January 12-14th, 2018 Weekend Retreat


This is a video of 2016’s wonderful workshop – you may see some of these people return for more.

Gary Schwartz offers a weekend workshop intensive at Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Duvall, WA   Total Cost:$395.00.

Improvisation is not an exchange of information between players;
it is communion. – Viola Spolin

People say Improv is terrifying. No, it’s not!  It’s fun!
If you can play a game you can improvise. 

Viola Spolin once said “Acting requires presence. Playing produces this state.”
Enjoy a fun weekend playing and absorbing the philosophy of Viola Spolin in a rural setting. Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Duvall, WA

What can I expect from this workshop?

  1. Reach into the unknown through play.
  2.  Experience creative transformation through Spolin Games.
  3. Transformation of the individual, the group and the culture through true play! Pure play!
  4. Amplify your intuitive power to reach new levels of creativity, artistry, collaboration, 
  5. Go forth into the unknown and transform your life.

– This workshop is open to all levels – 

“Gary Schwartz is a gifted player and coach. He has a thorough understanding of my work.”- Viola Spolin

“Gary Schwartz was very close to Viola for years, and one of her best students. I’ve had him in several workshops now and find he’s the best side coach around, including me.” – Paul Sills

. You can arrive at the Hollow and check in anytime after 4 pm.

We will meet & greet on Friday, have dinner at 6 pm and play from 7:30 pm – 10 pm in their 30 foot yurt, where the workshop will take place.

  • Saturday we will start at 9am – 12 noon. Break for lunch and resume from 2pm – 5pm. In the evening another session. 8pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday we will gather at 10am in the yurt and play until 2pm. In all 12 hours of instruction.

About the accomodations: Accomodations are not included. They have several bedrooms sleeping up to twenty-two people. All the rooms are beautifully furnished, many with antiques, in a bed and breakfast style. The beds and bedding were chosen to provide the utmost comfort. Bathrooms are shared, one for every two bedrooms.
Some people prefer to pitch a tent or sleep on a pad on the floor in the living room, on covered porch, or in the yurt.
Rooms and sleeping arrangements are to be paid by attendees. Rooms range from $25 – $100 per night depending on your choice of private, shared rooms or camp out.