We welcome corporations and nonprofits for board meetings, weekend planning retreats, team-building events, as well as those seeking a change of scenery to gain new ideas and fresh perspectives. Previously, we’ve worked with Whole Kids Foundation (founded by Whole Foods Market), Book in a Box, McCombs Business School, Austin Monthly, Women Communicators of Austin, DPR Construction, and more. With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books and novels, and wifi, the Writing Barn property and its grounds offers executives a peaceful Hill Country environment without ever leaving Austin. As demand for corporate creativity increases, we are now offering specific and/or tailor-made workshops to suit a variety of business and nonprofit needs. With three lodging quarters onsite, The Book House, Barn, and Cabin sleep anywhere from 1 to 20. The “party porch” is perfect for mingling and the Barn library for meetings.
In this three-hour workshop, Writing Barn staff will lead the group in a variety of exercises designed to uncover the creative within. Once we connect with our personal creative core we will explore ways to connect to our team before we branch out into thinking about our clients and target audience. This workshop will incorporate developing your own “core question”, unearthing the poet within, a nature walk if weather permits (with a writing exercise), and generating community-based narratives where the customer and client and those who work behind the scenes all remain engaged and connected.
How to Connect to Donors and Clients
In this six-hour workshop, Writing Barn staff will lead the group in a variety of exercises to take the group from their thinking centers—the brain—to their feeling centers—the heart. We will access childhood memories, giving us the power to play, create vulnerability, and to access emotion to take our businesses/nonprofit team builders to new levels of satisfaction and connection in their blogging, verbal sharing with partners, donors, and more.