On Campus Program

The Story You Have to Tell


If you’re ready to share your truest, saddest, hardest, funniest, most interesting stories, this program is for you. Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed helps you tap into and express the stories you’ve lived, imagined, repeated, remembered, forgotten, or denied. Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, whether your stories manifest as fiction, memoir, letters, journal entries, or poems, learn how to write with courage, compassion, depth, and love.

Through lectures on elements of the writer’s craft, as well as the barriers that keep you from fearlessly accessing your creative voice, Cheryl shares everything she knows about writing and living a creative life, fostering a supportive environment to explore your stories. Through group and individual writing exercises, this program is an opportunity to

  • Write the stories you ache to tell
  • Ignite your creativity
  • Share your work with others, and go deeper into your own.

Note Please bring a notebook and pen for writing during program sessions. Given the popularity of this program, we anticipate a full room. 

“Cheryl Strayed made me believe I have a story to tell and gave me the tools to tell it.” —Melanie S.

“Any chance you have to take a class with Cheryl Strayed—take it, grab it with both hands, and don’t look back. Your life will be changed in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.” —Angela L.

Note All program sessions will be livestreamed online from the Kripalu campus.

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds


Can't make the on campus experience of this program? We are now offering a livestream option for this upcoming program.

Learn more.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Creative Expression


Cheryl Strayed is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Wild; the New York Times best-sellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough; and the novel Torch.

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