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This journey is for anyone looking for a creative adventure.
Our jumping off point: the foothills of Mount Etna on the shoreline of Sicily’s dramatic southern coast. There, we will combine photography with creative writing to explore this evocative landscape’s texture through two creative lenses. Co-taught and led by photographer Philippa Standard and writer Regina Tingle, participants will get the unique experience of traveling with two American women who have, combined, lived over twenty-five years in the boot-shaped peninsula. Weaving photography and the power of writing (and perhaps some poetry) we will embark on an adventure of self discovery in warm, stunning Mediterranean surroundings. Single lens reflex, iPhones, GoPros, point and shoot digital and even Polaroid cameras are all welcome. Prepare to be delighted and surprised.
Cost: $1200 includes breakfast and lunch (with wine), accommodation in a shared room at a B&B outside Giardini Naxos, all workshop fees and roundtrip transportation to and from the Catania airport. Limited spaces available. If you’re interested, send Regina an email at email@example.com
Anybody who travels knows that you’re not really doing so in order to move around but in order to be moved. Really what you’re seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or The Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life. –Pico Iyer
Autumn in Tuscany: September 6-12, 2015
Spend 7 days and 6 nights in a Tuscan farmhouse nestled in the Chianti region of Italy. Immerse yourself in the Tuscan landscape, local food, fresh air. Limber up during daily morning yoga and let your writing be transformed. Fiction and nonfiction workshops will be held by me and Dulcie Witman, MFA, fiction writer and advice columnist. Other activities available onsite include hiking, biking, fishing, Vespa rental, wine tastings.
By engaging the senses, our writing workshops will weave the work of writing together through the internal and the external. Through the use of prompts, exercises and supportive guidance you’ll be invited to awaken the connection between your senses and your deepest writer self. You’ll be asked to bring something with you to share and to share what you are working on while you’re there. There will be time for individual consultation and for group readings. All genres are welcome and you will be encouraged to try out another genre while you’re there.
Daily morning yoga practice led by Nancy Coleman will bring us, literally, to our senses. In practices tailored to each group’s participants — beginners are welcome! — we enter our bodies with attention, breath and movement, with the particular intention of nurturing creative expression.
Cost is $1950 and includes six nights in shared-occupancy rooms, all meals (local wine with dinner), daily yoga instruction and all workshop fees. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Registration requires a non-refundable deposit of $250. To pay now, please scroll down and find payment options. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*There is no wifi, no cell reception, no TV and no air conditioning other than the September breeze.
Dulcie Witman, MFA – Since completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington, writing has steadily encroached on my job as a therapist and my home life on the river in Topsham, Maine. It has competed with hiking and biking and cross-country skiing for weekend time. It has changed the nature of traveling and reading from something I simply do for pleasure to a way that I throw out the net for my next scene or a new character. Thinking about writing, talking about writing, reading about writing, teaching writing and writing itself have become central. And I love sharing that process with others. In addition to my private therapy practice, I was a founding editor of Minerva Rising Literary Journal. I teach creative writing and hold writing groups in Portland, Maine. I author an advice column and a website. I‘ve had several short pieces of fiction published and have recently completed my first novel, “Crooked Love” which while not factual, is certainly true. Holding a writing retreat with fellow travelers in Tuscany is a dream come true.
Regina Tingle, MFA – I am a former Italy resident and native Texan who has spent the majority of my career leading hundreds of Americans all over the boot-shaped peninsula to suggestive destinations like Sardinia, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and Tuscany. I first fell in love with language in its various forms, all-things foreign and traveling when I was eighteen and spent the summer studying and living with a family in Spain. Since then I have been on a constant quest for more where all that’s concerned. This had led me to climb to the top of nearly every tower in Italy, pick grapes in New Zealand, surf in Australia and return all the way back to my hometown. I have written a memoir, authored my own website, published articles, essays, short stories in both fiction and nonfiction as well as poetry. I believe that in order to live a creative life we must make time for nature, solitude and silence. I also believe that our best growth can be done by stepping out of our comfortable realities and into somewhere completely new, into a place where we are forced to think about ourselves under a different light, unassociated to the roles we play in society and family as sister/wife/manager/mother.
Nancy Coleman, PhD – Licensed psychologist, musician, writer and long-time yoga practitioner, I’ve studied and taught Kripalu Yoga and have been an advanced student of chakra-based mind-body integrative therapies. I’ve worked for 10 years as senior staff in the Opening the Heart Workshops of Spring Hill of Ashby where a smorgasbord of experiential practices – bioenergetics, Gestalt, yoga, mindfulness, and the gentle healing of sound and music – were engaged to bring about authentic heart-centered healing. I believe in the power of body-oriented practices to empower, transform and manifest what is most soulful within us.