Crested Butte, Colorado

give yourself the ultimate gift...

inspiration, creativity...

solitude, beauty...

7 days, 8 writers, 9,000 feet


since 2004

Small group. Big results.

The retreat at Skywriter Ranch gives you the space, solitude and time to explore, discover and listen to your voice, then write it on the page. We limit the group to 8-10 writers to give you the maximum care and make your learning needs our priority.

36 hours of instruction.

Holly Payne’s spirited instruction invites writers on an invigorating, soulful journey into their creativity. Morning Discovery & Design sessions followed by afternoon writing and private coaching. Evenings include storytelling and relaxation under star-studded skies. All meals included and prepared by a local chef. Oh, and we like to play a lot, too.

Outrageous beauty.

Seriously. Crested Butte is the wild flower capital  of the Colorado Rockies. There is no other heaven. Just one visit will leave an indelible impression on your heart. With 20 years experience with the people and land of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley, we custom-tailor each retreat based on the unique group dynamics and personalities (including dietary needs) to give you one of the most memorable, supportive and inspiring weeks of your life. This makes a great gift to yourself or that special person.

Getting there.

Just about the best road trip from anywhere… or fly to Denver and connect to Gunnison. Crested Butte is 45 minutes from Gunnison Regional Airport. Friendly, personalized airport transportation included in your retreat. We recommend booking your flights early as summer is the wildflower and tourist season. You’ll see why when you visit us there!

Skywriter Ranch 2006 with Holly Payne