In-Person Retreat, 2022

Time to write and reflect in the beautiful northwoods of Minnesota.

Poetry Retreat | August 13-17, 2022

We will not have a visiting writer for this retreat. It is more retreat, less workshop. The focus will be on rest, rejuvenation, time to write, and chances to gather informally with other poets in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

Click on the photo below for detailed lodging and fee information

Below is a proposed schedule, but the group will have a chance to alter it once we all meet on the first evening (daily prompt? more or less quiet time? structured discussion times or more informal? These and other questions will be put to the group).

Saturday, August 13:

  • 5 pm: Arrival
  • 6 pm: Reception and Cocktail Hour (substantial appetizers as meal)
  • 8 pm: Group Meeting to Decide on Goals/Schedule for the Retreat
  • 9 pm ( weather permitting): Outdoor Fire and Dessert (s’mores!)
  • 10:00 pm: Quiet Hours until 8 am

Sunday, August 14:

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Group Gathering/Discussion (optional)
  • 10am-noon: Quiet Time (writing, walking, swimming, sleeping, reading, thinking…)
  • 12 pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-5pm: Quiet Time
  • 5 pm: Cocktail Hour (outside, if possible)
  • 6 pm: Dinner Served at the Lodge
  • 7 pm: Sharing Work/Discussion/Social Time (optional)
  • 10 pm: Quiet Hours until 8 am

Monday, August 15:

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Group Gathering/Discussion (optional)
  • 10am-noon: Quiet Time (writing, walking, swimming, sleeping, reading, sightseeing, thinking…)
  • 12 pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-5pm: Quiet Time
  • 5 pm: Cocktail/Refreshment Hour (outside, if possible)
  • 6 pm: Dinner on your own (many restaurants nearby, or there are kitchen facilities available)
  • 8 pm: Sharing Work/Discussion/Social Time (optional)
  • 10 pm: Quiet Hours until 8 am

Tuesday, August 16:

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Group Gathering/Discussion (optional)
  • 10am-noon: Quiet Time (writing, walking, swimming, sleeping, reading, thinking…)
  • 12 pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-4pm: Optional Visit to Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)
  • 6 pm: Group Dinner at a Restaurant in Park Rapids
  • 7:30 pm: Public Reading (optional) in Park Rapids
  • 10 pm: Quiet Hours until 8 am

Wednesday, August 17:

  • 9 am: Farewell Breakfast
  • 10:30 am-Checkout

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