Annual Point Reyes Writing Retreat
Join us for a weekend of writing in the Point Reyes wilds! With workshops on poetry and prose forms, we'll practice attention, clear thinking, and sensitivity to the natural world. And of course, we'll have time to write, wander, and share meals. Patti is a knowledgeable and generous teacher. All levels welcome.
Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
-Accommodations included at Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Cancelation Policy
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock
The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.
The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.
The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.
Ample working / studio space
Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge, large freezer, and commercial range/over
Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
What to Bring:
Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
Hat and sunscreen
Comfortable walking shoes
Refillable water bottle
WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, camp-style mattress only)
Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
Ear plugs (to avoid distraction while writing and in case of snorers/elephant seals)
Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
Headlamp or flashlight
A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.
Notebook or plenty of writing paper with a clipboard and favorite writing implement, and/or a laptop computer with power cord for charging.
Optional but possibly useful: a small foam pad or portable lightweight field chair/stool for writing outdoors.