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The Shrine of St. Therese Writing Retreat

May 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - May 21, 2023 @ 11:00 am


The Shrine of St. Therese
21425 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska
5PM Thursday, May 18 – 11AM Sunday, May 21
$400 Members-only

The Practice of Place: Reconnecting with Our Inner & Outer Landscapes through Mindful Walking & Writing 

With guest poet, author, publisher, writing instructor and American Book Award winner Holly Hughes.

Re-connect with the joy inherent in nature. Re-inhabit your body. Experience the power of deep silence. Remember what it means to be wholly human in a more-than-human world.  Write in an inspiring and peaceful world away out-the-road.

In this three-day mindful writing retreat at the beautiful Shrine of St. Therese, we’ll deepen our connection to the natural world through mindful walking and writing practices, exploring both our inner and outer landscapes. Mornings will be spent in guided walking and writing practices, with engaging prompts offered to prime the creative well. Afternoons will allow free time to walk, read, and write on your own; evening will be for sharing writing, discussion, and reflection.  Discussions will explore how we can move toward reciprocity with the natural world on Lingit’ Aani’. No meditation experience necessary; all writing levels welcome.

DAILY AGENDA: Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20

7-8 AM   Early Bird Qi Kong followed by warm up writing practice. (OPTIONAL)

8:15-9:15 AM BREAKFAST – Meal provided; preparation & clean-up shared

9:30 -12 PM Walking Meditation/Discussion of Readings (to be sent in advance) and Writing Practice


1:30-3 PM Walking/Reading & Writing practice #2–with choice of prompts

3-6 PM Free time. Write, read, walk labyrinth, exercise, nap or whatever works for you.

6:15 PM DINNER – Meal provided; preparation & clean-up shared

7:30-9 PM  Friday: Share writing in small groups for discussion & reflection | Saturday: All Group Reading

Holly J. Hughes is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Hold Fast, Passings, and Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of several anthologies, including Keep a Green Bough: Voices from the Heart of Cascadia, the second volume in The Madrona Project series.  Her fine art chapbook Passings received an American Book Award in 2017 and her poems and essays have been nominated for Pushcart prizes, set to music and performed in New York city and Sitka, Alaska. She served on the staff of Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program for 13 years, in addition to teaching writing at the college level for several decades, as well as at Fishtrap, the North Cascades Institute, LitFuse and other regional conferences. She currently co-publishes Empty Bowl Press, directs Flying Squirrel Studio, which offers writing residencies for women, and consults as a writing coach. She divides her time between a log cabin in Indianola and her home in the Chimacum valley.

The Shrine of St. Therese Writers Retreat is SOLD-OUT. If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please contact Katie Bausler at ktbausler@gmail.com. Thank you!


May 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
May 21, 2023 @ 11:00 am
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