Wild Poetry at Hart's Pass

Wild Poetry at Hart's Pass
Program Series Field Excursions
When Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:00 AM to Sun Aug 03, 2014 04:00 PM
Where Harts Pass/ Heather Meadows
Class Tuition $250.00
General Tuition (age 18+) $250.00
Clock hours 18.0
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Join the founder and executive director of North Cascades Institute and one of our longest-serving writing instructors in the incomparable Harts Pass high country for a weekend of poetry, natural history, exploration and camaraderie.

We'll meet at Harts Pass campground Friday afternoon, set up camp, get-acquainted and settle in. Saul and Tim will discuss the practice of working in field journals, try some loosening-up exercises and take an amble with journals to wake up our senses and capture some images. Beneath the stars, our instructors share some of their poems and get us inspired for a creative day in the field.

Saturday will get started with a discussion of ideas for coaxing poems from the wild, and then we'll take to the mountains. Weather and group preference will determine the extent of our outing, but if weather and spirits hold, we should see something of the meadows, streams and spectacular mountains of the North Cascades--enough certainly to inspire a few poems. We'll take field notes, recording observations, impressions, and images in our journals. After lunch in the field, we’ll share our nature observations and ideas for poems, and then try an exercise that will help us shape our field notes into poems.

After dinner, we'll share some of our own poems and some of our favorite nature poems from other poets.

On Sunday we’ll work on polishing our work, further exploring suggestions and ideas for pursuing and sharing nature poetry.  In the afternoon we'll break camp, gather for a closing circle, and wrap up the class by early afternoon.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from Harts Pass, camping gear and meals.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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