YOUR PLACE IN THE CIRCLE
A Writing, Yoga, and Nature Retreat
In Harriman State Park, Idaho with Nan Seymour and Scott Moore
and poet in residence Maya Stein
August 29–September 1, 2019
a large, basinlike depression resulting from the explosion or collapse of the center of a volcano.
the circle around the fire from which you tell the story of your origin.
You Belong in the Caldera
You belong if you would like to speak with the trees
You belong if you would like to meet more birds.
You belong if you feel drawn towards the fire.
You belong if you long to be restored to your senses, if you crave to be rife and wild.
You belong if a walk around the lake appeals to you.
You belong if you believe that our stories connect us.
You belong if you feel your stories smoldering inside you.
You belong if you have been building the courage to bring them forth.
You belong if you desire the space of the sky to write in.
Come to the caldera and revel in your senses!
Enjoy 3 days at a pristine wildlife and bird refuge located just south of Yellowstone Park, on the banks of the Snake River, in the heart of the Henry’s Fork caldera. Stay for an extra night to bask in the beautiful landscape.
Provisions and Possibilities
For three amazing days, you’ll love:
Expert teachings and loving guidance from Nan and Scott with special guest, our poet in residence May Stein.
Daily gentle morning movement
Personal coaching for your writing
Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) with writing invitations
Fireside story circle
Optional guided nature hikes and birding
Exquisite cuisine provided by our private food guru
Privacy and time to write
Optional activities include hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, all within the park. No need to get back in your car
Your cozy, modern cabin is built, fittingly, around the communal fire pit. Your room has either a queen bed or two twin beds, a desk, and porch.
Our senses and hearts will be ravished by a series of sublime meals, created with love, skill, and a sense of terroir, by our chef and resident food genius, Amy May.
Poet in Residence: Maya Stein
Maya Stein is a Ninja poet, writing guide, and creative adventuress. She wrote her first poem, “Papa Tree and the Seasons,” when she was 9 years old. It told the story of the life cycle of leaves, honing specifically on the fate of one little leaf that is the last one clinging before winter comes. She bound this poem into a little book, filled it with color pencil drawings, and proudly offered it up to her parents one evening. She sees now that this quite accurately represents the instincts behind most of her work to date – the desire to capture that which is most fleeting, to locate the heart of its beauty and power, sustain its life through language, and share that language with others. Maya has since self-published four collections of writing, most recently “How We Are Not Alone,” a compilation of work from her poetry blog. Since 2005, Maya has kept a weekly writing practice, “10-line Tuesday,” and her poems now reach nearly 1,500 people around the world each week. She also leads what she calls “Feral Writing” workshops, both live and online, providing mentorship and guiding students through simple, often playful exercises and activities that help strengthen their creative instincts and develop a writing practice that sticks. Among her latest escapades are a 30-day tandem bicycle journey through the Midwest, a French crepe stand at a Massachusetts farmers market, a relocation from San Francisco to suburban New Jersey, a business collaboration with her wife — The Creativity Caravan — turning a vintage trailer into a mobile creative workshop space — and most recently, marriage and step-motherhood. Her favorite body part is her left hand, as it has gifted her with the ability to sink a nearly invincible hook shot, peel a whole apple without a break, and transcribe the poems living in her heart. You can learn more about Maya’s adventures at www.mayastein.com.
Single Occupancy, $1,275
Double Occupancy, $1,075
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to book your spot. You're welcome to pay all at once or with installments. Fill out the registration form and either pay just your non-refundable deposit or your tuition in full.
Cancellation policy: Purchasing a spot in this retreat is like buying a non-refundable ticket for a concert. Once purchased, it belongs to you. If circumstances should require a change in your plans, you are welcome to sell your spot. We’ll help you if we can.
To register, please fill out the Registration Form which then will direct you to make your deposit or full-tuition payment.