Call for applications now open. Deadline January 18, 2019
a one-of-a-kind writing retreat with extraordinary teachers in a spectacular setting
SUN JUNE 9 - FRI JUNE 14 2019 (5 NIGHTS)
We approach writing by inviting participants to unwrap their writing and their experience of writing. Using both unique and tried-and-true creative tools and approaches to contemplation, observation and structure, the workshop discusses individual processes and the place of writing in one’s life. It provides one-on-one dramaturgy and guided reflection, and plenty of time to write in an inspiring and comfortable setting. Participants are encouraged to bring consciousness to the habitual in order to be open to transformation.
Application is limited and competitive. We accept a maximum of 7 participants each year to ensure individualized attention.
June is the season for whales and icebergs! We'll have guided excursions around the beautiful Conception Bay area.
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WHO SHOULD APPLY
This workshop is appropriate for creative artists, choreographers, performers, directors etc. or writers working in any field: fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry or academic writing. It can be very helpful for those who need to present publicly such as authors on tour or academics presenting papers.
You may be eligible for assistance from arts funding agencies. See, for example:
LOIS BROWN is an interdisciplinary artist. She has won numerous awards including The Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre and YWCA’s Women of Distinction Goodwill Award. She was Dramaturge and Artist-in-Residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal from 2011 to 2013. Recent work includes curation of a micro-festival Injury, Illness, Pain, Sadness, Grief and Performance. Lois’s production of her playWhen the Angel of Death says ?how are you… about PTSD was named best play of 2016 by The Overcast. Her current investigations include democratization, following the objects or things, autonomy, and patience and boredom in long-form structured improvisations. Lois holds a Masters from Memorial where she has taught directing and acting.
LORI CLARKE is an artist and performer who has collaborated with dance and theatre artists and writers, integrating somatic work, sound design and music for stage and screen for more than 25 years. Lori’s individual and group work is a contemplative focusing and grounding in body-centred, integral practices - an approach particularly helpful for those experiencing loss and healing from trauma. Lori holds an MA Somatics from the California Institute of Integral Studies (1995) and is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a Certified Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) and assistant at trainings of the Foundation for Human Enrichment, Somatic Experiencing® Training Institute (SETI). See Lori's academic practice profiled here.
Retreat owner LISA PORTER crafts a safe and welcoming environment conducive to the creative process. A performing artist who works in film, dance and voice, she is interested in how we understand agency-our ability to affect change in the world. Lisa has a BA, English and a Masters of Philosophy, Humanities from Memorial. She also serves up a mean moose stew.
Delicious healthy meals prepared by host Lisa. We use fresh, quality ingredients. Breakfast (self serve), lunch, dinner and snacks provided. Vegetarian, gluten free, allergen-free choices available.
DATES & FEES
January 18, 2019
Check in: 4 pm Sunday. June 9, 2019
Check out: 11 am Friday June 15, 2019
$935- $985 Double occupancy
$1050-$1250 Single occupancy
(CAD $ plus 15% HST) See below for rooms.
Guests stay on location in Ochre House Retreat in one of our beautifully appointed rooms or at Baccalieu Cottage, a charming 3 bedroom heritage house with 2 full bathrooms, less than a 10 minute walk away.
Double occupancy is only available for participants who choose to share with a friend - i.e. we will not put you in room with someone you don't know. Both participants must apply and be accepted. Room request allocation is first come first serve.
Room Bed Ensuite DO/SO
Ochre House Retreat
South Room double yes $985/$1250
North Room double yes $985/$1250
Mezzanine 2 singles yes $985/$1250
Choir Room double no $935/$1150
Room 1 queen no $935/$1150
Room 2 double no $935/$1150
Room 3 single no na/$1050
Air fare not included. Nearest airport: St. John’s, YYT. (1 hr 45 minutes drive) Ground transport from St. John’s to Ochre Pit Cove can be arranged ($100 return).
Space is limited and competitive. For application please submit:
1. A letter outlining your bio and current practice.
2. A sample of your writing. (200-300 words)
3 Your accommodation request. (See above)
4. You contact information including address, email & phone.
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Writing With Care.
50% to confirm registration.
50% on or before February 18, 2019.
Cancellation: Refunds will be issued as follows:
100% less $50 administration fee if cancelled on or before March 9, 2019.
No refund if cancelled after March 9, 2019.
Payment Method: We accept e-mail transfer, credit card, Paypal and cheque.
This retreat requires a minimum number of participants to proceed. We reserve the right to cancel by March 10, 2019. Successful applicants will have fees fully refunded.