Finding Your Story in Nature: A Writing Retreat
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Come to Point Reyes to find the story you were born to write. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or newbie, this weekend retreat combines the learning of a workshop with the solitude and down time of retreat. We’ll enjoy the solace of renewal in the natural world and inspiration from our fellow writers and shared works to deepen our experience of the national seashore. Participants will have the option of a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss a work in progress.
Participants will find plenty of quiet time for writing and reading combined with the support of a creative community.
Rebecca Lawton is “an inspired and inspiring teacher” whose writing retreats are known for their personalized balance of outdoor time, attention to works-in-progress, working in silence or optional collaboration, deep reflection and dialogue, and the kind of renewal that only immersion in nature can offer. They’re also a lot of fun and suitable for all levels of writing ability.
-Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
-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
- Central heat
What to Bring:
A chair for outdoor seating.
Pens, pencil, paper, notebook, and/or computer for writing.
Sunhat and sunscreen. Warm hat for windy days.
Layered clothing for outdoor activities.
Comfortable walking shoes.
WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, mattress only).
Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin).
Earplugs (optional, if preferred for sleeping).
Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel).
Flashlight or headlamp.
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.
Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at email@example.com or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.