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The Paradox of Belonging: Womxn Writing Our Way Home

With Anne Liu Kellor

January 3 - 5, 2020

1.3.20 – 1.5.20, a weekend retreat for womxn

Where, with whom, or in what ways do you feel most at home in your body?

How do you move between solitude and community, or between silence and speech?

How can you lean into areas of discomfort, while offering yourself self-compassion and care?

What do you need to write about and embrace? 

In this retreat, we will gather to write, listen, and share from our unique voices. Each day we will: write from prompts and poems; discuss short readings by writers such as Rebecca Solnit, Natalie Goldberg, and Audre Lorde; and be invited to read aloud from our writing in a supportive space. Interwoven with our writing practice we will also practice brief walking and loving-kindness meditations and mindfulness exercises. Participants will be fed healthy, delicious meals and have ample free time to explore the beautiful wooded property, write, and rest. This weekend is designed to allow you to go where you need to go in your writing, with a focus on themes such as paradox, grief, joy, home and belonging.  

The Details:

When: Friday afternoon, January 3 – Sunday afternoon, January 5, 2020

Where: On the 116-acre wooded property of the amazing Whidbey Institute; we’ll be gathering in Thomas Berry Hall and lodging (14 doubles and 5 singles available) will be in the Farmhouse and Granny’s Cottage.

Who: Up to 20 women/womxn identified participants; facilitated by Anne Liu Kellor

Cost: Price includes lodging, snacks, tea/coffee, six meals, and roughly 12 hours of group instruction.

Payment by check preferred : $615 for doubles; $735 for singles. (If paying by Paypal, 3% fee added)

Payment plans available, as well as two partial scholarships for a Womxn of Color (please inquire soon for details!). Please also let me know if you’d like to donate money for me to be able fund additional scholarships. Thank you so much!


Anne Liu Kellor
Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and mother. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Longreads, The New England Review, Fourth Genre, Vela Magazine, Literary Mama, Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally (Seal Press), and more. Anne has received fellowships for her work from Hedgebrook, Jack Straw, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Her memoir manuscript, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging was selected by Cheryl Strayed as the 1st runner-up in Kore Press’s 2018 contest. Anne teaches classes at the Hugo House and also works as a one-on-one writing coach in Seattle.To…
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