Sundog Poetry Retreat is both retreat and workshop. Small groups of poets (5-7) gather to relax, discuss poetry, and workshop poems in a supportive, noncompetitive atmosphere, enjoy delicious meals, and participate in a reading at a local art gallery.
Participants make their own accommodations (recommendations are given on website). Each retreat/workshop lasts two full days with lunch and dinner for both days included in the rates. There is an optional arrival dinner the night before each retreat. Participants are required to submit two or three poems before the beginning of the retreat for group feedback and provide feedback to others.
Retreats/workshops are theme-based. New retreats are continually added so check back frequently for the one(s) that best suits your interest.
Designed for a small group of 5 to 7 poets, each retreat focuses on a different theme. Some of these themes include narrative poetry, nature, social justice, poetry of place, the poets of Vermont, forms and structures, and an introduction to poetry.
The goals of all workshops are to keep the writer writing and for each participant to learn something significant about poetry, whether about his or her own poems or about poetry in general.
Tamra J. Higgins earned an MFA in Poetry in 2012 from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine under the tutelage of Joy Harjo, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Tony Barnstone, Kazim Ali, and Annie Finch. Higgins also holds a Masters Degree in Education and a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics. With 18 years experience in the classroom, she is sensitive to and understands individual learning styles and needs. Higgins is President of the Poetry Society of Vermont. Her blog, The Quality of Light at www.tamrajhiggins.com, consists of frequent posts of original new work and commentary on various topics related to poetry. You can also find various poetry projects at this site. Her poems have been published in Vermont Magazine, Avocet, The Aurorean, The Mountain Troubadour, and Stonecoast Lines.
Your Host and Retreat Operator: Tamra J. Higgins.
Region: Sundog Poetry Retreat is located in north central Vermont, USA. Tucked away in the Green Mountains, the area provides accessible mountains, rivers, woods, and peace and quiet. Within five miles of the retreat is Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort and Mount Mansfield State Forest. It is famous for its fall foliage colors, its spring sap runs for one-of-a-kind maple syrup, and its spectacular outdoor activities in both summer and winter.
Location: Sundog Poetry Retreat is located in north central Vermont, approximately one hour's drive from Burlington, Vermont, two hours from Montreal, four from Boston, and seven from New York City.
Closest airport: The closest major airport is Burlington International Airport. Montreal's airports are a two to two and a half hours' drive.
Payment terms: To guarantee your reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of $100 deposit. Balance is due upon arrival. ATM available in Jeffersonville village. All currency is in US dollars.
Cancellation policy: Retreat cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. If you withdraw after being guaranteed a space, and you have notified us in writing at least two months prior to the beginning of the workshop, you may have your deposit refunded or applied to another workshop, less the processing fee.
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Each retreat is independently owned and operated.