$280 – $310

New Moon Writing Weekend

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$280 Member Price / $310 Non-Member Price

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Come write with us in focused, supportive community under a nearly new moon and on early spring trails. Insightful workshops on writing craft, poetry, and short prose will help all levels of writer deepen their practice. We'll share potlucks and conversations before returning home with some excellent new work.

Instructed by Patti Trimble

-Accommodations included at Clem MIller Environmental Education Center, more info below.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

Is this event rain or shine? We use National Park advisories to determine whether or not the class will run. Click here to check out current weather conditions!

Class Cancelation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancelations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.

Clem Miller Environmental Education Center

Clem Miller

Nestled in a secluded valley two miles from Limantour Beach, the Center is designed as a model of ecological sustainability with composting, recycling, and waste monitoring practices, solar-heated water, and photovoltaic modules providing electricity. Most meals and classroom teachings take place inside the main lodge.

The area was the site of the Laguna Ranch until the late 1930’s when the U.S Army installed roads and barracks during the Cold War. Some of the ranch buildings were kept after purchase by the National Park Service in 1971 and were used by the American Youth Hostel. When the army quonset huts (in use as an environmental education camp since 1972) were torn down in 1986, Point Reyes National Seashore Association raised private funds for the present building and donated it to the National Park Service.

Library / science center
Full commercial kitchen
Large dining room
Bathhouse with hot showers
Dormitory-style cabins with bunk beds and mattresses for sleeping bags (NO heat or electricity)
Wood burning stove in main lodge

What to Bring:


Full service kitchen is provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle and all meals/snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.

Personal Gear

  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunk beds, mattress only)
  • Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
  • Ear plugs (in case of snorers)
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
  • Insect repellant
  • Flashlight or headlamp

Writing Equipment

  • Notebook or plenty of writing paper with a clipboard and favorite writing implement and/or a laptop computer with power cord for charging.
  • Optional but possibly useful: a small foam pad or portable lightweight field chair/stool for writing outdoors.

The phone # at the facility is (415) 663-1920, should anyone need to contact you.

Please bring everything you need for the weekend.

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