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Finding Resilience through Poetry and Nature – G2010110

Explore writing poetry that draws inspiration from the land around us. Finding resiliency in nature we will create new work or edit and refine existing work. Working with the land as both healer and teacher, we will dive deeply into the resources of nature, jump-starting our writing and infusing our work with the powerful essence that abides in the elements of wood, water, air and fire. Together we will explore ways through the writing of poetry to inspire and strengthen emotional and spiritual resilience using the landscape of Ghost Ranch as our touchstone. We will use journal writing, in class writing prompts, and various writing exercises to inspire individual writing. There will be an opportunity for one on one sharing and feedback as well as class sharing of work. Throughout time healers have illuminated the relationship that exists between people and the land to connect with the healing power that is inherent in the earth to rekindle faith and hope in troubled times. Writers and artists have journeyed to the desert for time immemorial to plumb the depths of solitude to find inspiration for their work. Whether we are using writing exercises, sharing poetry from writers such as Mary Oliver, Linda Hogan or Joy Harjo, walking the Labyrinth, or hiking in the hills that surround Ghost Ranch, we will draw upon the power of poetry and nature to uncover new realms within to share with the world outside. We will ask ourselves what finding resiliency means to us on a personal and community level and how the creation of poetry coupled with mindful awareness of the power of nature can be a healing act that reconnects self to the larger world.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Devreaux Baker
    Devreaux Baker

    Devreaux Baker’s awards include the 2017 Outermost National Poetry award, the 2019 and 2014 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the 2011 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award, three California Arts Council Awards to produce the National Public Radio Poetry Program of Original Writing from Students, K-12, the 2012 Hawaii Council on Humanities International Poetry Prize, and the 2010 Women’s Global Leadership Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received Poetry Fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Hawthornden Castle, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She has published five books of poetry; Light at the Edge, Beyond the Circumstance of Sight, Red Willow People, Out of the Bones of Earth, and Hungry Ghosts. She has taught poetry workshops in France, Mexico and the United States, Poetry in the Schools through the California Poets In Schools Program, and directed the Mendocino Coast Poets Reading Series with funding from the James Irvine Foundation.


Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
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