Book by
the Beach—

An all-inclusive WOMEN'S luxury RETREAT
in Barbados to write your nonfiction book

FEBRUARY 19-25, 2023

For High-Achieving Women
Who Are Finally Ready
To Start Writing Their Nonfiction Book




Leave your cares at home, and come away with me to the tropical paradise that is Barbados! Feel the warm, tropical breeze on your skin as you gaze out at the azure Caribbean sea and burrow your toes in the warm, white sand. Away from home, away from your responsibilities, away from winter, your mind breaks free and your creativity soars. 

This is what you’ve been wanting, what you’ve needed. Time away from the daily grind, so you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Time away to get back in touch with your heart and with your purpose. You’re as free as the wind and your heart soars, ready to fulfill its purpose, ready to write your book!


Our private retreat takes place at the incomparable La Maison Michelle, in St. James, Barbados. 

Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views of Barbados’ Platinum Coast, La Maison Michelle combines the idyllic Caribbean lifestyle with five-star boutique luxury. Entirely private, this Villa is known as a spa resort property because of its amazing amenities and services.

La Maison Michelle has nearly 13,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, making it the perfect destination for privacy, peace, and pampering.

Lounge by the vast infinity pool, read on one of the open terraced verandas, move and meditate daily in the rooftop terrace overlooking the Caribbean sea.

Retire to one of the SEVEN MASTER SUITES that are over-sized and uniquely decorated; choosing from one of the seven that you reserve. 

Each suite has a private bathroom and is located to ensure maximum privacy, while also providing beautiful views and scenery. Some open to a balcony, others to gardens, and two are in a separate cottage that includes a private kitchen, deck and plunge pool.

You could happily plant yourself at this amazing Villa for your entire stay, but we’ve planned some special activities to make sure that in the afternoons, you get to experience all that Barbados has to offer.

If you prefer to lounge at the beach, our butler Kemar will drive you to the Fairmont Beach Club which is located 5 minutes away.

The mornings will be spent writing your book, and the afternoons are yours at La Maison Michelle. No cares. No stress. No need unmet.

All you need to DO is COME and BE and WRITE


You’ll spend six luxurious days and nights receiving white-glove treatment in a luxury villa, eating fresh and nutritious food, selecting spa services, and having plenty of downtime at the beach or at the pool, so you’re REFRESHED AND READY TO WRITE YOUR NONFICTION BOOK.


In this luxurious tropical paradise, you’ll begin each morning with meditation and gentle yoga on the rooftop. Your breath will expand and your mind will clear to prepare you for the creative processes that follows. 


Each morning you’ll be following Nancy’s proprietary process to write your book. You’ll identify your audience and the purpose of the book, then using Nancy’s proprietary BookMAP methodology, you’ll create all the elements for every chapter in your book. You’ll accomplish in this week what usually takes four months!

Each morning, we’ll concentrate on one aspect of your book, and when you leave, you’ll have an entire BookMAP—a visual representation—that contains everything  you’re going to write for every chapter of your book.

Step out of the STRESS . . .



The Villa has a spectacular veranda and pool to relax, swim, read, or nap by.  The day is yours to do what you want to do.  If you need anything at all, just ask the La Maison staff.  They are on site to provide anything you might desire.


Enjoy an afternoon Catamaran cruise with your fellow writers.  Snorkel, swim with the sea turtles, or just sit back, inhale the warm sea air, admire the rolling blue waves. This sunset dinner cruise is an experience you’ll remember long after you return home. 

StiCk your toes in the sand

You’re welcome to lounge around our amazing Villa, but there are also amazing things to explore nearby. Check out the Fairmont Beach Club, go shopping in St. James, visit the beach at Carlisle Bay, explore the Harrison Caves or the abundant beauty of the Hunte Botanical Garden.  All you have to do is make the request.

Only A FEW spots available!

YOU'LL return home WITH:

  • A master plan—or BookMAP—that contains the structure, all the key points, all the lessons, and every story you’re going to tell in your nonfiction book
  • A proven methodology for writing your high-impact nonfiction book
  • A FOUR MONTH JUMPSTART on writing your book
  • Expert guidance for crafting your message
  • A relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated self
  • A proven formula for telling your story
  • An optional Mastermind group comprised of your fellow retreat writers that meets regularly until your book is finished

By the end of this luxury retreat in paradise, you’ll be refreshed, relaxed, and enthused about writing your nonfiction book, have leapfrogged the process by four months, hold a detailed map of your entire book’s content, know how to create other revenue-producing products from your material, be entrenched in a supportive community of aspiring authors, and be well on your way to becoming a published author.

The structure of Nancy's program
is my favorite part

"Anyone can eat an elephant as long as they take one bite at a time.
Nancy is teaching me that writing a book works the very same way!"
Author of The Checklist Life: Breaking Free From a Life of Obligations

What if you knew your writing, no matter your previous experience, would be top quality and publishable?

Through the wisdom and feedback of Nancy and the other writers, you’ll gain valuable insight about your nonfiction book material, so you can be confident that it will be positioned to sell.

You’ll learn that you’re in safe and capable hands to guide you from start to finish, so you don’t have to figure out the details of how to write or publish your nonfiction book.

Isn't it a relief to know that you don’t have to know the details about writing and publishing a nonfiction book to become an author?

Can you imagine how you’ll feel when you gain the skills and confidence to bring your nonfiction book to reality?

Through my step-by-step process, I’ll show you how to take your idea and transform it into a complete nonfiction book, so you can achieve your dream of becoming a published author.

"Nancy was a great find! So easy to work with and a process I could follow and understand which was so helpful in writing a book for the first time."
Rachael Andreasson
"Nancy Erickson is my teacher, coach, mentor, and friend. I value her professional expertise, and I know she puts her personal best into everything she does. Whatever she’s offering, sign up! You’re in for a world-class experience!"
Mary Jo Rennert Gremling
Author of You Are Still Beloved
"Nancy is the perfect combination of coach, counselor, professor, humanist, and whip smart marketer. Don't let her get away from YOUR dream to make YOUR book a reality."
Carole Weaver-Lindsner
Author of Pies to Die For: How to Live a Vibrant Life Despite a Fatal Diagnosis

Don't Wait!

This highly curated all-inclusive experience is available to ONLY A FEW WOMEN!


Meet your La Maison Michelle staff! 

Chef Adrian prepares delicious, sea to table cuisine for all tastes and preferences. Karen and Jeanette keep your room and clothing clean. Your butler Karem serves and answers questions. Lynn keeps the pool and grounds beautiful.

If you need clothing laundered, a ride into town or an empty rum punch glass refilled, the pampering La Maison Michelle staff is always at your service.


Your all-inclusive stay at Villa La Maison Michelle includes breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Enjoy fresh, delicious, Barbados cuisine prepared by our private chef who will accommodate any dietary request.


Chef Adrian is here to prepare fresh, local Barbados food, served in the dining gazebo, alfresco by the pool, or along side the beautiful gardens.

Breakfast, lunch and dinners are provided; delectable island cuisine prepared to your preference.  Vegan, Pegan, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free meal requests will all be accommodated.

Recharge at the dedicated bar/lounge, serving up fresh island fruits, blended tropical smoothies, and fun top-shelf cocktails daily. Rum Punch anyone?

Happy Hour mocktails are also offered daily on your retreat if you so desire.

"Writing my book would have been impossible without the support and encouragement I received from Nancy."

"She has designed a one stop-shop from book conception to final product. Thanks Nancy, Sisters in the Storm: For Moms of Mentally Ill Adult Children was a work of love for both of us.
I can’t wait to write another book and start the journey in Barbados."
Author of Sisters in the Storm: For Moms of Mentally Ill Adult Children
"Nancy’s insight and expertise helped me bring my memoir “Lessons From The Ledge” to life with direction and knowledge I didn’t possess. She helped me stay clear on my purpose and audience while always reminding me that, as I was writing my book, my book was writing me as well. Truer words were never spoken. I’ve no doubt Nancy made the most important experience of my life, being a published author, easier and even greater than I could have ever imagined."
Author of Lessons from the Ledge
"I would highly recommend this program to anyone with a book in their head who wants to share it with the world. Her system is brilliant. For the first time ever I believe I actually will be an author and couldn't do it without Nancy and her program."
Hillary Berger



As you enter the Villa, the first-floor entrance hall features an elegant chandelier, painted abstract floor, and stunning views of the sea.

From this wing, you can access three bedrooms of the seven master suites: to the left is the Glass & Mirror Suite; to the right, the Caribbean Suite and the Shell Suite.

These three rooms have fabulous sea views and constant breezes from their private terraces.

On the ground floor is The Ocean Suite and the Safari Suites. The second suite features a small terrace ideal for enjoying an early morning coffee overlooking the garden and Caribbean.

The two-bedroom self-contained guest house offers The Platinum Suite with a Murphy King-sized bed and The Cosmo Suite with a King-sized bed (which may be split into two beds), both with en suite bathrooms with closets.

The guest house also includes a separate kitchen and common deck, with an oversized hot tub just outside.





The Shell Suite is the premiere accommodation at La Maison Michelle—its shining jewel! As the name implies, this suite is designed with neutral colors and unique furniture adorned with shells.

This beautiful suite has a king-sized bed, study desk, separate walk-in closet, and a large bathroom with tub, open shower, and ample vanity.

The Shell Suite offers a stunning sea view and private terrace. The suite has A/C if needed but the sea breeze keeps the room cool during February.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

Single room only

Your luxurious king sized bed.


The immaculate Glass & Mirror Suite is an extra-large suite located on the first floor, boasting a high, intricate block ceiling design. It also features a walk-in closet, steam shower, private balcony, and large hot tub for moonlight soaking.

The suite has A/C if needed but the sea breeze keeps the room cool during February.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

This suite can be converted to two twin beds, so bring a friend and the price is $6,239 each. Book by 8/15/22 and it’s only $5,249 each!)



The bright and energetic Caribbean Suite is located on the first floor, and is the smallest of La Maison Michelle suites.

Designed with steel pan fixtures and vibrant colors, this large bedroom features two full beds and a beautiful private terrace view.

The bathroom is equipped with a walk-in shower and vanity. 

The suite has A/C if needed, but the sea breeze keeps the room cool during February.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

Bring a friend and the price is $6,239 each. Book by 8/15/22 and it’s only $5,249 each!



Located on the ground floor, the Safari Suite is as fun as it is comfortable. The jungle theme is accentuated by a large wardrobe painted with exotic animals.

It also features a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and exposed natural coral stone, a part of the original foundation of the land.

The Safari Suite has a beautiful private terrace, ocean view, and courtyard access.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

This suite can be converted to two twin beds, so bring a friend and the price is $6,239 each. Book by 8/15/22 and it’s only $5,249 each!


Located on the ground floor, the Ocean Suite is a large bedroom featuring two full beds and a bathroom with a shower, tub, and closet area. The Ocean Suite has a courtyard view and access. 

The suite does offer air conditioning if needed.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

Bring a friend and the price is $6,239 each. Book by 8/15/22 and it’s only $5,249 each!




The Platinum Suite is located in a separate cottage next to the main house. This impressive suite has a king-sized Murphy bed with a walk-in closet.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower and vanity.  It is air-conditioned if you need it. 

The cottage includes a separate kitchen, common deck, and plunge pool. It has a gully and semi-ocean view.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

Single room only.


The Cosmo Suite is located in a separate cottage along with the Platinum Suite. The cottage includes a separate kitchen, common deck, and plunge pool.

This large suite has a king-sized bed or two twin beds for private or semi-private accommodations.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower.

There is a private, ocean-view balcony.

(Early bird special: $1,000 off if reserved by 8/15/22)

Bring a friend and the price is $6,239 each. Book by 8/15/22 and it’s only $5,249 each!


Can you picture yourself in an exotic, stress-free, luxurious location that allows your creativity to flow?

You’ll spend six days getting white-glove treatment in a luxury villa, eating fresh and nutritious food, selecting spa services, and having plenty of downtime at the beach or at the pool, so you’re refreshed and ready to write your nonfiction book!

Through daily sessions and one-on-one coaching, you’ll leapfrog the writing process, so you can become a professionally published author in about a year!

Wouldn’t it be awesome to take “writing a book” off your vision board because you’re actually doing it now?

What if writing your book opened a whole new world of opportunities for you?

Perhaps your book is more than a book! I’ll show you how you can repurpose your content into other revenue-producing products, so you can continue to expand your brand, reach more people, and make more money.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be surrounded by a group of high-achieving women who respect and support you as you take your book across the finish line?

You’ll be surrounded by other high-achieving professionals who support and encourage you, so you can be part of a nurturing community as you continue to write.


I'm READY to write my book!

The investment:

  • The cost for this week-long experience averages $7,999. 
  • The normal at-home price for doing this work with Nancy is $7,500
  • Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, you will experience this exotic retreat at a reduced cost.
  • Book by August 15, 2022 and take $1,000 off your investment!




Please be aware of our cancellation policy: Full refunds for trip are available until September 1, 2022. Between September 2 and October 14, you will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds after October 15, 2022 as we have reserved the entire Villa for our group and pre-payment is required. 

If for some reason, La Maison MIchelle canels our trip, you will be refunded in full.  For all other concerns, we highly suggest you purchase travel insurance. Here are two reputable and affordable options.: Travel Guard and Insure My Trip.  

If you have any questions about the cancelation policy or trip insurance, please email



YOUR writing coach

Nancy Erickson, international nonfiction book coach and award-winning publisher, coaches aspiring authors to write high-impact nonfiction books that can change lives, save lives, or transform society. She offers a step-by-step method that takes you from your idea, all the way to a published nonfiction book. All you need is an idea to get started!

Nancy is the owner of two book-related businesses, The Book Professor and Stonebrook Publishing, an award-winning nonfiction publishing house.

I'm Ready for this!