine waking up to morning yoga, then spending the day overlooking the grey Atlantic as you find the words to share the most important story of mental health: your own.

Whether you have never written a page or have published your eighth novel, this inspirational weekend will feature space to collaborate and workshop a new piece, or something you’ve had tucked away, culminating in a night of sharing and camaraderie featuring special guest Natasha Tracy.

The weekend will take place at the charming Grand Hotel where the ocean will provide the backdrop for a weekend of relaxation, personal growth, and inspiration.




The Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ

The Grand Hotel in Historic Victorian Cape May is the perfect oceanfront hideaway from the real world. Discover our paradise of an unhurried beachside lifestyle anytime of the year. Offering a variety of lodging accommodations just steps away from our powdery white sandy shore complimented with an array of creature comforts, guest amenities and genuinely friendly professional service. Explore and rejuvenate as you experience your “Grand Day at the Beach!”

This stunning venue will set the scene for an unforgettable weekend of peace and relaxation.

1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey, 08204






The Weekend


It’s Your Time

OC87 Recovery Diaries exists to tell stories about how people with mental health challenges have created paths to meaningful lives. Now, it is time to tell the most important story of all: yours.

Whether you are living with a mental illness, or have a friend or family member who does, are a mental health practitioner or advocate, this weekend is for any woman who is looking for a supportive environment of positive thinking, like-minded individuals to share her unique and valuable perspective on mental health.


Relax in Historic Victorian Cape May

The Write on the Ocean Retreat will gather a group of minded women writers from diverse backgrounds for an inspiring weekend focused on storytelling, personal reflection, and open discussions on how those living with mental health challenges are viewed, how we view ourselves, and how we can affect positive change in our communities.

Whether you have never written before or have published your eighth novel, OC87 Recovery Diaries believes what makes you a writer is having a story to tell. That is why we decided to host our first women writers’ retreat: to provide a tranquil space to write on your own, workshop something new or something you’ve been working on previously, and share your story in a supportive, welcoming environment.

It’s also about treating yourself to a wonderful, relaxing weekend while exploring Historic Cape May. That’s why OC87 Recovery Diaries has planned everything. The all-inclusive weekend will cover every meal, and the workshops are included in the retreat. All you have to do is bring your fabulous self and an eager mind.


The Retreat

From peaceful, ocean-swept nights to sunrise yoga, from solitary reflection in one of the charming spots of dormant wintertime Cape May, to sharing your ideas with other writers, the weekend will culminate in a brunch Sunday morning where everyone will be invited to share their work with the group.

A highlight of the weekend will be keynote speaker, Natasha Tracy, author of the popular Breaking Bipolar blog and the book Lost Marbles: Insights into my Life with Depression and Bipolar.




OC87 Recovery Diaries wants this to be a relaxing, stress free weekend for everyone who attends. The all-inclusive nature of the retreat means that you don’t have to worry about anything, other than enjoying yourself. All meals are included, as is a signed book from the keynote speaker, Natasha Tracy, and a gift bag of exclusive OC87 Recovery Diaries goodies.

Ready to relax?

Friday Evening

– Arrive, unpack, check in
– Mingling and dinner with opening remarks
– First prompt of the retreat
– Everyone breaks to find a quiet spot and begin writing


– Everyone is sent an inspiration quote with that day’s prompt at 6am
– Morning Yoga before breakfast or more writing time for those who choose
– Breakfast
– After Breakfast Yoga or more writing time for those who choose
– Break for the day where time is the participants own.
– Every two hours, we will have a room for “Office Hours” where attendees can stop in and bounce ideas off (Leah, Kirsten, or Laura) or any other attendees who are there
– Dinner
– Natasha Tracy and book signing
– Prompt for the evening
– Break for individual writing time, explore Cape May, etc.

Sunday Morning

– Everyone is sent an inspiration quote with that day’s prompt at 6am
– Morning Yoga before breakfast or more writing time for those who choose
– Brunch
– Open Mic time
– Closing remarks
– Check out and departure




Keynote Speaker

Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker and social media consultant from the Pacific Northwest. She works to bring quality, insightful and trusted information on bipolar disorder and related illnesses to the public while engaging with the mental health community. Natasha is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder and her thoughts on it have been sought by the media and academics.

In addition to her long-running blog on HealthyPlace, Breaking Bipolar, her writing has been featured on the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom, Huffington Post, HealthLine, PsychCentral and elsewhere. Natasha Tracy has just released the book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.

All attendees will receive a signed copy of Natasha’s book.




Sponsor a Writer

OC87 Recovery Diaries exists to tell stories about how people with mental health challenges have created paths to meaningful lives. We feature stories that inspire and empower, stories that generate discussion and awareness.

We understand that mental illness can affect a person’s holistic well-being, making an amazing experience, like the Women Writer’s Retreat, out of reach financially.

Your donation, in any amount, goes directly towards helping someone who otherwise could not attend. Please consider donating today.

OC87 Recovery Diaries is proud to be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



Sponsor the Retreat

The Women Writer’s Retreat offers a unique, powerful opportunity to place your organization in front of an active community of mental health advocates and allies. Everything we do is made possible by the support of sponsors like yourself. If you or your organization is interested in exploring higher level sponsorship opportunities at the 2019 Women Writer’s Retreat, please contact for everything OC87 Recovery Diaries can do to help you reach your goals.

This retreat is all inclusive and covers two nights at The Grand Hotel, all meals, a signed copy of Natasha Tracy’s book Lost Marbles, and a gift bag!







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