A four day writing retreat and poetry workshop, located in the lush Green Mountains of Central Vermont, and hosted by The Ruth Stone House at the Blueberry Hill Inn from August 19-23
Next Galaxy Retreat will be 4 full days of rigorous, generative workshop programming limited to ten students in each class with our talented faculty, Arisa White and Bianca Stone. Workshops will involve craft discussion, group writing prompts, and supportive, critical discussion of each attendee’s work. Each day is scheduled to include ample time to write and enjoy the secluded Blueberry Hill Inn in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Below you can learn more about the Inn itself, the instructors, the schedule (including additional activities), pricing and how to apply.
Hosted at the stunning Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen, just a few miles down a country road from the historic Ruth Stone House grounds. This old Vermont Inn is full of sunlit sills, quiet benches and corners to write, surrounded by forests and meadows, hiking trails, creeks, and awe-inspiring views.
Arisa White is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College and a Cave Canem fellow. She is the author of Who’s Your Daddy (Augury Books 2021), co-editor of Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter Press 2021), and co-author of Biddy Mason Speaks Up (Heyday Books 2019), winner of the 2020 Maine Literary Award for Young People’s Literature.
Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House, 2014), Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018) and the children’s book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein.
*subject to change*
7:30-8:15 am Morning Movement yoga (optional)
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast at Inn
10:00-1:00 pm Workshop Session
1:00-6:30 pm Free Time & Trail Lunch
4:30-5:30 pm Yoga in the meadow (optional)
5:30 pm sauna hour (optional)
6:30 pm Group Dinner at Inn
7:30 pm Open Mic. Readings and Guest Poets
Ruth Stone House is committed to reshaping the communities we touch into those that promote social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. Participation in our programming is contingent on a welcoming and promotion of these values. A limited number of scholarships are available for BIPOC students and can be applied for on the general application.
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Tuition includes one 4-day class, readings, activities, and 3 meals a day provided by Blueberry Hill Inn.
$1550 per person
Applications require a writing sample and statement of intent. Upon acceptance a deposit is paid and arrangements for lodging can be made with the Inn.
Blueberry Hill offers private rooms within the Inn and on-site camping. Lodging can be set up directly with the Inn after enrollment, and is not included in tuition.
Pricing ranges from $30 per person per night for camping to $199 per night in private rooms with full bathroom. There are also a limited number of shared rooms. You may commute if you live in the area.
To learn more about the Blueberry Hill Inn, click here.
Scholarships and fellowships are now available for the Ruth Stone House Next Galaxy Retreat & Seminar!
The Ruth Stone House is proud to announce two full fellowships for BIPOC writers, and one full-tuition scholarship for a poet under 40. Additionally, there are a number of partial scholarships available for applicants based on financial need and merit. The success of Next Galaxy relies upon a convergence of communities, culminating in one diverse, equitable and powerful poetry gathering; making the retreat accessible is one way we are fulfilling this mission.
We are grateful for the generosity of the Vermont Humanities Council, The Vermont Community Foundation, the James Tate Scholarship, and a number of committed private donors, who have made offering this financial assistance possible.
How to apply:
Simply check the appropriate boxes relating to scholarships on the general application.
Ruth Stone House & Blueberry Hill Inn strictly adhere to Vermont State Department of Health guidelines. These guidelines will be reviewed by our staff and followed to the letter during the retreat.
How can we re-see what we’ve written with fresh eyes and an open heart? The body and the organization of the natural and material worlds often give us insight into how we can bring balance, energy, and form to a poem that feels banal and lifeless. Using a series of revision exercises based on deep questioning, the senses, natural elements, and cardinal points, participants will identify new beginnings, create poetic structures that better support content, and work collectively and in peer-review groups to get perspective on and solutions for how to enliven the poem’s ecosystem. Through the incorporation of assigned readings, contemplative activities, and generative writing, you will gain strategies for seeing and seeing again and, as a result, become a better witness to your strengths and avoidances as a poet.
“The important thing is to concentrate as much as possible on the making, respectively, of poetry and of (poetry of) mind. This kind of alchemical transformation has to do with the force of the imagination, with the intensification of experience, and therefore with passion.”
–Giuseppe Civitarese, from “Bion on Negative Capability and Faith”
Finding inspiration to deeply revise and write exciting, unfamiliar and electric poems is at the heart of this workshop. Arrive armed with a poem or small body of poems that is calling out for transformation. We will devote ourselves to building the crucible to alchemize your writing, to enliven meaningful, constructive ideas for how to move forward with that work— whatever stage it may be in to start.
This is a class about taking an idea you already have— that is yet to be fully realized— and alchemize it, so we can intensify and expand our experience of the poem as readers, and writers. We will listen deeply and read motivating materials, poetry and beyond, do in-class writing, and do whatever it takes to leave the retreat with an imagination on fire.