Muscle & Heart Retreat – Hawaii – April 2-9, 2018

MUSCLE & HEART is a writing, yoga, and fitness retreat.

It’s a chance to spend some quality time with a writing project that feels important to you — like a book, blog, speech, screenplay, e-course, or website — in a beautiful, uplifting setting.

You’ll stay in a historic mansion in Hilo, a charming seaside town on the Big Island of Hawaii. All activities and meals are included.

Delicious food. Yoga classes every morning. Black sand beaches. Soaking in mineral pools. A full-body massage. Lots of free time to think, write, and exhale. You’ll leave feeling strong and recharged — most likely, with several new friends.

See you in paradise!


This retreat is $3,225 – $4,275, depending on which bedroom you choose. (To reserve a room, please head over here.)

Your payment includes:

— 7 nights accommodation. Private bedroom in a historic mansion on the Wailuku River.

— 7 morning workouts. Wake up with energizing yoga classes in the sunshine, outside on the lanai.

— 7 evening meditation/stretching sessions. Wind down with restorative yoga just before bedtime, surrounded by flickering candlelight.

— Writing classes. Inspiring writing classes with Alex every day, followed by 4 hours of independent writing time to dive into your project.

— Breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Healthy, tasty food. Plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

— Island adventures. Beach trip. Farmer’s Market. Hula lesson with a legendary local teacher. Soaking in hot mineral pools.

— A full-body massage. 60-minute massage with a phenomenal local healer.

— Airport pick-up, drop-off, and transportation around the island. No need to rent a car. We’ll swing by and whisk you everywhere you need to be.

— Thoughtful details. Coconut bath salts to soak your muscles after a long day. Fresh flowers by your bed. Postcards and stamps to mail a note back home. Lots of love.

— 6 weeks of coaching after the retreat ends. Keep the creativity and momentum alive… even after you leave the island. Alex will check-in — weekly — to see how you’re doing with your project. You can also send over a draft of something you’ve written and get feedback and encouragement.


April 2, 2018: Fly into Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the Big Island of Hawaii. Arrive whenever you want (flexible check-in time), unpack, sip some chilled coconut water, and settle into the house.

April 3 – 8, 2018: Writing classes. Yoga/workouts. Island activities.

April 9, 2018: Pack up and leave whenever you want (flexible check-out time) and grab one last farewell hug on your way to the airport!


Alexandra Franzen is an author, entrepreneur, and writing coach/consultant.

She has led writing workshops and retreats in 18 cities around the world. One of her events was named one of the “50 Best Conferences to Attend This Year” by The Muse.

Alexandra’s writing has been featured on websites like Time, Forbes, HuffPo, Newsweek, and Lifehacker, as well as in song lyrics, and stenciled onto fine art paintings. She’s been mentioned in places like The New York Times Small Business Blog, BuzzFeed, and Inc.

Her latest book is You’re Going to Survive, a collection of true stories about dealing with discouraging experiences at work — and staying optimistic, no matter what. You can learn more about Alex here, and you’ll find her books over here.


You registered for the retreat, but now you can’t make it? Bummer!

– If you’re canceling because you’re dealing with a serious illness/medical crisis, we can give you a refund, switch you into another retreat (if there’s space), or figure out some other arrangement that works for you.

– If you’re canceling for any other reason (“I changed my mind,” “I forgot to book my flights in time,” “I feel too nervous to show up,” “I didn’t coordinate childcare,” “My lawn needs to be watered,” etc.)… then, sorry, but you will NOT receive a refund. This is a firm policy. Please don’t register unless you are 100% excited and ready to show up. Otherwise, it’s just a big headache for everyone involved. Thank you for understanding.


To reserve your bedroom, please fill out this application. You’ll get a response in 1-2 days. Thank you!



“This trip has been such an incredible reminder of what’s possible in life, on a daily basis. Waking to the sounds of nature, moving our bodies in ways that feel good and make us strong (even while recovering from injuries!), delicious meals and conversations, daily adventures, AND time blocked out to do the work we’re meant to be doing in the world. I had so much fun AND I got lots of work done!”
–Laura Sprinkle, Branding, web design, and product launch specialist,

“When I signed up for MUSCLE & HEART, I had doubts I could be genuinely sparked out of my stubborn perfectionism. I had doubts the time and investment would really bring lasting effects for how I see myself as a writer and what I could get done. I have no more doubts. I don’t expect it to ever be effortless, but this retreat really created a monumental shift in how I’m envisioning myself — a shift that will take me anywhere I want to go. I couldn’t have predicted a greater outcome. You do really good stuff, Alex. You’ve got a fan for life.”
–Katie Gertsch, Reservations and Marketing Manager at Purcell Heli-Skiing,

“I have come back from the retreat with this re-connection to my personal writing voice that I had almost been afraid to hope I could find again. It feels so damn good to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and express myself for both my business and for myself. And thank you, Alex, for offering to continue to work with us for a few more weeks afterwards. It helps me to stay on track knowing that you will be there to give me some constructive feedback and cheering me on. So very happy!”
–Valerie Tookes, Holistic Health Coach,