Retreat Leaders


Dawn James, Writer Retreat Costa RicaDAWN JAMES

Managing Director, Publish and Promote & Business Strategist

Since 2010, Dawn James has helped over 100 authors fulfill their dream of becoming a published author. There’s nothing quite like seeing your name in print and Dawn cherishes the relationship she builds with each of her clients in their quest to become published.

Dawn is the Founder and Managing Director of Publish and Promote, a company dedicated to teaching you “the business of being a successful author”.

Before launching Publish and Promote, Dawn spent over 20 years working in the business sector in various senior management roles and was responsible for the strategic planning and execution for multinational corporations. She has worked in both the publishing and B2B market, allowing her to bring a wealth of experience to every Publish and Promote client.   Website.


Chief Editor, Publish and Promote, Proofreader, Social Media Manager

Christine Bode is a professional editor and proofreader who is articulate and has a keen eye for details. Christine understands how to create impact through written communication to engage audiences. Her experience is garnered largely from her former 20+ year career as an administrative assistant for lawyers, doctors, architects, and engineers. She has extensive knowledge of business, legal and medical terminology and has edited every type of document from legal and medical reports to liner notes for a CD; from press releases to websites; and Ph.D. theses to novels.

A social media manager and marketer through her business Scully Love Promo – and published author herself –  Her latest projects include non-fiction works entitled A Journey to Forgiveness: Disowning 3 Generations of Violence by Sanovia Haleemah Muhammad and When Women Talk: Empowering Each Other One Story at a Time, compiled by Brigitte Lessard-Deyell.


Educator, Writing Coach, Community Builder, and Mentor

Dr. Faye has taught internationally and in various educational institutions for over a decade. Her experience in the classroom was a driving force in her founding, Our Efforts United, a community organization in North Carolina with the motto “rebuilding the village.” Dr. Faye serves as an educational consultant, program coordinator, curriculum designer, and train-the-trainer facilitator. Her organization provides educational enrichment and personal development programs.

Her versatility is a reflection of her innate ability to accept her gifts to connect with others, build communities, and bring greatness out of others while providing tools and support throughout the process.

She is shifting individuals, schools, and companies by sparking the change that results in balance, self-acceptance, clarity, happiness, and life fulfillment. Her methods transcend gender, culture, and age to remove internal blocks and create a fresh approach to achieving goals.