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$220 Member Price / $250 Non-Member Price

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“Had I not created my own world, I most certainly would have died in other people’s.” - Anais Nin

Writing is magic and deserves the reverence and dignity we give to such things. Writing is also a personal discipline, not a competition, and it is much more than a means of gaining fame and recognition.

This workshop will be devoted to going deeper with our writing, to become better observers, better critical thinkers, and ultimately more balanced people. We can use writing to save our own lives and the lives of others. This is important work.

In this small group, Nick will share ideas on how to find inspiration and work with the students on how to develop a kernel of an idea into a developed piece of writing. He will give prompts to generate personal stories, and help the students find what is special and worth building on. This process will be focused on what is most important to the student, what they love in the world, and what they are frustrated with.

In human societies, written language has in many ways replaced a direct communication with our environment. This has led to us being more isolated, more selfish, less connected with other living creatures around us. To be a writer, therefore, carries a great responsibility: we need to honor all the life around us, be reverent, and be joyful in our depictions.

Nick holds this reverent space in his workshops. Students are encouraged to go deeper, find vulnerable areas, and be as honest as they can. The focus is on moving forward with writing, getting rid of the stories we tell ourselves about how we have nothing to say, or how the things we feel are not important. Nick gives time for listening and for reflection.

As Isaac Newton wrote, "If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason."

Writing is for everyone, and the first step is showing up, to signal to the world that you want to be a conductor for good.


Each section includes a short lecture, group discussion, writing prompts and time for sharing:

  • Friday night: How to Become an Expert Observer
  • Saturday Morning: Ways of Going Deeper With Your Ideas
  • Saturday Afternoon: Cultivation of Magic in Our World
  • Saturday Evening: Building Your Own System For Writing
  • Sunday Morning: Putting it Together

Instructed by Nick Jaina

-Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

-The class will be held mostly indoors with some time spent outdoors.

-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.

Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock

Lifeboat Station

The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.

The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.

The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.


  • Ample working / studio space
  • Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
  • Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge, large freezer, and commercial range/over
  • Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
  • Central heat
  • Projector

What to Bring: (overnight)

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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