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

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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.

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)

 

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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 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, two-hour sessions on Tuesdays in October and November, 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:Tuesdays: Oct. 24, and 31, and Nov. 7, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Facilitator/Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CPT
Fee: $90 for the Series or $30 per session

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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

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About the Presenter

Magie Dominic, writer and artist, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs, The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel, have been nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, Book of the Year Award/Memoir – ForeWord Magazine, the Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award, 2017.

She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award and co-authored  H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends, Eco Poetry, and Belles Lettres/Beautiful Letters. She has written for the Toronto Globe and Mail and The Village Voice

Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection and her theater archives are with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York including a presentation at The United Nations.

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)

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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 4pm, 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 1pm to Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1pm

Presenter/Author: Ann van Buren

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

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About the Presenter

Ann 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 New York University, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and regularly facilitates poetry workshops. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop in the Netherlands.

Life Writing/Memoir: A Weekend Writing Retreat

Whether your writing is for personal journals or for publication, there are aspects we share as writers. This weekend writing retreat, with a focus on creative non-fiction and fiction, is centered on the belief that when we leave behind the disruptions of our busy lives and gather in a supportive community we make important breakthroughs in our writing. This weekend is for everyone, and for those who have been on previous retreats, the weekend will be an opportunity to go a little deeper into the spiritual life as well as the writing life.

The weekend will reinforce the writer’s life, (re)-discover the writer’s soul, offer daily workshops, craft discussion, writing prompts, feedback, motivation, inspiration and time to work on new or existing projects. The retreat is open to writers of every genre, both beginners and advanced. Writers will sharpen 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.

Whether you are a beginner writer or a published 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!

Dates & Times: Fri., Jan. 26 at 5pm to Sun., Jan. 28 at 1pm
Presenter: Magie Dominic
Fee:  $225
$75 deposit required at registration; early registration is encouraged. Please pay in full by Jan. 15

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About the Presenter

Magie Dominic, writer and artist, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs, The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel, have been nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, Book of the Year Award/Memoir – ForeWord Magazine, the Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award, 2017.

She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award and co-authored  H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends, Eco Poetry, and Belles Lettres/Beautiful Letters. She has written for the Toronto Globe and Mail and The Village Voice

Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection and her theater archives are with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York including a presentation at The United Nations.

Writing Retreat with Paula D’Arcy: The Heart and Soul of the Writer

Come together with others who love to write, whether you are skilled or a beginner. Contemplate your life through writing until the silenced voices begin to speak and you feel the power of words and the sound of your own voice. Writing practice will fill our days, and film will also be used. Required reading:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Date & Time: Wed., June 27 at 5 pm to Sun., July 1 at 11am (all meals included)

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy, MEd

Fee: $550

Please register and pay in full by June 13

 

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About the Presenter

Paula D’Arcy is a well known author of 13 books, and has also toured for ten years performing in an original play.  In addition to her writing she is an internationally recognized speaker and retreat facilitator. In 2001 she founded Red Bird Foundation, which supports those in need of healing.

Memoir and Meaning: Writing Your Life Stories

In this workshop you will learn to shape your experiences and reflections into compelling prose. In essence, you will pour your stories into a narrative container that will hold them and maximize their power both for you and your readers. In the process, you’ll come to more deeply recognize and appreciate the meaning in your own sacred journey. The work of fine writers-some famous, some not-will inform and inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The workshop is perfect for new or struggling memoirists. Bring paper and pen or a laptop.

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Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir All Day 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. A day long workshop where members may explore the beautiful grounds, pray in the chapel, or time to work on a poem or short memoir. Writers are invited to share favorite poems or stories, or to spend time working on a new piece that was inspired by the day. We will share our writing, along with supportive discussion.  Spend the day at Mariandale writing and sharing memories. All writing levels are welcome to attend.

Presenter: Ann van Buren

 

 

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