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Giving the Wound Air: Expressing the Inexpressible In Your Own Words

With Susan Musgrave

May 12 - 17, 2024
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional,” - attributed to the Dalai Lama  It is hard work, when we are grieving, not to suffer; suffering — personal and universal — has become a condition of how we live. Yet we are bereft of time to grieve. Writing, especially poetry, fiction, journaling…

Translating Science through Writing and Art in Times of “Climate Boiling”

With AM Kanngieser and Zoe Todd

May 17 - 22, 2024
In this time of boiling climate crisis we are inundated with data and information about the dire state of the world. But how do we tell these stories in ways that center our interconnectivity, interdependence and the power of our shared and common action? This four day intensive study will…

Untangled: Moving Past Fear in Knitting and Writing

With Matthew J. Trafford

May 26 - 31, 2024
Get unstuck in your creative project and grow beyond what's holding you back. Knitting and writing are both crafts that require working on projects for a long time. Stitch by stitch and word by word we build our creations, but sometimes this process can be overwhelming, intimidating, or paralyzing, leaving…

Exploring Ocean Mysteries: The Science and Poetry of The Salish Sea

With Marjorie Wonham, Ph.D. and Melanie Koenderman

May 31 - June 5, 2024
The ocean has long inspired curiosity and imagination in scientists and poets alike. Join us in a lively, embodied, place-based experience of the beautiful waters and life of the Salish Sea. In this unique program we will explore ocean shorelines and ocean poetry, and create our own poems that deepen…

Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Betsy Warland and Shaena Lambert

June 23 - 30, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 24, 2024.
Tapping the Stream is a week-long retreat - free from interruption - to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers. “Tapping the Stream is the most wonderful workshop I have ever attended. The facilitators helped me get back…

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth

With David Abram

July 26 - 31, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 26, 2024.
How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between ourselves and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The deepening contortions of climate change – intensifying droughts, monster floods, flaring wildfires and heart-wrenching geopolitical cataclysms – all ensure that our species is tumbling toward…

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Healing

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 5, 2024.
This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth. When you learn to express the whole truth about your life experiences – for personal use or publication – you come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions,…

Harmony Within: A Journey of Songwriting and Reconnection

With Leah Abramson and Samantha Parton

September 27 - October 2, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
Writing can be a powerful tool of self-expression and intimacy with one's deepest thoughts and feelings. The “Harmony Within” workshop explores songwriting as a medium, a practice, and a journey through which we can reconnect with our creative source, our vulnerability, and our inner wisdom, harnessing the healing power of…