The 1995 Vision Fire burned over 12,000 acres, including dozens of homes. Yet from the ashes rose new life: proliferating blooms of long-absent plants, clouds of native butterflies, even a previously unknown species of moth. In fact, Point Reyes’ bishop pine forests rely on periodic fire for regeneration. It’s a story rife with metaphors for loss and recovery.
The fire and its aftermath will provide inspiration for this weekend retreat. Whether you write poetry or prose, for growth and discovery or profession and craft, prompts will nudge you into productive territory. The two days will include discussion, writing time, and optional instructor conferences. There will be opportunities for solo exploration on the page and/or in the field. Bring a notebook waiting to be filled, a project in progress, or both. We’ll stay at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, tutored by a land that thrives after burning.