Zibby Retreats

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Retreats are at the heart of what we do.

Personal. Authentic. Inspiring. Fun. Our retreats are held at beautiful boutique hotels around the country with multiple featured authors, delicious food, local bookstore visits, and time for fun. Book lovers of all types are welcome: avid readers, audiobook listeners, aspiring writers, published authors, librarians, journalists… and everything in between.

Required: book love.

Zibby Retreats are a Zibby Media initiative launched by Zibby Owens and led by Graça Tito.

Join us at our next retreat. We can’t wait to meet you.

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Retreats are at the heart of what we do.

Personal. Authentic. Inspiring. Fun.Our retreats are held at beautiful boutique hotels around the country with multiple featured authors, delicious food, local bookstore visits, and time for fun. Book lovers of all types are welcome: avid readers, audiobook listeners, aspiring writers, published authors, librarians, journalists… and everything in between.

Required: book love.

Zibby Retreats are a Zibby Media initiative launched by Zibby Owens and led by Graça Tito.

Join us at our next retreat. We can’t wait to meet you.

Upcoming Retreats

Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024
Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024

Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat: September 20th - 22nd, 2024

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Zibby's Asheville Retreat

April 12 - 14, 2024

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HEY BOOK LOVERS!

You’re invited to our next literary adventure—a bookish weekend getaway in the enchanting city of Asheville, NC! Join us in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains as we celebrate the launch of Zibby’s debut novel Blank and seven other authors we adore.

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Tickets include two nights at The Foundry Hotel and all meals and activities mentioned in the itinerary.

Coming with a bookish friend? You can share a room with two queen beds! Each person should purchase their own “Shared Room” ticket.

We will contact you to make sure we have the right friend pair.

Live in Asheville? Get the "Weekend Day Pass" to join in on all the fun without having to stay at the Foundry Hotel.

Join us in the Zibby-verse! We can’t wait to meet you!

Julie Chavez
Everyone But Myself

Donna Hemans
The House of Plain Truth

Chandler Baker
Cutting Teeth

Amanda Eyre Ward
Lovers and Liars (pre-order!)

Dina Gachman
So Sorry For Your Loss

Wendi Aarons
I'm Wearing Tunics Now

Adrienne Bankert
Your Hidden Superpower

Elizabeth Crook
The Madstone

May Cobb
A Likeable Woman

Zibby Owens
Blank (pre-order!)

Tickets include two nights at Hotel Ella and all meals and activities mentioned on the itinerary.

Coming with a friend? You can share a room with two beds. Each person should purchase their own ticket. We will contact you to make sure we have the right friend pair.

Join us! We can't wait to meet you.

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Zibby's Palm Springs Retreat

September 20th - 22nd, 2024

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HEY BOOK LOVERS!

Pack your bags—we're going to Palm Springs! Join us for a weekend of literary bliss in the desert city as we celebrate books we adore (including four published by Zibby Books!).

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Tickets include two nights at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel and all meals and activities mentioned on the itinerary.

Coming with a bookish best friend? You can share a room with two queen beds! Each person needs to purchase their own "Shared Room" ticket. We will contact you to confirm we have the right friend pair.

Need a ride to and from Los Angeles? A bus is available for an added fee. It will meet at Zibby's Bookshop in Santa Monica. Details to come!

Please read the cancelation policy carefully before purchasing your weekend pass.

We can't wait to meet you!

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Past Retreats

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Zibby's Asheville Retreat

April 12th to 14th | Asheville, NC

A note from Amy Lin:

"I believe we all found our place here. I believe in our love of books, in dog-earing pages, in slipping a book into a bag for luck, in receipts as bookmarks, in underlining sentences without a ruler, in fountain pens, in the way a book opens to you just as you open to it. I believe in chocolate stores and general stores and bookstores. 

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In the gusty gale that carried us through the doors of Malaprop’s. In the warm glow of the books that were waiting on the shelves. In the white gleam of the pavilion we gathered within. In the photographs of us together.

I believe we might have been lonely or hopeful or grieving or uncertain or giddy or peaceful or anxious or heartbroken. I believe this was the place to be everything you are. I believe we were open. I believe in celebrating each other. I believe in sudden kinship. I believe in big talk as small talk, in dinners and brunches and drinks shared over warm wooden tables, in deep conversations blooming between each moment, the friends we made instantly, the bonds that told us: we are here together, together we are here.

I believe in Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the warm brick buildings, the music on every corner, the way we all may have arrived caught in our own weariness and worry only to be swept up into the company of people so good-sweet, so heart-wide, so soft-place that we found ourselves at ease, found ourselves immediately inside the kind of laugh we did not expect to make, a small but mighty wave of joy that carried all of us along, that still holds all of us together.

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Head of Retreats: Graça Tito
Contact: graca.tito@zibbybooks.com

Testimonials

"Amazing."

Paulina Porizkova

"Eye-opening."

Iram A.

"Pure magic."

Jean S. 

"Good for the soul."

Maria T. 

"A sheer delight!"

Lisa R. 

“This may have been the most fun I've had in many years! The intelligence, creativity, and interesting conversations from the other participants was truly inspiring!”—Ellen Y.

“If you love books and are looking for a fun way to connect with other readers, recharge, and get inspired—look no further than this literary retreat that is one of its kind.”—Christy M.

“Zibby and her team curated the perfect weekend. My many new friends and I are still buzzing about it over a week later. I can’t wait until the next one. 10/10!”—Swampy H.

“My expectations were blown out of the water; the entire weekend was planned and executed perfectly. Zibby, who is so kind, warm, and down to earth has created a remarkable Retreat Team that is attentive to every guest's need. The Zibby Retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will find nowhere else—I left radiating! I was in a total life slump and came back alive and ready to tackle the world.”—Sarah G.

“Being with other writers and authors feeds my soul. There’s an immediate connection when writers meet each other. We understand one another in a way others might not.”—Dara K.

“I left this retreat feeling reinvigorated and buzzing with inspiration from all of the connection and community with kindred spirits!”—Meagan G. S.

“Zibby Retreats allow you to be transported to a book lovers respite. You will undoubtedly come away feeling more connected to others and yourself. ”—Debbie R.

“If you have the chance to attend a Zibby Retreat—go! I loved the weekend full of author talks, incredible food, and rooms full of wonderful people who revel in books and writing and reading. Zibby brings together the most creative and inspiring community from across the country. Not to be missed!”—Kristen N.

“Zibby Retreats really are retreats. You have the chance to slow down, enjoy a beautiful city, and spend time with people who love books as much as you do. I'm already looking forward to the next retreat.”—Marney M.

“The people! My goodness, I didn’t expect to meet such awesome people.”—Kristen J.

“An insightful, gracious group! Rarely am I in the company of so many readers who have read and enjoyed the same books.”—Lisa R.

“Travel, books, good food, and new reading friends. What more could I ask for?”—Tina F.

Zibby’s Wine Country Retreat

September 22nd - 24th

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JOIN US for an unforgettable bookish weekend in Solvang, CA!

Join 6 iconic writers for 3 days of author chats, book signings, delicious meals, wine tastings, cocktail parties, yoga classes, walking tours, bookstore visits, writing workshops, and more!

  • Michelle Wildgen - Wine People
  • Patty Lin - End Credits
  • Silvia Vasquez-Lavado - In the Shadow of the Mountain
  • Eirinie Carson - The Dead are GodsCin Fabré - Wolf Hustle
  • Zibby Owens - Bookends

Tickets include two nights at the Landsby Hotel, all meals, and all activities.

We will meet at Zibby's Bookshop (1113 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403) on Friday morning. Buses will take us to Solvang and back! Alternatively, you can meet us at The Landsby.

JOIN US! We can’t wait to meet you.

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JOIN US for an unforgettable bookish weekend in Solvang, CA!

Join 6 iconic writers for 3 days of author chats, book signings, delicious meals, wine tastings, cocktail parties, yoga classes, walking tours, bookstore visits, writing workshops, and more!

  • Michelle Wildgen - Wine People
  • Patty Lin - End Credits
  • Silvia Vasquez-Lavado - In the Shadow of the Mountain
  • Eirinie Carson - The Dead are GodsCin Fabré - Wolf Hustle
  • Zibby Owens - Bookends

Tickets include two nights at the Landsby Hotel, all meals, and all activities.

We will meet at Zibby's Bookshop (1113 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403) on Friday morning. Buses will take us to Solvang and back! Alternatively, you can meet us at The Landsby.

JOIN US! We can’t wait to meet you.

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We can't wait to meet you at our next retreat!

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Head of Retreats: Graça Tito
Contact: graca.tito@zibbybooks.com