Poetry Retreat - Here, There, and Everywhere!

Frenchville, PA 16836, USA

9 reviews
May 16 - 19, 2024
Group size: 1 - 25
Poetry Retreat - Here, There, and Everywhere!
Frenchville, PA 16836, USA

9 reviews

May 16 - 19, 2024
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Pack your poetry suitcase and get ready to travel around the corner, across the ocean, to your backyard, or to your past and future. We’ll focus on generating poems from physical landscapes, as well as the inner landscapes of memory, imagination, and belief. During generative morning and (shorter) evening workshops, we’ll draft, revise, and discuss poems in a supportive community. Afternoons are reserved for rest, contemplation, writing, and exploring the beautiful Bethany Retreat Center grounds. Arrive Thursday evening by 5:00pm ready to engage, experiment, write, laugh. Leave Sunday morning by 11:00am with new ideas and strategies for future poems.


Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 14 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); Begin with a Question (Paraclete, International Book Award and Illumination Book Award Winner); and the Shanti Arts ekphrastic collaborations Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (with photographer Karen Elias) and In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind (with her artist daughter Anna Lee Hafer—www.hafer.work—and other artists). In addition, she has published the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite) and 4 children’s and YA books—including Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Finalist International Book Awards), A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry; I’m Feeling Blue, Too! (a 2021 NCTE Notable Poetry Book), and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems. Forthcoming in 2024 are the books How Can I Look It Up When I Don’t Know How It’s Spelled? Spelling Mnemonics and Grammar Tricks (Kelsay Books) and Seeing Things (Wildhouse Publishers). She is co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and the forthcoming Keystone: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press). Finally, she is assistant editor of Presence and the 2023-2024 host of WPSU’s Poetry Moment. Please see www.marjoriemaddox.com

What’s included

  • Lodging
  • Meals

Available Packages

Poetry Retreat
Deposit: $75


Thursday, May 16
Poetry Retreat - Here, There, and Everywhere!

3:00pm to 5:00pm

arrival and registration



7:00pm to 8:30pm

evening gathering and initial workshop at house conference room

Your Organizer

Anawim Ministries (Bethany Retreat Center)
9 reviews
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER was established in 1982 by the Anawim Religious Community of Frenchville, Pennsylvania. It is a place apart to rest, renew and be recreated for those seeking a deeper relationship with God. Located on 140 acres of partially wooded land in the hills of Pennsylvania, the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful — only 15 miles off Interstate 80.


I had a wonderful retreat. I love the experience and and learning about the labyrinth
By Ronald D for 11th Step Retreat on Jul 09, 2024
A very special place. The retreat was well organized and informative. The Bethany staff was excellent as always. They are very welcoming and provide comfortable accommodations and delicious meals. I can’t wait to return.
By Brian O for 11th Step Retreat on Jul 02, 2024
Excellent homemade food, comfortable lodging, beautiful and peaceful location. Interesting and inspiring poetry sessions with time to think, write, rest, and explore the grounds.
By Christine L for Poetry Retreat - Here, There, and Everywhere! on May 28, 2024
You just can't beat the well-kept and natural beauty of the grounds. Lots of space for groups or for private time. Great home cooked meals. Comfortable room. The poetry retreat is a sure fire way to stimulate your creativity and share with like-minded souls.
By Helen P for Poetry Retreat - Here, There, and Everywhere! on May 28, 2024
Attractive, natural surroundings, very comfortable accommodations, excellent food.
By Robert W for Centering Prayer with Keith Kristich on May 07, 2024
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