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Temporarily closed due to the pandemic

Hello and thank you for your interest in retreating to Anam Cara. From where I sit in my cocoon, it seems that the best we can do at the moment is wait each day to see what the latest developments and instructions are. Because of that, I think we will have to postpone booking retreats until we can find a time that will work safely for everybody. Right now, it sounds like none of us should be going too far from home as well as we should still be spending as little time as possible in close proximity to others. Please let me know how best to reach you, and I'll be in touch as soon as it will be safe to open the retreat for residencies and workshops. In the meantime, I send my best wishes for your safety and good health, Sue

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Proprioceptive Writing
Led by Kaitlin Briggs

This year marks the fourth time that Kaitlin has conducted this invaluable writing workshop.

In this workshop. you will learn the basics of Proprioceptive Writing* (PW) while in a dynamic community of others doing the same. This method is accessible, healing—and transformative. Learn how to voice your own experience and interact with thought flow. Learn how to follow your felt sense and make your writing—your own. Unearth new images, content, ideas, and stories; Unravel thinking knots—all through writing. You may be searching for a place to begin, or you may want to bring your work to a deeper level. In both cases, PW lays a foundation for creative work and gives you a process to return to. Artists, poets, aspiring and accomplished writers, non-writers alike find a PW workshop to be an uncommon event.

* Proprioceptive Writing (PW) is not formal writing, nor stream-of-consciousness writing but a regular, disciplined practice that can deepen attention and free us to think, write, and speak with strength and clarity. We write together to music and candlelight in 25-minute sessions taking the emphasis off writing, and focusing on the experience of inner hearing. (See Writing the Mind Alive, http://pwriting.org/)

Retreat Dates and Registration

Arrival: 2nd May 2020
Departure: 9th May 2020

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Kaitlin Briggs

Kaitlin Briggs

Kaitlin Briggs, Ed. D., Adjunct Faculty member of the Proprioceptive Writing Center, has been an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the University of Maine System, now retired. For some two decades, she incorporated PW into her well-known Honors Program seminar “Thinking and Writing in Honors: Focus on the Essay/Writing as a Path to Self and World” as well as her Arts & Humanities courses such as “Women and Creativity” and  “Thinking and Writing/Writing and Healing: The Literature of Personal Disaster.”

She has also published several peer-reviewed academic essays and book chapters about teaching this writing process. Inspired by her last year's teaching at Anam Cara, she is currently writing a book about writing

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