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You’re invited to an exploration of the Spirits of Halloween with our community of creatives as we evoke the Unseen through the mediums of poetry, writing, art creation, vibration, channeling, witchcraft, and magical perfumery. Throughout this weekend experience, Dorothea and Lou will weave these fields together to create a doorway for the invisible to speak.
Some 2022 Halloween Associations and Themes we will focus on include: owls, eyes, the smell of ashes, costumes, cobwebs, faces, nostalgia, dampness, crisp, ceremony, animate, vapors, egrets, murmurations, lips, and Arrasa Con Todo (herb).
Halloween Weekend Activities Include:
Peer Collaboration and Feedback
Poetry from Beyond
Horror Writing and Film
Broom Craft (Making Spirit Cleansing Brooms for Self and Home)
Divination (Tarot and Individual Systems)
Creating a Magical Halloween Scent
We have rented a large house in Warren, VT. Rooms and bathrooms will be shared. Food will be served on the premises.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of six books of poetry and prose, including most recently Milk and Animal, both out from Wave Books. She is currently an Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts, where she directs the Poetry program.
Lou Florez (Awo Ifadunsin) is a diviner and metaphysical reader who facilitates spiritual connectivity and transformational empowerment throughout his myriad roles as a Priest, lecturer, author, medicine maker, and activist. His work is inherently interdisciplinary and intersectional—bridging the fields of herbalism, ecology, divination, poetry, psychology, religious studies, gender and sexual studies, mixed-media art, and perfumery. Lou investigates the emanating Spirit present within all these fields and incorporates them into experiences that activate the Spirit within.
Lou is the cofounder and executive director of Water Has No Enemy (WHNE), a nonprofit committed to healing justice. WHNE seeks to honor the timeless and enduring indigenous wisdom stolen from communities of color through centuries of slavery, colonization, and institutionalized oppression and reclaim it for today’s world. The organization offers a collaborative space for changemakers to explore healing justice because we believe that true healing occurs at all levels—from the individual and social levels to our relationship to the natural world. We promote services and programming that intersectionally addresses social change, community activism, and transformation through indigenous, Yoruba, and African diasporic perspectives.
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FInancial aid is applied for on a class by class basis. Not all classes offer financial aid. There is a limited amount of funding available, and aid is awarded in the order received.
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The Ruth Stone House BIPOC Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room and Board at the Inn for a BIPOC poet
Lucy Terry Prince Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room & Board at the Inn for a Poet of Color living in Vermont, or with roots in Vermont
The James Tate Scholarship
Full tuition for a poet under the age of 40 (does not include Room & Board)
Award for $600 reduced tuition for a BIPOC poet.
Need-based scholarships awarded to poets of merit with expressed socioeconomic need