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Family Week: Elements of Community
Instructor: Mimi Herman
Start Date: 6/30/19, End Date: 7/6/19
Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 6/30/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm
Invitation: I can’t wait to play with you during family week. Everything I’ve planned for you is designed to be relaxing or invigorating – or both at the same time! We’ll be creatively napping, writing poetry, joining together as a community to get to know each other through improv games, and building family structures using everything from our own bodies to pipe cleaners, felt, foam and magic. Then there’s the excitement of getting to play with your other instructors – Katrina Jamison, Madi Sato and Tim McLaughlin and the Ghost Ranch Outdoor Adventure Team. This week is all about play and delight – and you’ll emerge from it with a deep sense of yourself, your family and our Ghost Ranch community.
Learning Outcomes: In this workshop you will: indulge in a guided relaxation and visualization journey – and wake inspired to write a poem; play improvisation games to learn about yourself and deepen our community; discover your own family community through inventive sculptures.
Morning workshops will be a round robin of arts, music, storytelling, and outdoor adventures.
Fused Glass Is Hot – Katrina Jameson
Poetry and Improv – Mimi Herman
Earth Praise Songs and Exploring the Land – Madi Sato & Tim McLaughlin
Outdoor Adventure – Ghost Ranch Outdoor Adventure Team
Afternoons are for free time.
Evening activities include music and movement, creative community, learning and laughter.
Instructor Background: Mimi has recently completed her novel THE KUDZU QUEEN and is currently working on a collection of her poetry. She has spent much of the spring traveling, ranging from California to Oregon to Texas and back home to North Carolina with later jaunt to Manasota Key, Florida as an invited artist at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Between her writing, her work as a Kennedy Center teaching artist, her arts-integrated residencies in the schools and her Writeaways in North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, France and Italy, she stays fairly busy.
Provided Materials: Clay, art paper, writing paper, pencils and pens, pipe cleaners, ribbons, foam, felt, assorted fripperies (buttons, glass stones, marbles, etc.)
What to Bring: Your memories, your dreams and a sense of humor! Oh, and wear comfortable clothes – no fancy duds required.
FAQs: Q: What if I hate writing poetry? Will you make me do it? A: Don’t laugh, but by the time you wake up from your poetry nap, you’re going to be so full of ideas for writing poetry, you won’t want to stop.
Q: But I mean it, I can’t write poetry. A: I believe everyone’s a poet. In fact, I also believe everyone’s an artist, musician, dancer and actor. It’s our job as teachers to make a place where you can have fun making art.
Q: I get self-conscious. Are you going to make me read in front of everybody? A: Baby steps. Whatever you’re comfortable reading, that’s what you’ll get to read.
Q: What if I come with a very small family? Will I still feel comfortable at Family Week? A: Family Week at Ghost Ranch is a very special time, in a very special place. Within minutes you’ll discover that you have two families: the one you came with and your extended Ghost Ranch family. At the end of the week you’ll want to pack everyone in your suitcase to take home with you!
Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio
Poemcrazy by Susan Woolbridge
The Practice of Poetry by Robin Behn and Chase Twichell
Beyond Words: Writing Poems with Children by Elizabeth McKim and Judith W. Steinbergh
Writing Across Culture by Edna Kovacs
Wishes, Lies and Dreams by Kenneth Koch
The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet by Dave Morice
Poetry 180 by Billy Collins
The Trickster’s Hat by Nick Bantok