Poetry For Living: An Invitation Back to the Self
to Nov 10

Poetry For Living: An Invitation Back to the Self

Join Heidi Barr and Christina Beck for a weekend of nourishment in the form of nature & human connection and writing & reading poetry. This is a gathering for anyone (it’s not a requirement to identify as a writer or poet to attend, but we will be spending some time writing poetry, so the desire to do that may be helpful in your enjoyment of the event...) who feels the call to deepening what it means to fully embody the self, as strange and wonderful and confusing as such a quest can be. We’ll spend time as a group, time in solitude, offer some writing prompts as well as invitations to share what is coming up for you or what you have written. Different than a poetry workshop, this is an opportunity to “fill the well” rather than critique existing work. This event is open to people of all genders.

TECH FREE!! You will be invited to place your phone in a basket by the front door upon arrival to allow for complete presence in the space and with your fellow retreaters. (You can certainly check in should life/family necessitate doing so.)

TIME COMMITMENT: Arrival/Settle in - Saturday, Nov. 9 -- 8:30-9:30am (Opening circle: 9:30am) Depart - Sunday -- 11:30am

COST: $105 covers bunk style retreat lodging, 3 meals and retreat fee. *Please note: some work trades are available and no one will be turned away due to financial need - inquire with us for more information

**Note - Friday evening lodging available at the retreat house (add’l $15) for those flying in or driving more than 2 hrs. (BYO food/drink for Friday evening and Saturday morning, or there are eateries located in Osceola, a short drive away)

Included meals will be coffee/tea Saturday morning, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Participants are invited to bring an object of significance to place on our group altar, as well as a poem that is speaking to you at the time of the gathering.

"Claim the stories that invite peace. Claim the stories that create a more beautiful world, whatever beauty looks and feels like to you right now. Claim the right to choose the things that call instead of the things that beckon or taunt. Claim the clarity that listening to the deep and still parts of yourself can offer. Claim the stories that originate in your soul, the stories that bind you to the earth as part of one universal body, the stories that proclaim your (sometimes fractured) human radiance in ways that the wind and the rain and the morning sun can understand." [From Cold Spring Hallelujah]

Heidi’s new book, Cold Spring Hallelujah will be available for purchase during the retreat, and Christina will have information available about programming at Buttermilk Falls Folk School and her inaugural poetry mentorship.

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Dyeing Wool with Local Plants
10:00 AM10:00

Dyeing Wool with Local Plants

Nature provides an abundance of colors - learn how to dye with some of them. Inspired by the ancient practice of sourcing natural dyes from flowers, leaves, berries, nuts, bark, roots and lichen, we embark on the slow and rewarding process of natural dyeing. Organic materials gathered respectfully and sustainably from the land, are beautifully absorbed by the wool fiber obtained from our small flock of Baby Doll sheep. This day-long workshop on the farm covers how to prepare the wool, dye baths, and processing samples to take home. Natural dyeing is a slow and rewarding process; learn which plants can be harvested locally, either growing in the wild or cultivated, so you can plan what to grow in your yard or wild harvest next summer. We hope you will take a day for yourself beside the St. Croix River and Buttermilk Falls to immerse yourself in an ancestral art form alongside others.

Please bring: • a notebook and pen • good & thick rubber gloves • a plastic bucket • plastic bags to transport your wet wool • A lunch, something to drink and, your curiosity And wear outdoor clothes/shoes.

Instructor Mette Biering Christiansen is a native Norwegian who lives in Red Wing, MN. She is, among other things, a textile crafter and natural dyer and has been teaching traditional natural dye classes for more than 20 years.

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