Who could use a breakthrough…
or maybe just a break?
Check out a free week's worth of creative exploration and engaging conversations designed to light you up and make things feel fun again.
“I am not easily impressed, but this has surpassed anything I could have imagined.”
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“I learned something in every session.
Not one moment was wasted.”
– Susan Cristini
“Best. Week. Ever.”
- Stephanie Fairbank
“This has been a truly transformative experience.”
- Tara Carrington
It's rain or shine. Bug free.
And you won't have sit around in a wet bathing suit for extended periods.
What you will do...
Experiment with new ideas and approaches to your work (whether that’s your career, your business, or stuff you do just because you like it). We’ll do some seriously fun things—without taking ourselves too seriously.
Hear from authors, makers, and creators of all types who make creative play a critical part of their work—and participate in workshops with open-minded, positive people who are rooting for you.
You’re going to generate ideas, stories, and strategies, using the page as a discovery tool. The Gateless Method will change the way you approach the page as a tool for self-discovery.
What you will discover...
Why goofing off and playing around can foster creative problem solving.
How to make space for magic in your life and your work.
How to tap your inner teenager (and your old summer crush) to catapult your creative energy.
Ways to redefine, and reimagine, what freedom looks like for you.
How to find the power in what you already know — and recognize why it's worth sharing
How to keep the critic from crushing your creative spirit.
Ways to sharpen your intuition by connecting with nature.
How one stand-up comic-turned-creative-entrepreneur keeps his creative energy ticking
How a buttoned-up banker-turned-intuitive unlocked the secret to getting what you want (and the reasons why you haven't)
How a successful entrepreneur's stoic outlook frees her from fear of failure
How a bestselling-novelist-turned-writing-guru overcame her inner critic
All of the fun. None of the bugs.
It's kinda like if you could...
... Put your business brain in a bathing suit.
... Swim laps on your laptop.
... Make your LinkedIn profile and your inner artist bunk for a week in the same cabin.
... Weave your stories and ideas together into something better than those dumb plastic lanyards we used to make.
“Whip smart, generous and authentic.”
-Kelley Colihan Robertson,
What to expect...
Here’s what each day looks like:
Start each day with a dip onto the page. Terri will lead you through a brief meditation and writing prompt, followed by some feedback. Insights and sparks abound!
Set out to explore new territory with an expert guide! You'll engage in an interactive session and conversation with Terri and her guest, and together you'll gain fresh insights and check out a new path.
Meet back by the fire to listen to and chat with a featured guest about how they keep their creative wheels turning and use those efforts to power their work.
"If we let it, play can be the secret to contentment. Not because it provides happiness or pleasure…but because it helps us pursue a greater respect for things, people, and situations around us.”
– Ian Bogost, Play Anything
an award-winning writer, speaker, brand advisor, and author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You (Atria/Simon & Schuster, December 2021). Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has surpassed 7.5 million views, and Hubspot named her one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it.” A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show and featured in Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. Certified in the Gateless method for capturing creative genius, she leads workshops and retreats all over the country to help professionals of all stripes take their stories and ideas from page to stage and beyond. Terri earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and her literary work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, New Millenium Writings, and The Baltimore Review, where she won first place in their 2016 creative nonfiction contest. Terri has also performed stand-up all over New York City and lives in Manhattan. More at territrespicio.com.
Kathleen is the author of MINDSTORMS: 25 Exercises to Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur, is a marketing and business coach who helps entrepreneurs find more ways to bring in new revenue streams without risking burnout. You can find her online at KathleenCelmins.com. She’s also on all the social media channels. She’s worked with all stages of entrepreneurs, and loves showing the possibilities of making (more) money online.
Kate Vanden Bos
is an intuitive guide and nature-based coach. Kate specializes in guiding you to live a life that is led by the magic of your intuition and encourages you to take a completely fresh look at the landscape of your life! She explores the ways in which the natural world of spirit is always talking to you - and it’s very chatty! To be able to hear it, you need to (re)learn to listen. And it’s easier than you might think… Leading with Intution.
Becky is the founder of Read to Me Literary Arts, host of the Read to Me podcast, and certified teacher of the Gateless Writing method. A former journalist and magazine editor, she’s led hundreds of groups, where writers learn to dazzle readers with fresh, brilliant work. She is a 2022 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies, and she’s is working on a novel.
Kevin is a former stand-up comedian turned direct response copywriter turned freelancing coach. Founder of copychief.com where misfit creatives learn to thrive as entrepreneurs without compromising their art.
Daisy was a recipient of the 2016 Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College and was a 2019–20 fellow in the BookEnds novel revision fellowship. Her debut novel, My Last Innocent Year, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. (Feb. 2023).
Daisy attended Dartmouth College and received graduate degrees from Columbia University and Bank Street Graduate School of Education.
is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, certified coach, and founder of The Receiving School®. She is a former type-A corporate banker who discovered there was more to life than making money. Patty holds a masters in psychology and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and Daily Worth.
She blends brain science and metaphysics to help her fellow humans manifest their dreams into reality.
Ilise is the founder of Marketing Mentor, host of Marketing Mentor podcast, and author of several books including, The Creative Professional's Guide to Money. For the last 35 years, she has made it her business to teach basic business skills – marketing, money and mindset – to creative professionals who should have learned them in school but, alas, did not because it’s not taught in school. That’s the mission she’s on with Marketing-Mentor.com. Be sure to sign up for her Quick Tips!
Suzanne is an award-winning, bestselling author whose books have been translated widely abroad and optioned for film. She is the founder of Gateless Writing, Inc, a literary arts organization based on creative brain science and ancient Zen, offering writers a sanctuary, a worldwide network, industry know-how and the resources they need to create writing that moves a crowd.
You can find her (and her writers) at www.gatelesswriting.com.
copywriting and email expert, founder of Talking Shrimp, co-creator with Marie Forleo of The Copy Cure, and author of forthcoming book, Tough Titties (Hachette 2023). She will tell you she’s an unapologetic lazy person, but given how much she has accomplished, we all find this hard to believe.
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About Terri Trespicio
Terri Trespicio is an award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor. She helps individuals and organizations to nail their messaging and engage clients, customers, and fans. She also leads writing workshops and retreats all over the country to help people tap their creative genius. Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has more than 7 million views. She was recently named by Hubspot as one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it” and cited as one of the world’s leading creatives by Creative Boom magazine. A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. Her work has been featured Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. She leads several events and retreats each year for people who want to surface their own creative genius. An in-demand, top-rated speaker, Terri is also a stand-up comic and has performed all over New York City and beyond. She lives in Manhattan.