$75 – $125

The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts and Writing Retreat

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Joshua Tree National Park

4815 Meriwether Road

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

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You are invited to this 3-day retreat for participating artists and writers to encounter a series of experiential workshops in Joshua Tree, California. Retreat activities encourage daily personal inquiry and the development of a culturally and environmentally conscious body of work which can be submitted for inclusion in an annual print and online anthology. Rather than seek an exact definition of the desert, this retreat is designed to inspire questions about what the desert is and what it may represent for you. Our purpose is multifold: generate new work, form a transient community, and meet the intersection between creative praxis and natural landscape.

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Arrive November 17 to Mojave Stars Ranch, 4815 Meriwether Road in Wonder Valley. Workshops take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the ranch and within Joshua Tree State park.

Secure your lodgings near 4815 Meriwether Road. There are campsites available and air bnb as well as hotels. Indian Cove is the closest campground.

Cost : $50 early bird; $75 student; $125 full price.

Ticket money funds anthology, workshop instruction, and workshop site.

*No one turned away for lack of funds; please contact us for information about scholarships/collaborations

Contact : retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com to sign up and/or get more information
Website : http://joshuatree.transpoiesis.com/

Facilitators :

Sean Negus is a San Francisco-based poet, experimental writer and sometime digital/visual artist working in video, web design, and other mediums. He teaches composition, literature and critical thinking at San Francisco State University and Foothill College. Writing of his appears in WebConjunctions, Poecology, DUSIE, Otoliths, TINGE, and Beatdom. A videopoem of his, Recursionem Solaris, was selected for the Athens International Video Poetry Film Festival in 2016. In addition, he is co/guest editing an issue of contemporary Brazilian poetry for DUSIE for release later this year.

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Ariel Fintushel is a Los Angeles poet working as the Curriculum Developer for the non-profit Women’s Voices Now. She runs a creative writing workshop called Films & Poetry at Turning Point Shelter in Santa Monica, and has previously taught at SF State, Bourough of Manhattan Community College, Oxnard College, The American Musical & Dance Academy, and is a creative writing instructor for Caliornia Poets in the Schools. She has an MFA from SF State. Her writing has been published by Huffington Post, Zaum, Baltimore University’s Welter, The A3 Review, and elsewhere. She enjoys making audio and also illustrated poems and is interested in the desert as a place of deprivation and miracles, latent energy, adventure, malice, and mysticism.

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Workshop Schedule

Nov. 17

  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Arrive, Gather, and Meet, Drinks and Food Grilled on Site
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Retreat Orientation, Review Itinerary, Questions and Answers
  • 8:00-9:30pm Desert Initiation Workshop, Opening the Circle, Intention Setting and Creative Goals

Nov. 18

  • 7:00am-9:00am Breakfast, Open Period *period for creative council with facilitators and generation of work, exploration of ideas and places, reading, or other engagements with the environment
  • 9:00am-10:30am Commun(e)ication: Ontopoetics and Dialoguing with Place (Sean)
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Open Period
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm High Noon Ceremony (Ariel)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Lunch and Open Period *Commute to 49 Palms Oasis Site for Following Workshops
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm Eco-Consciousness and Creative Praxis: Engaging the Web (Sean)
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm Desert Alchemy and Wabi Sabi at 49 Palms Oasis (Ariel)
  • 6:00-8:30pm Exploring Locales, Dinner, and Open Period
  • 8:30pm-9:00pm Process Discussion: This time can be used for participants to share ideas, explore insights or questions from the workshops
  • 9:00pm-10:00pmBonfire Reading, Local Myths, and Histories of Joshua Tree (Featured Readers)
  • 10:00pm-11:00pm Altered States and Psycho-Spiritual Legacies of the Desert (Sean)

Nov. 19

  • 8:30am-9:30am Transhistorical and Cultural Geographies as Source (Sean)
  • 9:30am-11:00am Open Period
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Geologic Formations as Muse: Rectangular Joints and Memory Distillation (Ariel)
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Closing Ceremony

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