Ego Break 5/23: A Unique Writers’ Retreat in Burnsville, North Carolina

Everything Is OK on an Ego Break!

The mission of Ego Break Writers’ Retreats is to facilitate unique, all inclusive, destination retreats that show rather than tell writers how to thrive. It is our vision to creatively expand consciousness through experiential retreats for writers.

May 25-30, 2023: Ego Break is an experiential, all inclusive, writers’ retreat for journal writers, novice writers, professional writers, and everyone in-between. Ego Break Writer’s Retreat will focus on creativity, and character development. Rather than offering workshops that lecture about craft, Ego Break workshops are designed to show writers how to create. No matter your genre or where you are in your writing journey, the expanded and unique perspectives you’ll gain while on an Ego Break will open creative layers within your imagination. Ego Break promises to be an experience you’ll write about! We are looking forward to getting creative and writing with you! Check in between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on May 25, 2023. Check out by 11:00am on May 30, 2023 –Please scroll to the bottom of this page for room options.–


The Ego Break Writers’ Retreat in May 2023 will be held at the Possum Trot Inn, a 19th Century Victorian mansion originally built as a hotel for the CC&O Railroad in 1890. This private retreat is located in the rural Possum Trot Valley with a small stream meandering through the hollow amidst gently rolling hills, green pastures and far reaching slopes. Straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, this lavish estate is one of the few remaining vintage homes left in the area.


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Ego Break Experiences

The Writing of Your Dreams
In this workshop, learn how dreams have shaped our history. Many creatives have been inspired by their dreams. You will be shown techniques for working with your dreams to get help with plot lines and characters. You’ll receive a notebook to write dream requests and record your dream’s replies.

1 Hour Private Reiki Session
Reiki works to clear disturbances in the body’s energy fields, which we experience as different symptoms, such as conscious and unconscious beliefs that do not serve us. Your optional private Reiki session could help with imposter syndrome, fear of success, creativity, procrastination, or your session could be used to help with completing a goal.

Creative Channel
In this workshop, learn more about where creativity comes from and how to access that space. This is an informational and experiential workshop.

Mystery Dinner Party
What better way to experience characterization than stepping into character? If you would like to participate in Ego Break’s Mystery Dinner activity, you’ll receive your character’s information and clue cards in advance of the retreat. You’ll also have access to our mystery pre-game website. On the night of the mystery dinner, each participating guest will play out their character’s role until the mystery has been solved.

Mount Mitchell State Park Day Trip
Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was the inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. It is located near Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina; in the Black Mountain subrange of the Appalachians. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit. 

Scrabble Tournament
We’ll play a couple rounds of Scrabble, and we won’t stop until we have an Ego Break Scrabble Wizard!

Round Table Critique
Read up to 2000 words of a project you would like to receive on the spot critiques from the whole group. Be prepared to humbly receive and give constructive criticism.

The Hero of Your Journey
In this workshop, we will look at the Hero’s Journey from a personal perspective. Once you discover how you are the hero of your journey, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the heroes you create.

Ego Break
In this workshop, we’ll break down the ego, ego constructs, and ego programing. Once you experience an ego break, you’ll understand how character is created.

My Intent Craft
You’ll choose a word of inspiration and create a keychain, necklace, or bracelet for focus.

Writing Time / Free Time
Each day, there will be plenty of time to write! Get some words on the page. Maybe work out your plot line as you sit on the wrap around deck. Or, if you seek inspiration, explore nearby mountain hiking trails.


What’s Included and What’s Not Included with the Registration Fee.

Your Investment in This Experience Includes: Room for 5 nights/4 full days, all of the included meals will be prepared by our cook and served at the retreat house: five dinners, five breakfasts, four lunches, snacks, various wines, coffee, teas, water, soda, workshops, a private Reiki session, murder mystery dinner, day trip to Mount Mitchell State Park, linens, towels, washer/dryer, fellowship, motivation, and inspiration… We will do our best to accommodate food preferences, ie…vegan/vegetarian, however, depending on the circumstances, we might not be able to accommodate gluten free diets. If you are gluten free and are interested in attending Ego Break, please contact to discuss options. If you have food sensitivities/aversions, please comment in the “notes to business” section during your registration process. ***There will be a Zoom session with Ego Break’s host and all retreat guests before the date of the retreat, so that we may introduce ourselves and ask/answer any last minute questions.

Not Included: Transportation to and from retreat house, Travel expenses, Travel Insurance, Personal Toiletries

How to get there: If you need to fly in, the nearest airport to Burnsville, North Carolina is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC. From AVL, you’ll need to rent a car and drive 44 miles to the retreat home in Burnsville, NC. After your reservation is paid for in full, you will receive the exact address of the retreat home.


Ego Break’s Host & Presenter

Karrie Loomis: Ego Break’s Facilitator, Host, & Presenter

Rooming Options:

Payment plans are available with an additional (initial, one time) $25 fee for guests who register by March 20, 2023. Full refunds less a $75 processing fee will be given for cancelations up through March 20, 2023. Cancelations after March 20, 2023 will only be fully refunded less a $150 processing fee if the cancelled room is re-booked by May 20, 2023. If the cancelled reservation room is not re-booked, no refund will be issued. **If the host has to cancel the retreat for any reason, you will receive a full refund of your reservation fees paid. However, you will not receive a refund for your travel expenses.** For people sharing a private room, 1st guest registers and comments in the “notes to business” section during registration with the name, phone number, and email of the 2nd guest for your room. We will send registration forms and payment options for the additional fee of $500 via email to the 2nd guest.

Clara’s Salon Suite
Bedroom with a queen size bed, wardrobe, 2 elegant sitting chairs and 2 nightstands. This room has a private bathroom with bathtub. This room also has a private sitting room and private balcony over looking the lush green countryside. $1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Viola Suite
Bedroom with queen size bed, dresser, wardrobe and stylish settee bench. This warm and cozy bedroom is covered from floor to ceiling with original red oak and maple wood  floor. This bedroom includes a private bathroom. $1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Viola Suite
Viola Suite

Rolling Hills Suite
Bedroom with a queen size bed, private bathroom, dresser, nightstands, 2 chairs, side table and a closet. Enjoy incredible views of the estate from this spacious room. $1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills

Garden Shade Suite
Bedroom with a queen size bed, wardrobe, dresser, nightstand, 2 chairs, settee bench and a washstand. Room also includes private bathroom with bathtub. $1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Garden Shade Suite
Garden Shade Suite

Americana Room
Bedroom with a queen size bed, dresser, nightstand and 2 chairs for unwinding after a long day. A ton of natural light fills this room splashing off of all of the wood from top to bottom. This bedroom shares a bathroom.
$1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Americana Room

Lilac Room
Bedroom with a king size bed, dresser, nightstands, chair and closet. This room shares a bathroom.
$1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Ruby Red Room
Bedroom with queen size bed, dresser, nightstands 2 chairs designed for royalty, and one of the most captivating views on the property. This absolutely stunning Ruby Red room is located in the turret of the mansion. It’s straight out of a Victorian romance novel. This bedroom shares a bathroom.
$1499 for 1st guest / +$500 for 2nd guest

Ruby Red Room
Ruby Red Room


Everything Is OK on an Ego Break!

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