I must say that a writing retreat is an amazing place to deepen the practice of non-judgement (toward self and others). I spent a lot of time in quiet contemplation sifting through everything that was offered. The landscape of the Methow encouraged a gentle moving meditation that helped me stay connected to a deeper knowing.
“Wisdom grows from the “one step removed” kind of awareness cultivated by this practice. Indeed, simply naming a thing (“judgment”) is a powerful first step toward defusing it. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings create reactive judgments simply because we refuse to acknowledge or feel them.”