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About the Author

Joan Anderson is a seasoned journalist who has also written numerous children's novels, including 1787: The First Thanksgiving Feast and The American Family Farm, as well as the critically acclaimed adult nonfiction book Breaking the TV Habit. A graduate of Yale University, Anderson lives with her husband on Cape Cod, where her "Weekend by the Sea" program for women seeking to experience a time of reflection is thriving. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, "CBS Weekend," and numerous other broadcasts in connection with A Year by the Sea.


After my year by the sea I came to recognize the benefits of solitude--how being alone for a time is a need, not just a luxury. I started these weekend retreats because so many women have written to me about their need for renewal. Fully aware that my year was made possible because my career as a writer is portable, and I had a cottage to escape to, I wanted to offer the same option (albeit just for a weekend) to as many women as I could. My objective is to offer you a getaway--a mini-vacation, a time for refreshment, as well as an understanding what it means to be an unfinished woman.

Each weekend retreat is unique in that I try to develop my workshops around the needs and goals of the attendees. The ages of past retreaters have ranged from thirty to seventy-eight, and they have been married, single, widowed, divorced. All that one needs to benefit from a weekend by the sea is the desire to look deeper inside to find the answers to whatever your life holds for you, and to invite reflection.

To receive a brochure with current dates and prices please either email your mailing address to Debbie at or mail your request to Joan Anderson, Box 1314, Harwich, MA 02645.




An Unfinished Marriage
Joan Anderson
March 2003


A Year By the Sea
Joan Anderson
August 2000