WHAT WE DO


Pen to Paper Retreats is a feminist wellness company focused on spiritual, physical, and intellectual health. We help women of color seeking a spiritual connection to get out of their comfort zones and into hiking and writing. Through our outdoor writing retreats, we create transformative experiences for diverse and like-mind allies because the outdoors has for too long been a white, male-dominated space.

Although there has been progress toward inclusion over the years, according to the 2017 Outdoor Participation Report, the majority of outdoor participants–from nature walking to mountaineering–still remains white. The demographics of the outdoor recreation community should reflect the demographics that make up the American population.

Research from a new meta-analysis in the journal Environmental Research shows that getting outside creates endless positive ripples in a person’s life and in their community. The benefits of getting yourself outside and moving are undeniable, and writing right after being in nature has already proven to be healing as it is meditative. The peace and solitude one finds in the great outdoors naturally leads to personal reflection and we facilitate this experience.

Pen to Paper Retreats wants to make sure everyone, no matter their ethnicity or socioeconomic status, has the opportunity to experience our outdoor writing adventures.

We are done surviving. We are ready to thrive.

Cindy Rodriguez

Hola

My name is Cindy.

I am a Peruvian-American writer, producer and storyteller who was born and raised in New Jersey. I am taking my once solo spiritual nature routine–drawing from my family’s indigenous traditions and journalism background–and sharing it with the world.

I’ve created an experience that combines hiking and writing for women of color seeking a spiritual connection. It’s unique in that it caters to various levels, from nature walks to advanced hiking and journaling as a spiritual practice to getting published.

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“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to one another by a power greater than all of us, and that her connection to the power and to one another is grounded in love and belonging. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.”
— Brené Brown, Researcher, Storyteller, Texan