to May 5


A Weekend Retreat with Spike Gillespie & Amy Hackerd to Stretch Mind, Body, Spirit

Do you keep meaning to take time for yourself, engage in a little self-care, and practice relaxing?

Join writing & meditation teacher Spike Gillespie and yoga instructor Amy Hackerd in a gentle weekend of chilling out with the ladies. This is a substance free weekend. You need not be in recovery/sober to attend, however please note there will be no drinking or other mind-altering shit going down. We’ll take a break from screens, too— no phones, tablets, computers except during personal time. All meals will be vegetarian. If you have food allergies let us know.

COST for event: $200

Want to sleep over? $75 per night single room, $40 per night double/triple, $25 per night air mattress in the reception hall, $10 per night camping. Day attendees also welcome if you prefer to sleep at your own house.



Check in Friday anytime from noon - 6 pm

Dinner Friday night at 6:30 pm

Set Intent Friday 8 pm in Molly Ivins Pavilion


Breakfast 8-9 am

Meditation with Spike 9-10 am 

Yoga with Amy 10:15 - 11:30 am

Lunch Noon-1 pm

Clean Living Talk-- 1:30-2:30 pm

Journal Writing/Assignment 3-5 pm

Free time/writing time 5-6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30-8 pm

Gathering/Talk 8:30-10 pm


Breakfast 8-9 am

Meditation with Spike 9-10 am

Yoga with Amy 10:15-11:30 am

Lunch/Talk Noon-2

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Ranch Jam with Michael Fracasso & Friends
6:00 PM18:00

Ranch Jam with Michael Fracasso & Friends

Award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Fracasso takes over the Molly Ivins Pavilion at Tiny T Ranch for an evening of outstanding music. This is the start of a series. It's FREE. Please bring a donation for the musicians. Come early and bring a picnic if you'd like. Please note that immediately preceding this event the monthly Knit Party is happening at the ranch from 3:30 til 5:30. Also free. Beginners and experts welcome. I have supplies so if you want to learn, just show up and bring snacks. 

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Festivus with Paul Klemperer!
5:30 PM17:30

Festivus with Paul Klemperer!

Paul Klemperer’s 7th Annual Festivus Celebration

A fundraiser for Austin Children’s Shelter

Paul Klemperer’s Festivus Celebration 

is dedicated to bringing people together 

through an imaginary sense of community.  

This year has seen a storm of swirling emotions, and we are all snowflakes.  Let's get all melty together!

Join us December 16th for a rollicking evening of 

music, dance, and humor.  

It’s also a fundraiser for Austin Children’s Shelter, 

so we can do a little good while having a good time.

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Writing & Meditation Camp for Kids!
to Jul 13

Writing & Meditation Camp for Kids!

This year I’m offering a discount if you sign up two campers. So sign up siblings or friends together and get a great deal. $400 per camper per week or $700 for two campers. To get the discount you need to pay in full and it is non-refundable, though if your plans change you can transfer/sell your child’s spot. 

We will create magazines, write and perform skits, practice the Art of Conversation, have quiet reading time, eat snacks, meditate, and if it’s not too hot do some fun stuff outside. Last summer we made a rock garden. On the final day of camp the campers will do a presentation for friends and family. 

Camp is for kids 10-15 (inclusive). Camp enrollment is capped at 20 attendees per session. We meet from 9 am - 5 pm each day M-F. It’s cool to drop off as early as 8:30 and pickup as late as 5:30 pm

One Week Only! July 9 - 13

Camp is located at the Tiny T Ranch in Garfield, Texas, ten minutes east of the Austin Airport, a super quick drive from South Austin, and not too bad coming from North Austin, especially if you use the toll road.


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Spring Memoir Writing Workshop Series
to Apr 4

Spring Memoir Writing Workshop Series

Workshops are held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 1 pm at the Tiny T Ranch in Garfield, TX, about twenty minutes from South Austin, and on Thursdays from 7 pm - 9 pm at a studio in The Canopy community, on Springdale Road in East Austin. Cost is $160 per six-week session. This entitles you to attend as many of the sessions as you wish-- up to twelve total across the W & Th sessions. Below are the dates for the next series. I sure hope you can join us. If you want to sign up, just email me at and I'll send you all the details.

Feb 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5


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Celebration of Pop!
12:00 PM12:00

Celebration of Pop!

We sure hope you can come and help us celebrate the life of Pop, who spent his last year rocking out at the Tiny T Ranch. We will plant things from noon til 1 (please, if you wish, bring a tree, a packet of seeds, or some cacti), then sing and tell stories til around 2:30. After that it's a potluck. Please bring a dish. Thanks for loving Pop. 

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