An ecology and hiking retreat for writers

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Join us for a weekend writing retreat with a focus on ecology, climate research, and scientific fieldwork. You will participate in guided hikes to field station sites, talks on species identification and dendrology, and eco-poetics writing discussions within the spectacular Black Rock Forest in the Hudson Highlands. For writers interested in joining us in Vietnam in January 2020, this experience will give you a preview of the ecological and aesthetic inquiry we have planned for that fieldwork residency.

Facilitators: River River Writers Circle director, A. Anupama, and
Lamont research professor Columbia University, Dr. Brendan M. Buckley

We will stay in the Black Rock Forest Lodge, which provides dorm-style accommodations. All meals will be provided; let us know if you have dietary restrictions.


OPTIONAL: Friday, June 7
- Arrival after 5pm
- Dinner and orientation 7pm

Saturday, June 8
- Breakfast 7am
- Fieldwork program with picnic lunch 9am - 3pm
- Free writing time 3pm - 6pm
- Barbeque dinner, followed by group reading 7pm

Sunday, June 9
- Breakfast 7am
- Reflective hike and generative writing 9am - noon
- Picnic lunch noon
- Departure by 1pm


“...Do not assume the rudimentary rise of branches
only mirrors the roots adumbrating into routes
underground. The unthinking forget the concert
between soil held in place, shade that protects
the living who remember the dead, water gurgling
to the air that bubbles and lifts leaves and blades
of grass. The trees boom a chorus of quiet drums…”

--from “Taking Root” by Tara Betts