A weekend and a 4-week generative writing workshop
Santa Sabina Retreat Center
April 20-23, 2023
Your Archive of the Unspoken:
A retreat for writing with Kim Stafford
“As you grow older,” my astrologer said, “you will grow younger—closer to your essential self.” Fine, I thought, but how? My answer has been to seek my essential self by writing texts that bring forth what this life has hidden in me. At Santa Sabina, we will survey what has indelibly remained in memory, what Seamus Heaney calls those orphan recollections mysteriously illuminated in a spot of light, waiting for us to tell their story.
Details and registration for this retreat will appear here soon:
Fishtrap Writers Gathering
July 10-15, 2023
Personal Geology – A multi-genre workshop
for revealing mysteries from below the surface.
In the history of stone there is an era, a stratum, a fossil—subduction, fissure, fault. In the history of a life, too, there are these facts of accumulation, compression, and catastrophic change. In our workshop, we will delve into memory by the portal of imagination to bring home fragmentary specimens that litter the ground once we go looking. Writing in response to prompts, and sharing work in progress, we will assemble a museum of rich beginnings in poetry, prose, song, blessing, manifesto, and other forms.
I had my sedimentary era—didn’t you?
Years of accumulation left recollections settling
in layers until the ground of my existence
stood deep with mystic hoardings.
Then came the igneous events of broken bond,
kin death, catastrophes of betrayal and grief
by which all bubbled open so melted certainties
could run like rivers from my depths.
Then metamorphosis crushed it all, tilted it,
wrinkled, buckled, made it dense and strange.
Deep in my strata faults shifted, crystals formed,
mountains rose by the subduction of the forgotten.
Now I am sandstone, schist, basalt. I am
weathered by trouble, eroded by age. Now
bring me rain to pare away the superficial.
Now reveal my museum of mysteries.
Details and registration for this workshoo will appear here soon:
Orion Online Workshops
Earth Verse II
details available by fall 2023 here: