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July 2017 : Event Details
Tue, Jul 25 - 4:00pm
Thu, Jul 27 - 1:00pm
Amy Nolan
A Writer's Ecology Retreat: Reading & Writing as Transformation
Reconnect with your creativity through reading and writing
Dr. Amy Nolan

“It may be when we no longer know what we have to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey,” writes Wendell Berry.

Do you transform our experiences of God-in-nature into writing? In this mid-week retreat at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), explore how writing can transform you individually and communally: deepening your experiences and creating works of art! Read and discuss the works of such eco-writers as Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Derrick Jensen, Annie Dillard and Terry Tempest Williams, among others. In addition, individually and as a group, you will explore your own experience and connection by engaging in contemplative writing, sharing and exploring the trails and labyrinth. The goal of this retreat is to reconnect with creativity and explore how you can use it to express what matters most to you.

Facilitator Amy Nolan, PhD, teaches creative writing and film at Wartburg College and loves the art of writing as food for the spiritual journey. She lives in Waterloo, where she grows raspberries, makes collages and is learning how to offer healing touch to animals. Her writing appears in The Examined Life, The Bellevue Literary Review, Solstice Literary Magazine and Ruminate, among others. In 2015 her essay, “My Mother’s Hips,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The cost of this three-day retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals (including dinner on Tuesday). The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions and daily lunch and dinner. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required at registration. (Full payment is required to register online. If you prefer to pay the $25 registration fee now and the balance when you arrive, please call 319-395-6700.) If you want to stay in a Hermitage, you also will need to register by phone. If you have dietary restrictions that affect your health, please call or send an email to

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Regular Registration Fees
$180.00 Commuter
$230.00 Single w/ Shared Bath
Program Code: 17PGR11680
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