$280 – $310

New Moon Writing Weekend

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$280 Member Price / $310 Non-Member Price

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Join us under a new moon for a weekend full of bright stars, early spring wildflowers, and new poetry and prose. Workshops on writing craft help all level writers deepen their practice of writing as conversation, and as a practice of attention to the world.
Our weekend begins with an evening of writing prompts for prose and poem, looking and listening to our surroundings, sharing interests and ideas and life stories, and meeting each other though words. Saturday morning begins with silent time to write, and a long Saturday morning workshop focused on the elements of writing craft and writing as practice. We will talk about content, description, voice, poetic forms, story forms, hybrid forms, taking risks, imagination, metaphor, humor . . . We will write in class, and participants are invited to stretch their writing by trying new forms and inventing form, or to work in any form/genre they choose. Saturday afternoon offers time to write and wander, and in the evening we gather for a relaxed potluck meal and another workshop. Sunday begins with silent writing time, and the weekend ends with a respectful reading of our new writing.

Patti Trimble has been teaching for the Field Institute for over twenty years, and her supportive and intelligent approach creates a friendly, respectful, and thoughtful community of writers. This retreat offers much-needed quiet time in the wide wild places of Point Reyes, a place where "beginners mind" seems only natural. Surrounded by the complex mystery of trees, rivers, ravens, we settle into the complex mystery of how we shape thoughts and feeling with words.

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.

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 cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.

Clem Miller Environmental Education Center

Named for Clement Woodnutt Miller, the United States Representative who authored the legislation to establish Point Reyes National Seashore, the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is located in a secluded valley in the Phillip Burton Wilderness just two miles from Limantour Beach. The Center accommodates up to 86 overnight guests in five spacious dormitory-style cabins furnished with wooden bunkbeds and mattresses. The cabins are solidly built of pine and have an open-beam design and ample skylights but no electricity or running water. Bed linens are not provided; each guest brings their own warm sleeping bag and pillow. Facilities include a large cedar lodge with dining room, library science center and commercial kitchen. Groups provide their own meals; food service is not available. The site also includes a bathhouse with private, solar-heated hot showers, a large central meadow, a campfire center and immediate access to hiking trails.

The Center is designed as a model of ecological sustainability with composting and recycling systems, solar-heated water and photovoltaic modules providing electricity.

There is no internet or mobile phone service, offering everyone a welcome respite from the fast-paced world.

What to Bring:

-A chair for outdoor seating

-Writing Utensils and Journal Hat and sun screen.

-Comfortable walking shoes

-WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, 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

A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 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.

Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Join us! Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.

Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.

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