Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry/Memoir Overnight Workshop

Absorb the magnetic power of Mariandale’s meditative space and allow yourself uninterrupted time to bring memories to the page. We will meet and open creative channels through readings, discussions on craft, and free-writing. At 4 pm, workshop members may share the beautiful grounds, prayers in the chapel, or time to work on a poem or short memoir, before dinner.

Writers are invited to share favorite poems or stories in the evening, or to spend time working on a new piece that was inspired by the day. We will share our writing, along with supportive discussion, after breakfast on Sunday. Local residents who would like to participate in the workshop and some meals only are also welcome.

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 pm to Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 pm

Presenter/Author: Ann van Buren

Fee: Resident $120; Commuter $75 (includes meals)


Life Writing/Memoir: A Weekend Retreat for Writers

Believe In Your Story; You are the Best One to Write It
There are three main reasons to write: to write for yourself, to write for an audience, or to write for the public. This weekend writing retreat, with a focus on creative writing and memoir, is centered on
the belief that when writers leave behind the distractions of their busy lives and gather in a supportive community, they can make important breakthroughs in their writing.

The weekend will offer daily workshops, craft discussion, writing prompts, feedback, motivation, inspiration, and time to work on new or existing projects. Writers will sharpen their writing skills, meet
other exceptional writers, take walks with a view of the mountains and river, and have time for meals and plenty of breaks.

This retreat is for writers of every genre. Whether you are a beginner writer or an experienced author, you will be energized by the support, literary guidance, relaxation and encouragement. Believe in
your story – you are the best one to write it!

Date & Time: Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 pm to Monday, Oct. 9 at 10 am (all meals included)
Presenter: Magie Dominic
Fee: $350 (includes meals)
Registration deposit is $75; full payment due by Sept. 27


Writing Tuesdays: A Series

Writing Tuesdays invite you to explore your creativity in response to prompts and examples of published works where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. This ongoing series, held over six two-hour sessions on Tuesdays in September and October, encourages you to maintain a writer’s journal so you’ll always have material at hand. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. Bring lunch, if you wish.

Date & Times: Six Tuesdays: Sept. 12, 19, and 26; Oct. 17, 24, and 31,  from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Facilitator/Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CPT
Fee: $175 for the series of six sessions; $30 per session
Please register and pay in full by Sept. 9


Writing the Memoir: A Workshop Encore

Through a collection of essays and poem examples, we’ll have a chance to uncover memories about significant life experiences. Then we’ll shape our stories into prose or poetry. During the workshop, gentle feedback by class members and the writing instructor will help us emphasize our personal style of expression for those who wish to share.

Date/Time: Saturday Aug. 26,  11 am to 3:30 pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $45 (lunch included)


Spa for the Artist’s and Writer’s Soul: Reflect, Relax, and Recharge

Set in the peaceful surroundings of the Mariandale center, the week will be illuminated by a morning writing workshop, time to explore the gardens and fields, time and space for personal writing and art, evening discussions on spirituality and creative endeavor, sunsets over the Hudson, a labyrinth surrounded by trees, and an opportunity to simply rest and reflect in the stillness. Bring journals and writing and art supplies as desired. Relax, Reflect, and Recharge is a week for the self, and an invitation to a week of inspiration.

Time:  Sun., June 11 at 5 pm to Sat., June 17 at 1 pm (after lunch; all meals included)

Presenter:  Magie Dominic

Fee: $500 (All meals included)



About the Presenter

Magie Dominic is a Canadian poet, author, and artist. Her first novel, The Queen of Peace Room, was written at a retreat center, and a second memoir, Street Angel, received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Awards. Magie studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, New School University,
Franklin Furnace, and Open Theatre.

Writing Our Path to Peace

Allow nature and sacred space to hold your thoughts as you write your own path to inner peace. Use writing prompts to help you create a poem, journal entry, or another collage of words. Put your feelings on the page and transform them, in a supportive atmosphere, as we employ the power of language to cast our future in a new light.

Time:  Sat., February 25, 10:00 to 3:30 pm (includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Ann van Buren

Fee: $60


About the Presenter

Poetry: Impulse to the HeartAnn van Buren is a teacher, librarian, and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Her poems have been published in many  journals and in The Rumpus online. Educated at Columbia University and NYU, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the US and abroad and regularly facilitates poetry workshop. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop, in the Netherlands.

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