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Geopoetics Artists’ Residency

April 23 - 27, 2022
Cortes Island
This self-directed residency offers uninterrupted time for artists, writers, and scholars to work in a community of creative practice, under the theme of geopoetics. Participants will gather for meals and optional workshops/showings/talks, and are also free to completely focus on their own work.
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Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

May 15 - 22, 2022
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices! Offer valid until Feb 13, 2022.
A 7-day writing retreat - free from interruption - to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers. This unique retreat combines self-directed writing time, a one-on-one session with Betsy or Shaena and nightly fire-side conversations about craft and the writing life.

Joy of Ukulele: Beyond C, F, & G7

With Kimo Hussey

July 3 - 8, 2022
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices! Offer valid until Apr 3, 2022.
Get ready to journey beyond the basics of ukulele. Beyond C, F, & G7 is an extension of our Joy of Ukulele series with Kimo Hussey. Expand your aptitude and appreciation of this beloved instrument by embracing new techniques to enhance musical quality.

Dancing From The Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 13 - 17, 2022
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Move into your body’s experiential wisdom and reveal the soul in motion. With internationally acclaimed choreographer/dancer Margie Gillis, develop your sensitivity to the connection between thought, feeling, spirit and body as you listen in to your body’s inner wisdom, impulses, conversations and emotions.

The Mystery of the Soul

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 17 - 22, 2022
Cortes Island
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The mystery of the soul can be embraced, experienced, danced, and explored but never exhausted or diminished. Carl Jung said “The great spiritual illness of our time is the loss of soul."

The Song & Dance of the Drum in Nature

With Gordy Onayemi Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 27 - 31, 2022
Cortes Island
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Join us for the 30th Anniversary of Olatunji Music, Dance and Culture at Hollyhock! The Song and Dance of the Drum, a musical journey from the Rhythm Roots in West Africa to Cuba, New Orleans and R&B Funk.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 19 - 24, 2022
Cortes Island
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Memoir is a path of self-knowledge. Learn to tell the whole truth and your essential stories will emerge, bringing insight and transpersonal wisdom. Writing exercises and group dialogue guide you toward creative discovery, increased mindfulness, and better composition. Everyone welcome.

Discovering and Deepening Your Story

With Sonora Jha

August 28 - September 4, 2022
Cortes Island
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You may have a glimmer of any idea toward a story. You may have a complete first draft that yearns for nuance and layers. In this workshop, you will find the tools to craft your essays, your memoir, or your work of fiction by breaking out into new discoveries in your voice, your characters, your arc, your story.

Flying SOULO: Your Story on Stage

With Tracey Erin Smith

September 11 - 16, 2022
Cortes Island
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Transform your life’s stories into a Solo Theatre Show or Keynote. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and one-on-one coaching, uncover the stories that need to be told and reveal your truth in a powerful and entertaining show. Culminates in a short performance of the work created in class.
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Writing the Other

With Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

September 11 - 16, 2022
Cortes Island
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Representation is fundamental to writing great fiction. Creating characters that reflect the diversity of the world we all live in is important for all writers and creators of fictional narratives. In this 5-day immersion, learn how to approach representation of identities other than your own in your writing.