View of Mtns from 2 RM Cabin 2-1Last summer we began exploring a creative cross-pollination effort with Patricia Lee Lewis from Patchwork Farms Writing Retreats in Massachusetts. Patricia, who leads writing and yoga retreats around the world, has been visiting Jackson Hole for almost twenty years because her daughter Ponteir Sackrey moved here. But rather than see her mother work while in the valley, she asked her to just enjoy herself. This year Ponteir has given the nod to her mother to offer a retreat in the neighborhood. On January 4 during a workshop at the Center for the Arts we poets in Jackson got to do a test-drive of Patricia’s techniques for inspiring our own unique writing. Nothing cookie-cutter about her approach. She fostered an environment that helped everyone to see a different way into their writing, whether it was poetry or even fiction.

This June, immediately prior to our conference, Patricia will lead a week-long retreat at Turpin Meadows Ranch about 40 miles northeast of Jackson and just outside of Grand Teton National Park, bordering on wilderness. Outside Magazine’s most recent issue featured Turpin Meadows Ranch as a great destination for adventurers wanting to get off the beaten path.

If you want to completely immerse yourself in writing with a meditative component and a little yoga thrown in, this would be an amazing opportunity. And from meeting Patricia I know that any yoga that goes on at Turpin Meadows will not be intimidating.

After the retreat, Patricia is joining our resident faculty for the conference and will offer a workshop on Saturday afternoon for participants who are not having critiques. I know this will be extremely helpful to writers at what level they are at with their craft. Especially if they are looking for a little more creative juice.

–Connie Wieneke