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Ourselves, Growing Older with Mary Holscher

May 9 - May 11



an invitation to the muse

We’ll gather from May 9-11, 2019 at the Whidbey Institute. This year we will focus on extending an Invitation to the Muse.

The Whidbey Institute land is perfect for inviting the Muse to join us. We have the beautiful Farmhouse space, we have the time, we have music from our beautiful pianist, Paul, and we have the conviviality of good companions. Mary Holscher and Dianne Stepp will pair their talents as teachers and poets to guide and inspire the creative writer in each of us.

We’ll fashion an altar for the Muse in the Farmhouse, and each bring a small enticing object to place on it. And then, we’ll learn how to write an invitation to our own individual Muse, taking guidance from other poets who themselves take the Muse very seriously.

We begin Thursday at 1 PM (after lunch) and end Saturday at 2:30 PM (after lunch). Our maximum size, including facilitators, is eleven. All sessions will be in the Farmhouse.

We will have a spacious structure to continue our solitary and communal exploration of growing older. We’ll have time in silence with ourselves and with nature as means to deepen our reflections. We’ll read poems aloud, as we do every year. And we’ll share thoughts, memories and experiences, and, of course, write poems or short prose pieces to share or not share at each person’s discretion.

Dianne will bring a printer, and those who are interested can learn to make tiny books to give to friends. And maybe, if the stars are right, we can make a small collection of our words for each of us to take away.

We will share delicious, organic meals prepared by Whidbey Institute’s wonderful chef, Christyn Johnson.

The cost for the retreat is $575. This includes two nights lodging and meals from Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch, as well as snacks. This retreat is by invitation only.


May 9
May 11


Mary Holscher