Why the Red House

What is keeping you from completing (or starting) the book that’s been on your heart and mind (maybe for years…)?

Does God keep prompting you to write, but you keep putting it off until you “have time”?

Would time away with professional writers (and no dishes) make a difference when it comes to
making progress?

And what about spending time away talking, connecting and dreaming with other writers?

Nestled into the El Dorado National Forest on 32 acres of trees and trails, the Red House Writing Retreat is just the place to get away from distraction and let you focus on the writer God placed inside of you.

We are professional writers who have facilitated numerous getaways, so we know what it takes to have a successful writers retreat, and it’s all included.

Just bring your writing project and yoga pants. We’ll take care of the rest.

Writing at the Red House

The Writing at the Red House retreats happen several times per year, each with a different focus. Our retreats are perfect for writers who want feedback and training on best practices. We invite a writing expert to join our writers staying at the Red House. To find out which retreat is right for you, check out our upcoming events.

Upcoming Retreats at the Red House

October 2019

Date: October 13 – 18, 2019
Writers: Anna LeBaron, Susy Flory, Tonya Kubo & Kathi Lipp 

January 2020

Date: January 05-10, 2020
Writers: Michele Cushatt & Kathi Lipp 

January 2020

Date: January 12 – 17, 2020
Writers: Susy Flory & Kathi Lipp 


7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
Each morning, enjoy a yummy breakfast (which is available between 7:00 and 8:00 before or after your quiet time, shower, hike and anything else required to start your day).

8:00 – 8:30 AM
After breakfast, we begin with morning devotions and goals for the day.

8:30 – 12:00 PM
Then, you have until lunch for some serious, uninterrupted writing time. Choose one of the many cozy spots around the house (we have four couches, two lounge chairs, and a table that seats 12, so you will not be lacking for writing space). Or, weather permitting, take your laptop, a bottle of water, and a light snack and hike to one of our wilderness spots for an unbelievable experience of writing among the trees. Finally, if you want the outdoors without the hike, we have two different patios to cozy up on and to get inspired. (In all these circumstances, cozy blankets or quilts are provided.)


12:00 -1:00 Lunch
At lunch, we talk about all things writing and have light accountability (Did you hit your writing goal? How can we support you?).

1:00 – 5:00 PM 
This is your opportunity for more glorious, uninterrupted writing. Find your spot and let the words flow. If you and another writer want to do some brainstorming, we can provide a space for you to do that.



5:00 – 6:00 PM Hang Time
If you are an introvert, go back to your room or take a quick hike. If you are an extrovert, it’s time to gather with other writers and talk about All. The. Things.

6:00 Dinner
Dinner is just a bunch of writers hanging out together, talking about writing and the world worth writing about.

(And don’t worry, there is always coffee, tea, and snacks to keep you going in between all those meals.)

7:00 The Writer’s Reward
Each night, we will have a different activity to honor you for all your hard work. Activities may include:

  • Movie and popcorn night by the fire (the movie is about writing, obviously)
  • Game night
  • Dinner in town
  • Wine tasting
  • Fireside chats and stargazing with s’mores

All retreats include…

  • Great meals and discussions with other writers (all meals are included except dinner on Wednesday night at a local restaurant)
  • Accommodations
  • Mornings to work on your writing
  • Writer’s rewards: evening activities to honor your hard work
  • Afternoons of Instruction from Kathi and the Writer in Residence

  • Group discussion and feedback on your writing.

* Transportation to and from Sacramento International Airport can be arranged for a nominal fee*

Cozy Spaces & Fire Conversations

Cozy Spaces & Fire Conversations

Each comfortable and cozy space in the Red House is perfect for writing. You’ll find lots of room for focus and inspiration.

Is there anything better than a fire in the mountains? We meet at the fire pit every night for conversation and a warm drink.


Your Writers in Residence are some of the industry’s most dedicated and talented people in the business. Where else do you get an opportunity to pitch your ideas and transcripts to writers and editors? Meet our writers in residence:

Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including best-selling The Husband Project and the life changing Clutter Free. She has been named Best of Broadcast three separate times at Focus on the Family.

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform. She is a frequent teacher at writers’ conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences. Kathi’s desire is to help fellow speakers and authors avoid the mistakes she made and increase their confidence so they can be the people God made them to be. 


Cheri Gregory is co-author of two books with Kathi Lipp and curriculum director for The LEVERAGE Speaker Conference; co-host with Amy Carroll of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast and co-author of Exhale (June 2019); founder of Write Beside You coaching services.

She loves helping writers turn the messy ideas in their heads into messages that transform readers’ lives.

Michele Cushatt coaches multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations. Pulling from her uncommon life story, Michele released her first book, a memoir titled Undone: A Story of Making Peace With An Unexpected Life in 2015. Her second book, a devotional written in the brutal months after her third round of cancer, is titled I Am: A 60-Day Journey To Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, and released January 2017.

She recently completed final edits for her third book, slated to release in 2019.

Kathleen Kerr is an editor, writer, and speaker. As acquisitions editor for the women’s division at Harvest House Publishers, she’s looking for new voices to minister to those who need the healing message of Christ. Kathleen has worked with new and bestselling authors, working to refine their messages and build their careers. Previously, she acquired children’s and tween books at Zondervan Publishing House.

Kathleen speaks regularly at conferences around the country, but she loves to come home to her family in the Pacific Northwest. In the company of her husband and two daughters, she can usually be found hiking, writing, and creating chaos in the kitchen.

Susy Flory is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of 12 memoirs, She’s written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door.


Anna LeBaron is an author, book launch expert, and social media strategist who is blazing new trails for the publishing industry.

With the help of #the4500, a national network of readers and bloggers, Anna rogue-launched Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love in 2015. Since For the Love, she has employed her enthusiastic and intuitive approach to social media to successfully launch more than 60 other titles from a long list of publishers, as well as her own memoir, The Polygamist’s Daughter (Tyndale, 2017).


Tonya Kubo helps Christian communicators leverage the power of social media to build community around the messages of their hearts. She has been building digital communities for brands large and small since 2007 and believes strongly in the power of social media create positive change in the world.  She manages Facebook groups for authors, speakers and entrepreneurs — and she hosts her own FREE Facebook Group, The Secret to Thriving Online Communities, for Christian communicators who want to lead their online communities well. 

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