Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter, and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis, was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and ran at CAP21 Theater Company in 2012. Amy has written for both TV and film. Her screenplay, Funny Valentines, was directed by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and was nominated for a best screenplay (BET) award in 2000. She cowrote the film Mr. Wonderful, which was directed by Anthony Minghella. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines and is the co-editor of the anthology Dancing at The Shame Prom (with Hollye Dexter) and the editor of Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue. Amy serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Media Center, the executive board at Peters Valley School of Craft, and co-founded The Milford Readers and Writers Festival where Gloria Steinem, MK Asante and John Berendt were the featured authors in 2016. Along with co-creating WOOW: Women of Our Words with Jody Kobak Feagan and Katherine Rountree, Amy leads and facilitates all-women writing retreats around the country for women to write their lives, use their voices, share their stories, and change the world.
Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW is a therapist, journalist, former magazine and website editor and four-time author of three books including Love Lessons from Bad Breakups and The Complete Marriage Counselor and editor of the anthology How Does That Make You Feel? True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch. She has written for numerous print and online publications including Marie Claire, Washington Post, Brides, vox.com, damemagazine.com, New York Daily News, Hemispheres and Redbook. In her therapy practice she works one on one and in groups helping writers and artists deal with emotional blocks. She is an adjunct writing professor at New York University. In June 2017 she co-led Women Writing to Change the World with Amy Ferris and Blair Glaser at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York – the trio are booked again for next summer! She will teach a workshop in fall, 2017 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City called Building Up Your Writer’s Confidence. Sherry has led workshops around the country helping participants unload their emotional baggage: symbolized on-stage by a large suitcase which she opens to reveal what they can ‘shed’ to – – a change purse. She has given relationship advice on NPR, Today and Sirius XM. The first time she visited The Retreat Costa Rica shortly after its opening in summer, 2015, she experienced a sense of well-being both emotionally and physically so profound she knew it was the best (the only!) place to hold this magical retreat with Amy Ferris.