We are excited to offer our FIFTH Annual Poetry Retreat, which will take place from the afternoon of Friday, November 2 through the afternoon of Sunday, November 4 at Fielder Farm in Huntington, Vermont. The goal of the retreat is to create a network of poets who are interested in discussing poetry in depth and who are willing to support each other in their creative work. We believe this will be an opportunity for each of us to learn something significant about poetry, whether it is about our own work or about poetry in general.
The retreat includes accommodations at beautiful Fielder Farm, all meals, two workshop sessions during which you’ll receive and give feedback, a talk about the craft of poetry with discussion, opportunities to read your work, time for writing, reading, and relaxing, and mini-workshop choices.
If you attend, you will be asked to send in two original poems by mid-September for discussion in a small group workshop at the retreat. Two to three weeks before the retreat, you will receive a packet of participants’ poems so that you have time to read them and reflect on them in order to give supportive and helpful feedback to other participants. Workshop leaders this year are Mary Jane Dickerson and Diana Whitney. The discussion on the craft of poetry will be based on the poems that are received and the mini-workshop choices will be based on participant interest. Past workshops have included haiku, publishing your work, and writing practices.
Accommodations vary at Fielder Farm. In the Barn, there are two bedrooms each with a queen-sized bed and six comfortable single beds arranged dormitory-style in two loft areas, which are accessible by safe ladder-like stairs in the main Barn. We are pleased to announce that a second building “The Sled” is completed and offers three more private bedrooms and a room with bunkbeds . There are also slots available for commuters if you prefer to join us during the days only (all meals are included for commuters). Rates include all meals and use of the deck, Jacuzzi hot tub, grounds with walking trails, pond, quiet sitting area, and gorgeous views of Camel’s Hump. Inclusive Retreat Rates: Bedroom: $350; Bunkbed room: $300; Loft: $275; Commuter: $225.
A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required to register for the retreat. This can be made through this page or by contacting Tamra at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802.598.0340. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your deposit is received and your reservation has been confirmed, a welcome packet with further logistics and information about the retreat will be mailed to you.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Tamra J. Higgins, Vice President