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Finding Resilience through Poetry and Nature – G2010110

Workshop ID: G2010110
Dates: October 4 - October 10
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

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.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
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

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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