in Nicaragua

June 5 - 11, 2022

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Hello, Writer.

If you have been craving freedom, community and adventure

I have something for you.


in Nicaragua

will be an intimate space for femme-identifying writers to create in a laidback, minimalistic, and lush environment while being supported by the host, Rocky Callen (hi!), and fellow wordsmiths.  Sisterhood + Creativity.

That's our aim for this time together. 


in Nicaragua

  a group welcome call before the retreat

(let's get ready for the awesomeness!) 

pre-work so you hit the ground (ehem, keyboard) running


 a 90 min 1:1 intensive before the retreat to get individualized support

7 days/6 nights accommodations in our Ocean View property 


four meals a day (including a pre-breakfast snack) 

one massage in an open air spa 

a day trip to a volcano hike and

excursion to Granada and Laguna de Apoyo 

group workshops catered to the cohort's needs

(from craft discussions to industry discussions, there is nothing that isn't on the table)


1:1 sessions whenever you need them during the retreat


a guided hike to explore Playa Escameca 


daily yoga and/or meditation in the open air pavilion 


plenty of time & space to create 

a beach bonfire for our crew of wordsmiths to celebrate our progress

Note: Investment does not include airfare, traveler's insurance, transport from airport to/from Retreat Venue, or meals outside of Retreat Venue or alcoholic beverages. 






(only one spot remaining)


Bonus available for paying in full.

3 and 4 month payment plans available.

Dear, Writer.

Bleed Ink in Nicaragua is meant to create space for adventure and escape for writers ready to dive in wholeheartedly into their book dreams. Group workshops will be tailored to the group’s collective needs and the one on one sessions can range from idea generation to the publishing process. This small cohort of writers will create, support, and share their work and mission everyday so they not only show up for the page, but also each other.


Writers need community and in Nicaragua, we will create a magical one. All are welcome to take part in the activities, but this is truly a week for writers to follow their impulses and desires and get that passion on the page. Sleep in. Explore at sunrise. Write through the night. Join every workshop. Stop by my casita for a one on one jam session every day. Sit on the beach at sunset. Never leave your ocean view window and type, type, type away.


This time is for you. As a group, we will cheer each other on every step of the way. 

I think you already know if this has been something you have craved, something that you know your writer heart needs. And if you feel that, I welcome you to apply.


The Bleed Ink Retreat will be an honest, open, positive, expansive experience for writers. I have found that when I can get away from the day to day routine and have intentional creative space supported by other story lovers that magic happens. That's what this week will be. Magic. 


Let's make it happen together. 

Hi! I'm your host.

Rocky Callen

From working at Trinity University as a writing consultant to being a virtual book coach over the years, I have worked with fiction and nonfiction writers at every stage of the process.  My traditional debut novel, A Breath Too Late, came out from Macmillan/Henry Holt in April 2020 and it has since been named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. I am the co-editor of the forthcoming mental health anthology, Absolutely Normal. This anthology features a phenomenal collection of emerging and established award-winning authors. I also have a forthcoming novel set to release in 2024. My MFA is from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

My debut novel grapples with mental health, suicide, and domestic violence. It deals with the danger of silence and the tragedy of unlived lives.


That's at the heart of why I do what I do. I want my work to break the silences that hide us away.

 I want to remind you that...

Our stories matter. 

Heart wide open. Dreams full bloom. Hope in our hands.

Be brave. Bleed ink.

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"Heart wide open.
Dreams full bloom.
Mud on our feet.
Hope in our hands."
- R

Since the retreat is a small group experience, it is important that we make sure that our vision for the retreat is aligned. 

Ready to apply?

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