As a kid, summer camp was a time of freedom. But what about adults?

A new kind of Camp

A time to explore, out of context.

To spread our wings, to feel a little fearful and do it anyway.

Summer camp was a time to play, explore, create and learn things.

To transform.

Some of us didn’t ever go to Camp when we were kids.

Now’s our chance.

As adults, we need those experiences too.

A place to play, have conversations that matter, make things with your hands.

A place to “come as we are” rather than “come to impress.”

That’s Life is a Verb Camp, a gathering of wholehearted people tracing the intention of their lives, in community.

We explore, we make, we dream, we laugh

There is magic at Life is a Verb Camp.

You sometimes doubt yourself. Reclaim your courage.

You let comparisons stop you from creating. Reignite your creativity.

You are hungry for a tribe. Rejoin your community.

You want to heal yourself and the world. Rekindle your compassion.

Step into intention for four magical days in November

Our theme for 2017 is "Heal Yourself, Heal the World"

November 2-5 at Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville NC

We begin with Pre-Camp Workshops on Thursday, November 2, and Camp opens that evening. We close at 1pm on Sunday, November 5.

Who is Life is a Verb Camp for?

While the main speakers at Camp are poets, it isn’t because this is a writing Camp.

It’s because poets teach us how to pay attention to our lives, how to see the deeper meaning in our days, how to listen to the rhythms of our living–and because the work of poets in the world is something to be celebrated and supported.

You are welcome to write–or sing, or make art, or simply sit quietly by the lake.

Teachers, executives, coaches, artists, writers, business people, parents–all come to Camp.

full of heart, wisdom, and magic

hands-on workshops and deep dives

  • Heart 100%
  • Soul 100%
  • Trust 100%
  • Wisdom 100%
  • Community 100%
  • Ineffable Magic 100%
  • Pretense 0%
  • Hierarchy or Guru Status 0%
  • Whining 0%
  • Laughter 100%

From author Patti Digh, host of Life is a Verb Camp:

Life is a Verb Camp is a dream come true for me. Opening space for magic to happen for a small community of fellow travelers. Recognizing that we grown-ups also desperately need play, surprise, magic, art, story, and music in our lives.

Camp is a place where people of all walks of life come together to explore what it means to be fully human and what it means to live life fully, as an active and not a passive, verb. To live, and live fully. To love, and love well. To let go, and let go deeply.

At Camp, we are excellent to one another. We value intimacy over publicity. We open space for real conversations about things that matter. We hold each other up. We are inclusive. We bring out the best in one another. We listen deeply. We value the environment, and seek to make Camp as “green” as we can. We become good friends who both challenge and support one another.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this transformative weekend in 2017, when we’ll celebrate the 5th year of Camp. Limited to 137 Campers.

Reclaim your courage. Reignite your creativity. Reconnect with your community. Rekindle your compassion.

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Circle Speakers (Keynotes)

people who help us see more deeply

Patti Digh

Writer, Teacher, Community-Builder, and Social Justice Activist

About Patti Digh

Patti Digh is the author of 8 books, including the best-selling “Life is a Verb,” which was one of four finalists for the “Books for a Better Life” award. Her most recent book is “The Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be.”

She is the founder and host of Life is a Verb Camp.

Toi Derricotte

Award-winning Poet, Writer, Educator, and Co-Founder of Cave Canem, dedicated to African-American poets

 

About Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte is an award-winning poet whose writings, though frequently autobiographical, treat universal subjects such as racism and identity in ways that are moving, painful, and illuminating. Her style is credited with an evocative simplicity reminiscent of Emily Dickinson, though it also contains the kind of expansive colloquial expression attributed to Walt Whitman. Derricotte is also known for treating sexual topics with candor, and for exploring the shadows that surround difficult and painful realities. “Her poems begin in ordinary experiences but she dissects the routine definitions supplied by society as a way towards making discoveries about what unsuspected resources the self actually contains,” wrote Jon Woodson in Contemporary Women Poets. 

Toi is a co-founder of Cave Canem, an organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging African-American poets, for which she received the National Book Award’s highest honor in 2016.

Neil Hilborn

National Slam Poetry Champion

 

About Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn is most well-known for his viral poem, “OCD.”

He graduated in 2011 with an honours degree in Creative Writing from Macalester College in the US. The Macalester Poetry Slam team which he was a part of came first in a national competition. He’s since co-founded a literary magazine and runs poetry workshops in colleges and high schools.

You can read more about him here.

Jessica Helen Lopez

Award-winning performance poet and Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, New Mexico

About Jessica Helen Lopez

Jessica Helen Lopez has recently been named the City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate. She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE magazine.  Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World (WOW) City of ABQ Champion.

She’s also a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community.

Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her more recent publication, Cunt.Bomb.(Swimming with Elephants Publications 2014), is a chapbook collection of poems focusing on the powers of the feminine. She is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women and a Ted Talk speaker alum.

A lot happens at Camp!

You'll have plenty of time to create, learn, and dive deeply. Click on each block below for details.

Pre-Camp Workshops

In 2017, our Pre-Camp Workshops will take place from 9am-4:30pm on Thursday, November 2:

Mighty Making: The personal power of creativity with Mary Anne Radmacher

CALLINGS – In Search of An Authentic Life with Gregg Levoy

An additional registration fee of $250 is required for full-day Pre-Camp workshops. You can find details about each workshop by clicking on “Pre-Camp Workshops” in the menu at the top of this page or scrolling down to the next section on this page.

 

Strong Offer Talent Show

In any community, there are amazing talents–if we open space for them to show up.

This is not your usual talent show. It isn’t a contest, but strong offers by people who want to share their passions with the rest of Camp. It is always a highlight of Camp!  Takes place on Saturday evening at Camp from 7:15-9:15pm. 

Camper Marketplace

Camp Marketplace is an opportunity for Campers to bring what they love to do to Camp–whether it is art, music, writing, knitting–you name it. The Camp Marketplace is a place to sell, buy, trade, or barter your work with the work of other Campers! Selling space for the Marketplace is available for just $30 per 6′ table. This takes place from 7:15-9:15pm on Friday evening at Camp.

New Camper Orientation

New for 2017, we’ll have a New Camper Orientation on Thursday, November 2, from 5-6pm, after which we’ll wander to the Dining Hall together for our first Camp meal!

Opening Party

You won’t want to miss our Opening event! This is where community gets built and Camp gets underway.

Thursday evening, Nov 2nd, from 7-10pm.

Circle Sessions

These longer conversations allow us to dive deep. We’ll be joined in these dialogues at Camp 2017 by:

Friday – author Patti Digh and poet Jessica Helen Lopez

Saturday – slam poet Neil Hilborn

Sunday – poet Toi Derricotte

Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

1379629_10201406378895294_822279734_nMornings at Camp begin (if you wish) with your choice of “Becoming Bendy” session, from 7-8am:

Yoga with Stacey Beth Shulman

Lake Dance with Lila Danielle

New in 2017, we will also have Becoming Bendy sessions from 5-6pm on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Yoga with Brandie Sellers

Tai Chi with Clint Jones

 

Focus Sessions

These 15-minute sessions focus the Camp community on conversations that matter around Courage, Creativity, Community, and Compassion.

In 2017, we’ll hear these stories:

“Practicing Acceptance with Perseverance” with Lyn VanOver – Lyn VanOver survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in October 2010 spending 21 days in the neuro ICU at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. leaving her paralyzed on her left side. She will share some of her journey back to walking and working as a teacher at Artspace Charter School in Asheville.

“Owning Your Story So It Doesn’t Own You” with Candace Doby – Everyone has a story that has threatened to own, suppress or define them. When we own our stories (and not the other way around), we can restore ourselves and inspire others. In this talk, Candace Doby will share a personal story that owned her for years as well as the steps she took gain power over it.

“Following My Heart Compass” with Lynda Allen – Learning to follow her heart compass led Lynda Allen to unexpected places and to great joy, but it was also a process that took a lot of patience as she learned to listen to and trust the guidance of her heart. The journey began with reluctantly admitting to herself that she was unhappy, and through listening, discovering the one completely unexpected word that would be her guide from there to joy.

 

Create Workshops

These are hands-on workshops in which you make and do things, just like Summer Camp!

Here are our Create session offerings for 2017. Each will be limited to 25 people, and spaces in workshops will be assigned based on date of registration.

Radical Self-Care for When it All Heads South in a Handbasket” with Peg Ashman – When everything seems beyond our control we need more than “keep a good thought” We need tangible, practical, everyday assists to navigate our chaotic life. Each participant will create a personalized box that they will place a mirror in. Understanding that despite external circumstances we, each of us, have everything we need to move forward. The boxes will contain their coping strategies that work for them. There will be new art products to try and gathered items from around camp to reinforce the force and positive energy that camp is.

Live with Resilience: An Art Journaling Journey” with Pam Matchie-Thiede – Daily practice keeps our muscle memory in shape. A quick and meaningful practice means we are more likely to keep up the habit.  This 10 minute art journaling exercise, when coupled with a centering meditation can keep us physically, spiritually and artistically healthy. We start with the best of intentions; then life gets in the way.  If you set yourself up for success, with tiny and measurable practices, you can change your life. Using this art journaling method, which focuses on gratitude and positive accomplishments, people who practice this method have seen real results. You can too.

Meeting Your Sex God(dess) Within” with Liz Amaya-Fernandez – Sex & sexuality are issues that continue to be difficult for people to address with themselves and others.  This discomfort leads to low self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, and even dangerous policies (if you are a lawmaker). If we get comfortable with the topic of sexuality, we can address others’ discomfort on personal and political realms; thus healing ourselves and the world. This highly interactive workshop will be a brave and safe space to explore your beliefs about sex & sexuality.  We will learn strategies to tap into our sex god(dess) within, to listen to their fears and desires. We will also explore ways that healthy sexuality can heal the world through education and advocacy. At the end of this workshop, Campers will: 1. understand the many dimensions of sex and sexuality in our society 2. create an art piece describing their own sexual relationship with themselves 3. learn strategies to tap into their sexual power to serve them in their relationships.

Weirder First Drafts,“ with poet Neil Hiborn – Our Saturday keynote speaker is offering this writing workshop. Details to come.

Writing the House of the Body: A Ceremony of Words” with poet and Friday keynote speaker Jessica Helen Lopez – This creative workshop is a cathartic practice in constructing or re-constructing our own spiritual and physical bodies. Together we will craft ode poems to the hands, the spindled fingers, the mighty heart, the pistons of our legs, feet and toes. We will break borders of abelism and gender-norms, creating a new topography of radical self-love through the lens of poetry and various creative writing genres. Our workshop will be a ceremony of words that exalts every stretch mark, wrinkle, crooked tooth and perfect imperfection that comprise the body/bodies we live in.

“Encaustic Collage: Color, Wax, and Heal” with J. Elizabeth Ballard – In this workshop, campers will 1) rip, color, doodle, and assemble; 2) explore the concepts of wishes, hopes, and needs in relation to their personal healing; 3) experience the satisfaction and trepidation of covering their collage in beeswax to completely seal and heal their art. By the end, Campers will have created a glowing, mixed media encaustic collage on a wooden backing. After assisted studio time, the collages we create on wood will be enrobed in wax to complete the encaustic process. The beeswax seals all the work and edges, healing the rips and cuts with its ability to flow and harden into all media. A quick polish of the wax produces a touchable, glowing skin for the art. SENSITIVITY ALERT: We will be using a beeswax and rosin mix to seal the encaustics. It is heated in a small warmer, which may increase sensitivity. E6000 adhesive may also be used, which has a strong odor.

 

Book Signings

The Camp Bookstore will sell books written by our speakers (as well as posters, mugs, jewelry, Camp t-shirts, postcards, and gifts) and we will arrange signing times with all authors.

Camp Schedule Overview

Wednesday, Nov 1

4-8pm – Registration open for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

6-6:45pm – Dinner for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

7-9pm – Evening event for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

Thursday, Nov 2

9-4:30pm – Pre-Camp Workshops

5-6pm – New Camper Orientation

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-10pm – Opening of Camp

Friday, Nov 3

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-12noon – General Session with Patti Digh, Jessica Helen Lopez, and Focus/Spark Speakers

12-12:45pm – Lunch

1:15-2:45pm – Create Workshops

2:45-3:15pm – Break

3:15-4:45pm – Create Workshops

5-6pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9:30pm – Camper Marketplace

Saturday, Nov 4

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – General Session with Neil Hilborn

10:15-10:45 – Break

10:45-3:15pm – Master Classes (with break for lunch from 12-1:15pm)

5-6pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9:15pm – Strong Offer Talent Show

9:30pm – S’mores by the Lake

Sunday, Nov 5

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – VerbTribe Open Mic (readers will be chosen by lottery)

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-12noon – General Session with Toi Derricotte

12-12:45pm – Closing Lunch

Spark Sessions

These 5-7 minute Spark sessions provide an opportunity for Campers to tell their story.

In 2017, we’ll hear from four Campers with amazing stories to tell about Courage, Creativity, Community, Compassion–and healing.

“The Shoes I’ve Worn” with Suzanne Stevens

“Triumph over (MD-Prescribed) Drug Addiction” with Bo Mackison

“Widening Our Circles of Friendship – including those with disabilities” with Debbie Mackie

“See and Be Seen” with Jeri Leach

Master Classes

New for Camp 2017, we’ll offer Master Classes on Saturday, November 4, from 10:45am-3:15pm (with a break for lunch). Each will be limited to 25 people, and spaces will be assigned based on date of registration.

Here are the Master Classes being offered in 2017:

“It’s Time to Get Your Sh*t Together: Proven Tools, Technologies, and Practices for Organizing, Managing, and Maximizing Your Productivity and Creativity” with Patti Digh and Wendy Lou Billings – In this Master Class, author Patti Digh will share her secrets for writing 8 books in 10 years, including her note-taking, organizing, and writing practices. She’ll share her favorite ways to keep track of to-dos and more, and will introduce participants to her favorite tools, both digital and analog. Wendy Lou Billings will provide hands-on training in computer-based productivity skills and tools, including time-saving skills, keyboard shortcuts, Google Drive, sharing (with yourself and others), and consolidating media and content in the cloud. Think of this as Organizing Bootcamp. We’re here to get you organized and productive so your voice can make its way out into the world with impact. You will need to bring a laptop to this Master Class, as well as a smartphone and tablet, if you have them.

“Spirals in Life: Incorporating Contemplative and Creative Practices In Your Every Day” with Bo Mackison and Susan Johnson – Life is a continuum of forward steps and backward steps, a never ending spiral. In this Master Class, you will 1. Learn to create meditative mandalas, a calming and centering practice. 2. Learn the basics of contemplative photography, a practice that encourages connection with nature and place. 3. The practice of walking a labyrinth with instruction from an experienced facilitator. These are skills/knowledge that you can use in your daily practice to promote presence and healing. The creative practices you will learn are easily included in everyday living.

Losing Yourself in Your Photography” with Sarah Mattingly – In this Master Class, you’ll learn skills to take better photos, ideas for finding subjects and unleashing creativity with photography, how photography can help heal you, and how it can be used to help heal others. We will learn about cameras and the basics of photography.  We will learn some photography “rules” and we will learn how to break those rules.  We will learn how to preserve our images.  The majority of our time will be spent shooting various objects and playing with different tools and techniques to take your photography to that next level. Any camera or camera phone will work. Digital will give the opportunity for quick feedback.

Honoring the Divine Within: Creating Tin Can Shrines” with Pat Jones – This Master Class will explore the ability to see beauty in the most ordinary junk. This will be hands-on experience in which carefully selected found objects will be assembled into a sardine tin to create a small shrine to honor your idea of the divine. Art is metaphor. Campers who register for this class will have some “pre camp homework” to bring intentionally symbolic items to create their shrine. I love old bits of rusty metal, broken jewelry, small statuettes, beads, and other small items to support the theme. It is the intention behind the small bits that create meaning.

“Written Collage” with Elizabeth Beck – In Written Collage, the act of finding your words and putting them on a panel in an artistic way can be a healing act, as any art can be. But it will also be an empowering act in that you will be able to choose the words that you want to write, keep, and elevate into visual art. Strong words can be strong art. Healing words can be healing art. In this Master Class, Campers will create full sized canvases or boards with color, collage elements, stencils, layering and their own words or stories.

“Small Gestures of Nourishment through Writing with poet Toi Derricotte – Our Sunday keynote speaker is offering this Master Writing Class. Details to come.

VerbTribe Writers' Open Mic

Everyone has a voice. This session is open to those who would like to use their voice in a safe, supportive environment by reading a short (4-minute) excerpt of their work. Sign-ups for VerbTribe Open Mic will be available at onsite Camp registration, and space will be limited to 10 readers who will be chosen by lottery on Sunday morning. This will take place on Sunday morning at Camp in 2017. 

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction helps make Camp sustainable. In 2017, we will invite Campers to donate a piece of their work (art, music, a class they teach, or whatever they have to offer!) for a Camp Silent Auction. All proceeds from the Auction will go to the LIAVCamp Sustainability Fund to ensure that Camp continues for years to come! This opens on Friday morning and is available for bids until 9pm on Saturday evening, after which time the winners will be announced from the stage at the close of the Camp Talent Show.

Pre-Camp Workshops

(Thursday, Nov 2 from 9-4:30pm)

Click the boxes below for details on each of these workshops.

Mighty Making: The personal power of creativity with Mary Anne Radmacher

Mighty Making: The personal power of creativity with Mary Anne Radmacher

It takes courage to create, to make something new from seemingly unrelated components or ingredients. Every culture has its own unique creation myth which speaks to the fundamental power of making things.

Professional artist and author Mary Anne Radmacher (whose name has maker built right into it and whose DNA reflects an ancestral legacy of making things) shares some of her personal, non-commercial { mighty} making methods:

  • discover and create your own personal symbol;
  • learn to use doodles as discovery tools;
  • utilize multi media collage as a journal/ writing practice;
  • create word art even if you are not fond of your own handwriting.
  • laugh quite a bit and, in fact, learn ways to put color and form to such intangibles as laughter and friendship;
  • a fresh perspective on the relationship between the courage to create and an effective daily experience.

Transform your life experiences after Camp by transferring and applying the principles of Mighty Making.

Walk away with:

  • Empowered personal creative / making practices;
  • A personal symbol, a journal with a cover you have made; an easier relationship to symbol, form and metaphor; a matter word-art piece AND immediately applicable making skills along with a new definition of what it is to “fail.”

This is an action packed, engaging, fast paced day. These are personal practices, not oriented for commercial application, appropriate for those who do not define themselves as “artistic” as well as those who earn their living in the creative field.

Presenter Bio:

Mary Anne Radmacher is a renowned artist, poet, writer, and teacher. She has written 11 books, including Live with Intention, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, and Lean Forward into Your Life. Mary Anne’s words and art travel the world to homes, hospitals, offices and school rooms. Her commercial work is available at appliedinsight.net. People use her classic combination of phrase and image to celebrate and commemorate from birth to remembering eulogies…and all the significances in between.

CALLINGS - In Search of An Authentic Life - with Gregg Levoy

CALLINGS – In Search of An Authentic Life – with Gregg Levoy

Callings are urgings from the deep self that tell you what it will take to make your life literally “come true.” They point you toward awakenings, course-corrections and powerful authenticity.

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore the psychological, spiritual and practical processes we encounter in listening and responding to our callings. The calls could be to make a career change or creative leap, take on a new role or let go of an old one, launch a new venture, or simply make a course-correction in your life or work. The central question we’ll tackle together: What wants to emerge in your life right now?

While honoring a calling’s essential mystery, we’ll also explore the questions that arise naturally in the presence of any call: What does it ask of you? How do you tell the true call from the siren-song? How do you handle your resistance to it? What happens when you say no? What happens when you say yes?

Presenter Bio:

Gregg Levoy is the author of the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House), and Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life (Penguin). He has presented at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Conference on Positive Aging, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

Create Workshops!

small group arts & crafts workshops

Click on each box below for details.

Living with Resilience: An Art Journaling Journey

Live with Resilience: An Art Journaling Journey” with Pam Matchie-Thiede

Daily practice keeps our muscle memory in shape. A quick and meaningful practice means we are more likely to keep up the habit.  This 10 minute art journaling exercise, when coupled with a centering meditation can keep us physically, spiritually and artistically healthy. We start with the best of intentions; then life gets in the way.  If you set yourself up for success, with tiny and measurable practices, you can change your life. Using this art journaling method, which focuses on gratitude and positive accomplishments, people who practice this method have seen real results. You can too.

Pam Matchie-Thiede teaches art journaling as part of the Live With Resilience Curriculum and is a passionate daily journaler. This practice is the only one she has ever been able to sustain. She is best known for her stand-up comedy and interesting assortment of wigs.

Weirder First Drafts: A Writing Workshop

Weirder First Drafts with poet Neil Hilborn

Our Saturday keynote speaker will lead this writing workshop. Details to come.

Meeting Your Sex God(dess) Within

Meeting Your Sex God(dess) Within” with Elizabeth (Liz) Amaya-Fernandez

Sex & sexuality are issues that continue to be difficult for people to address with themselves and others.  This discomfort leads to low self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, and even dangerous policies (if you are a lawmaker). If we get comfortable with the topic of sexuality, we can address others’ discomfort on personal and political realms; thus healing ourselves and the world. This highly interactive workshop will be a brave and safe space to explore your beliefs about sex & sexuality.  We will learn strategies to tap into our sex god(dess) within, to listen to their fears and desires. We will also explore ways that healthy sexuality can heal the world through education and advocacy. At the end of this workshop, Campers will: 1. understand the many dimensions of sex and sexuality in our society 2. create an art piece describing their own sexual relationship with themselves 3. learn strategies to tap into their sexual power to serve them in their relationships.

Elizabeth (Liz) Amaya-Fernandez is a public health educator, activist, poet and Camper. She has been a sex educator for over two decades, working with diverse populations in the United States and Latin America. Liz believes in kindness, love and embracing the awkward.

Writing the House of the Body: A Ceremony of Words

“Writing the House of the Body: A Ceremony of Words” with Jessica Helen Lopez

This creative workshop is a cathartic practice in constructing or re-constructing our own spiritual and physical bodies. Together we will craft ode poems to the hands, the spindled fingers, the mighty heart, the pistons of our legs, feet and toes. We will break borders of abelism and gender-norms, creating a new topography of radical self-love through the lens of poetry and various creative writing genres. Our workshop will be a ceremony of words that exalts every stretch mark, wrinkle, crooked tooth and perfect imperfection that comprise the body/bodies we live in.
Jessica Helen Lopez is one of Life is a Verb Camp’s keynote speakers for 2017. She is a nationally recognized award-winning poetry slam champion, and holds the title of 2012 Women of the World (WOW) City of ABQ Champion. Jessica is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women.

 

Encaustic Collage: Color, Wax, and Heal

“Encaustic Collage: Color, Wax, and Heal” with J. Elizabeth Ballard

In this workshop, campers will 1) rip, color, doodle, and assemble; 2) explore the concepts of wishes, hopes, and needs in relation to their personal healing;  3) experience  the satisfaction and trepidation of covering their collage in beeswax to completely seal and heal their art. Campers will create a glowing, mixed media encaustic collage on a wooden backing. We will create a dry mixed media work on a wooden base, related to our wishes, hopes, and needs. After assisted studio time, the collages will be enrobed in wax to complete the encaustic process. The beeswax seals all the work and edges, healing the rips and cuts with its ability to flow and harden into all media. A quick polish of the wax produces a touchable, glowing skin for the art.

SENSITIVITY ALERT: We will be using a beeswax and rosin mix to seal the encaustics. It is heated in a small warmer, which may increase sensitivity. E6000 adhesive may also be used, which has a strong odor.

J Elizabeth Ballard is an art teacher and artist. She has been teaching since 2001 and making art since she was old enough to pick up a crayon. Working in encaustics since 2012, it has helped focus her work in a way she had never been able to before. All her different styles of art making can be shown to form a relationship when encased in beeswax. Whether it is fiber, collage, image transfer, or painting, these can be made similar by enrobing in wax, adding lustre and glow to her work.

Radical Self-Care for When it All Heads South in a Handbasket

Radical Self-Care for When it All Heads South in a Handbasket” with Peg Ashman

When everything seems beyond our control we need more than “keep a good thought” We need tangible, practical, everyday assists to navigate our chaotic life. Each participant will create a personalized box that they will place a mirror in. Understanding that despite external circumstances we, each of us, have everything we need to move forward. The boxes will contain their coping strategies that work for them. There will be new art products to try and gathered items from around camp to reinforce the force and positive energy that camp is.

Peg Ashman is a Reiki Master Teacher, Intuitive, Animal Communicator in private practice in Las Vegas, NV. She partners with her clients to facilitate forward movement in the midst of complications and chaos. Healing in mind, body and soul allows us to embrace radical self care. In so doing, we are able to be the light upon the path for the Universe.

New in 2017! Master Classes

Saturday, Nov 4, 10:45-3:15pm

Click on each block below for details

It’s Time to Get Your Sh*t Together: Proven Tools, Technologies, and Practices for Organizing, Managing, and Maximizing Your Productivity and Creativity

It’s Time to Get Your Sh*t Together: Proven Tools, Technologies, and Practices for Organizing, Managing, and Maximizing Your Productivity and Creativity with Patti Digh and Wendy Lou Billings

In this Master Class, author Patti Digh will share her secrets for writing 8 books in 10 years, including her note-taking, organizing, and writing practices. She’ll share her favorite ways to keep track of to-dos and more, and will introduce participants to her favorite tools, both digital and analog. Wendy Lou Billings will provide hands-on training in computer-based productivity skills and tools, including time-saving skills, keyboard shortcuts, Google Drive, sharing (with yourself and others), and consolidating media and content in the cloud. Think of this as Organizing Bootcamp. We’re here to get you organized and productive so your voice can make its way out into the world with impact. You will need to bring a laptop to this Master Class, as well as a smartphone and tablet, if you have them.

 

Losing Yourself in Your Photography

Losing Yourself in Your Photography with Sarah Mattingly

In this Master Class, you’ll learn skills to take better photos, ideas for finding subjects and unleashing creativity with photography, how photography can help heal you, and how it can be used to help heal others. We will learn about cameras and the basics of photography.  We will learn some photography “rules” and we will learn how to break those rules.  We will learn how to preserve our images.  The majority of our time will be spent shooting various objects and playing with different tools and techniques to take your photography to that next level. Any camera or camera phone will work. Digital will give the opportunity for quick feedback.

Sarah Mattingly is an award winning, independent photographer in Falls Church, Virginia. Sarah was graduated from the Washington School of Photography’s Professional program. While she sells hardware and software by day, her nights and weekends are filled with photography projects, including including working with Soulumination and the Bold Beauty Project. Sarah’s work can be found in local, national and international publications and perhaps more importantly, in homes across the country.

Honoring the Divine Within: Creating Tin Can Shrines

Honoring the Divine Within: Creating Tin Can Shrines with Pat Jones

This Master Class will explore the ability to see beauty in the most ordinary junk. This will be hands-on experience in which carefully selected found objects will be assembled into a sardine tin to create a small shrine to honor your idea of the divine. Art is metaphor. Campers who register for this class will have some “pre camp homework” to bring intentionally symbolic items to create their shrine. I love old bits of rusty metal, broken jewelry, small statuettes, beads, and other small items to support the theme. It is the intention behind the small bits that create meaning.

Pat Jones has been teaching art for 40 years, and making things for much longer than that. She believes in the necessity of self expression. Pat lives in Nebraska, and loves coming to Camp.

Small Gestures of Nourishment through Writing

Small Gestures of Nourishment through Writing with poet Toi Derricotte

Our Sunday keynote speaker is offering this Master Writing Class. Details to come.

 

Written Collage

Written Collage with Elizabeth Beck

In Written Collage, I believe the act of finding your words and putting them on a panel in an artistic way can be a healing act, as any art can be. But it will also be an empowering act in that the camper will be able to choose the words that they want to write, keep, and elevate into visual art. Strong words can be strong art. Healing words can be healing art. Campers will create full sized canvases or boards with color, collage elements, stencils, layering and their own words or stories.

Elizabeth Beck is a mixed media collage artist with a side of pottery. She has been interested in typography, lettering, and language since she first learned to read. Elizabeth was taught Italics in elementary school as her most basic penmanship, so in her teens, she taught herself cursive. In her 30s she needed a new handwriting and used a short, stout, blocky handwriting. Then in her 40s, she created what she thinks of as her current handwriting, a wobbly, loopy, off line lettering. Anyone who glances at her grocery list marvels at the handwriting. She don’t just love that letters make words. She loves the shape of letters. She loves how many ways you can make an A or a G. She loves that we are surrounded by typography and letters and words so often that we don’t even see it all. She loves dictionaries. She is intrigued by putting dictionary or novel pages into her art and the words on the page are so easily ignored. The written word adds texture to our lives and to her painted collages. Elizabeth likes the idea of all those words holding important secrets. Her love of letters appears abstractly in her paintings and pottery, as well as representationally in secret notes and passages or bold statements.

Spirals in Life: Incorporating Contemplative and Creative Practices In Your Every Day

Spirals in Life: Incorporating Contemplative and Creative Practices In Your Every Day with Bo Mackison and Susan Johnson

Life is a continuum of forward steps and backward steps, a never ending spiral. In this Master Class, you will 1. Learn to create meditative mandalas, a calming and centering practice. 2. Learn the basics of contemplative photography, a practice that encourages connection with nature and place. 3. The practice of walking a labyrinth with instruction from an experienced facilitator. These are skills/knowledge that you can use in your daily practice to promote presence and healing. The creative practices you will learn are easily included in everyday living.

Susan Johnson has broad experience in facilitating labyrinth experiences, creating and teaching throughout the United States. She also works with Creating Mandalas (started by Susanne Fincher.) She expects to complete a certificate in Expressive Arts in 2017, broadening my work in visual arts/mandalas to include movement, music, and writing.

Bo Mackison is an artist, photographer, poet, writer, and creative who develops contemplative and accessible creative practices that offer meaning and healing to individuals and community. She facilitates online workshops including Contemplative Creatives Journey, a seasonal journey exploring word, vision and place through art and writing

Focus & Spark Sessions

TED-like talks to open us up to newness

Practicing Acceptance with Perseverance

Practicing Acceptance with Perseverance, with Lyn VanOver

It is important to push ourselves when faced with challenges and to persevere, but it is equally important and powerful to accept and acknowledge our journey through the challenge.

Speaker Lyn VanOver survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in October 2010 spending 21 days in the neuro ICU at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. leaving her paralyzed on her left side. She will share her journey back to walking and working as a teacher at Artspace Charter School in Asheville.

“After healing well really continuing to heal myself I have found that my strength gives others strength to heal themselves and help each other. When others see I have accepted the physical and mental limitations I have but that I try to persevere to have a full and wonderful life. It spreads the healing into their life and the world around us. This is especially true of the students I teach and see at school.”

Lyn VanOver teaches 6th grade math and science at Artspace Charter School, a school she helped found in 2001, she survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2010 leaving her in the ICU for 21 days. She fought hard to survive and regain the use of the left side of her body in order to get back into the classroom working with students.

See and Be Seen

See and Be Seen, with Jeri Leach

The journey of photography is made up of continuous shifts in seeing – not just noticing what is in front of you, but going deeper to what is behind that, and behind that. A good photographer is in relationship with the place or person in front of their lens. The photographer and writer, Jan Phillips, calls the process of taking photographs “…an encounter with the God who is at eye-level.” Perhaps now, more than ever, the world needs more people who can learn to see not just visually, but viscerally – to not just look quickly and judge, but to search, feel, relate, reflect and be-friend. LIAV Camp 2016 helped me tremendously on my journey to “encounter God at eye-level.”

“I am a photographer. Photography has helped me to slow down, be fully present, and come to see the world with a new and enriched perspective. It literally saved my sanity when I turned 50, my mother died, my boys left home, and my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. When I am behind my camera, I am a different person – someone who SEES with fresh and softened eyes. LIAV 2016 camp, in a similar way, helped me to see the world and the people in it, through a different lens – a lens of compassion, empathy, inclusion and wholeness. In 2016, I was a new ‘camper’, somewhat skeptical, tentative, and wary of the ‘club-like’ intensity of the relationships between returning campers. I held back, was hesitant to participate in many things, and often ‘watched’ from a distance. But Patti’s pre-camp session on Diversity and Difference, as well as the general sessions with Patti and MaryAnne CHANGED me – changed my way of seeing and being in the world. I’d like to share the power of that experience with new and returning campers, using images and metaphors from photography, to both encourage full engagement in the camp experience and to celebrate the power of how the experience – if you let it – can change the way you SEE yourself, your fellow humans, and the possibilities of a world where love and trust are your first responses.”

About Jeri Leach: I’m an introvert and a bookworm. Words have been my solace and passion since I was a young girl. I was a nerd in high school, and the Latin teacher’s pet. I double majored in Economics (to get a job) and English Literature (just because). Although I won the Creative Writing Medal in high school, I never thought about being a writer. I wanted to be a UN linguist or a psychiatrist; God knows how I ended up becoming a banker. But a banker I was, for 33 years. I’ve lent money and collected it; I’ve held a securities license and trained brokers. I’ve served as an executive coach and implemented technology systems worldwide. I lived through the 2008 crash and came out employed on the other side. Now I’m a management consultant, specializing in financial services, HR, and Project Management. In 2010, I hit a crisis point. I turned 50. My mother died, and my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My youngest son left for college, and I was exhausted, tired of watching death approach. I was scared, alone and searching. So I picked up the pen again, as well as a camera. And the rest is history.

Owning Your Story So It Doesn't Own You

Owning Your Story So It Doesn’t Own You, with Candace Doby

Everyone has a story that has threatened to own, suppress or define them. When we own our stories (and not the other way around), we can restore ourselves and inspire others. In this talk, Candace Doby will share a personal story that owned her for years as well as the steps she took gain power over it. You will learn to: 1. Share your story. (You can’t own what you don’t release.) 2. Recognize that you have power over your story. 3. Reframe your story in a way that inspires you.

Candace Doby is a student of courage who delights in discovering how to conjure the virtue and apply it to life’s dilemmas. Her goal is to inspire others to act courageously. When she’s not mining her day for lessons on courage, you can find her dancing in front of her bathroom mirror or working on an arts and crafts project. http://candacedoby.com

 

 

The Shoes I've Worn

The Shoes I’ve Worn, with Suzanne Stevens

Born barefoot – Fitting into my shoes/Fitting into my Life – How the shoes I now choose are a reflection of accepting who I am.

Campers will learn to be accepting of themselves by reflecting on how their shoes over their lifetime expressed who they’ve been. They will understand the freedom to choose what they wear on their feet in support of their bodies and themselves.

Suzanne Stevens was born and raised in NY in a traditional middle class family, and has been married to her best friend for over 33 years. Live creatively. Always a seeker.

Following My Heart Compass

 Following My Heart Compass, with Lynda Allen

Transformation can come from unexpected places. Trusting your heart compass will guide you truly. Sometimes a chance to fly is disguised as a chance to fall.

“Learning to follow my heart compass led me to unexpected places and to great joy, but it was also a process that took a lot of patience as I learned to listen to and trust the guidance of my heart. The journey began with reluctantly admitting to myself that I was unhappy, and through listening, discovering the one completely unexpected word that would be my guide from there to joy.

Healing the world absolutely always begins with looking within for what calls for healing in our own heart. My journey of learning to listen to and trust my heart compass was a journey of healing and self-discovery that transformed my life, and therefore enabled me to touch the lives of those around me more positively and more peacefully, to raise children who are awake and compassionate, and to be a source of peace in my community.”

Lynda Allen is a spiritual evolutionary, helping hearts to shift through sharing the story of her own evolution as a spiritual being. One of her soul’s greatest joys is listening, and writing what she hears. Lynda discovered a love for listening to the guidance of Spirit in the form of writing through time spent in the stillness of her own writing and meditation practice, and by being present in and listening to the natural world. She has found comfort, inspiration, guidance, insight, and wisdom in the words that move through her. Lynda delights in opportunities to share the words that move through her at poetry readings, speaking engagements and workshops. They are words that speak directly to the heart, and inspire others to not only heed the call of their own heart, but also to embrace their journey, both the light and the dark, with joy and wonder. Another of Lynda’s passions is helping to create a more peace filled world. She is committed to her personal meditation practice and to helping others with their own practice. For more than seven years she has been sharing the practice of meditation and mindfulness with adults, and more recently with youth.

Triumph over (MD-Prescribed) Drug Addiction

 Triumph over (MD-Prescribed) Drug Addiction, with Bo Mackison

“I was physically addicted to physician-prescribed medication, a medication doctors repeatedly told me was “too difficult” to stop taking. Then new studies came out linking long term use (of benzodiazapenes) to a huge uptake in the incidence of Alzheimers. I was no longer willing to be told “it’s too hard.” I found a doctor willing to help. The process took 8 months of dosage cuts every 10 days. I wanted to quit or delay a scheduled cut repeatedly, but was afraid if I did I would never succeed. I used my art and writing practices when the withdrawal symptoms were nearly unbearable. It was the hardest thing I have done in my entire life and my proudest accomplishment. I began this journey of drug withdrawal on January 6, 2016. August 26, 2016 was the first day I was drug-free in 25+ years. In this case, art truly did play a primary part in my healing process. (Plus I think it is important to learn how prevalent MD-prescribed drug addiction is, and that while difficult, with proper support it is possible to break free and be free.)”

Bo Mackison is an artist, photographer, poet, and writer who develops contemplative and accessible creative practices that offer meaning and healing to individuals and community.

Widening Our Circles of Friendship - Including Those With Disabilities

Widening Our Circles of Friendship – Including Those With Disabilities, with Debbie Mackie

“In my own professional and personal life I have observed and experienced that people with disabilities are often isolated from meaningful friendships. Making a conscious decision to extend a hand of friendship can result in both people having an enriching positive experience. By understanding my own relationships with two people with disabilities, my self knowledge has dramatically shifted and thus changed my view of the world. These friendships are important because these smaller shifts in one-on-one relationships have ripple effects to the rest of the world through families, services and general society.”

Through stories of personal examples of friendships with people with disabilities the group will learn: 1. how to reach out to people who may appear to have different abilities. 2. to see how both people can grow through these relationships. 3. to see how these friendships can effect society at large, including families.

Debbie Mackie is a educator and friend to many including those with disabilities. She enjoys writing, painting, reading and Friday afternoon dance parties.

Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

7-8am and 5-6pm each day

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga, with Stacey Beth Shulman

7-8am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings

Restorative yoga is a practice that encourages participants to release muscle tension and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). the long, supported holds allow the nervous system to recalibrate and muscles to soften, resulting in deep relaxation and feelings of wellbeing.

Restorative yoga is deeply healing on so many levels. On the physical plane, Restorative yoga can help to lower blood pressure, increase the transfer of oxygen from cell to cell, and boost the immune system. This practice can also calm the nervous system, increase the body’s healing capacity, and help to develop compassion for self and others.

This gentle style of yoga combines simple breathwork, centering meditation, and supported yoga postures to calm your mind and soothe your soul. This is an all-levels class. Absolute Beginners as well as those with More Yoga Experience are most welcome. Bring your yoga mat or a towel to practice on, and a blanket and/or pillow if you’d like.

Participants will have an opportunity to experience restorative yoga, to learn breathing techniques that can calm the nervous system, and discover restorative yoga poses they can do at home.

Stacey Beth Shulman, E-RYT 500 has been a full time yoga teacher for more than 7 years. She specializes in Restorative and Trauma Sensitive yoga modalities. Stacey’s mission is to bring the gift of body awareness to people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and genders through gentle movement and attention to breath.

 

 

 

Nurture: Self and Others

Nuture: Self and Others

We cannot give what we do not have, and we will only give what we do have. We can learn how to nurture ourselves so that we can nurture others. We must put on our own oxygen masks first, and yoga is a great way to do that!!!!! (endless exclamation points!!!!)

Gentle yoga with stretching and breathing techniques, ending in a guided meditation that will help practitioners feel grounded as they move about their day or evening at camp.

Campers will gain appreciation for their bodies, freer minds, and the grounding needed to go out and heal others.

Faculty to be announced.

 

Camp Dance: The Healing Power of Movement

Camp Dance: The Healing Power of Movement, with Lila Danielle

7-8am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings

Begin your morning with movement, music and bit of inspiration for the day. This kind of dance is about making it up as you go. This kind of dance provides an opportunity to dance how you feel, not how you think. This kind of dance is an embodied experience of self-expression, discovery and delight. Whee!

Physical movement and creative expression are essential to one’s health and well-being. Campers will get a bit of exercise, a delightful sense of one’s own creativity, and a feeling of deep connection to self and with others.

Our bodies are both wisdom-keepers and wound-vessels. When the body moves, everything else inside is given an opportunity to move as well (thoughts, feelings, emotions) provided that a safe space has been created in which to do so. Camp Dance will offer a chance for participants to move and be moved in a variety of ways that will foster a palpable healing presence in oneself and in the space we dance in.

Lila Danielle dances and writes in Maui, Hawaii. She facilitates movement-based events and retreats and enjoys creating meaningful and memorable experiences for guests at her bed and breakfast.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi with Clint Jones

5-6pm on Friday and Saturday evenings

Details to come.

What set Camp apart from any other gathering I’ve attended was that in addition to great sessions, the attendees created an atmosphere of respect, honesty, trust, and vulnerability I’d never encountered before. It was raw, in the best way possible. I came away with a deeper appreciation of people and made new friendships I’m happy to say are flourishing. I look forward to returning to Camp in 2017.

Jeff Harbert

Camp was seeing myself again through brand new eyes. The entire experience interrupted how I usually see my self, and with that fresh perspective, a new level of me unfolded. I found words that had been locked in deep chambers tumbling out onto pages. I found courage that had been brewing stepping out into the light. I found a brand new way to see myself in the world. And surrounding all of that, I found a tribe who wanted nothing but to witness me, all of me.

Shannon Loucks

Camp was memorable – so many wonderful people gathered together who were courageous and creative. We shared a desire to just be open and honest, and everyone respected that. It opened up space for us to learn, stretch, try new things, and have a lot of fun in the process!  I made so many friends from all over the country (and world!) that weekend, and the connection and sharing continues to this day.

Franky McArthur

Connection with a community of the most generous, giving, caring, and supportive individuals was the gift I took home with me from Camp last year. Every single person there mattered. I’ve never experienced a more encouraging, accepting, open, environment and can’t wait to go back and do it all over again!

Caren Browning Albers

Camp FAQ 

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Who is the host of Camp?

Patti booksPatti Digh is an author, speaker, teacher, community-builder and social justice activist. She is the author of eight books. Her first book was a Fortune Magazine “Best Business Book” for 2000 and her third book, Life is a Verb, was one of four finalists for the prestigious “Books for a Better Life” award in 2008. Both Life is a Verb and her next book, Creative is a Verb, were finalists for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association’s “Book of the Year” award.

Patti has traveled, lived, and worked in over 60 countries. Her clients have included the AARP, American Red Cross, Boeing, Achva College (Israel), Daimler Chrysler, JP Morgan Chase, Cendant, American Society for Quality, Discovery Communications, Australian Human Resources Association, Government of Guyana, City of Boston, George Washington University, Florida Power and Light, American Psychological Association, Equity Residential, UPS, United State Postal Service, Society of American Foresters, United States Geological Survey, Special Libraries Association, PEPSICO, Shell, Progress Energy, National Parks Conservation Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, Employee Relations Council, American Cancer Society, American School Food Service Association, University of NC at Asheville, University of Illinois, University of Southern Maine, American Society of Association Executives, and many more.

She has served on the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and the National Diversity Committees of the AARP, the American Society for Association Executives, and the American Red Cross, among other organizations.

Patti founded Life is a Verb Camp in 2013.

Is this just for writers or artists?

Camp 2015 MARG pre-campWhile the main speakers at Camp are always poets, it isn’t because this is a writing Camp. It’s because poets teach us how to pay attention to our lives, how to see the deeper meaning in our days, how to listen to the rhythms of our living–and because the work of poets in the world is something to be celebrated and supported. You are welcome to write–or sing, or make art, or simply sit quietly by the lake. Teachers, executives, coaches, artists, writers, business people, parents–all come to Camp.

What does the Camp registration fee cover?

Your Camp fee covers:

  • All Circle, Focus and Spark Sessions
  • Choose 2 Create! Sessions to attend on Friday afternoon
  • Choose 1 Master Class to attend on Saturday
  • 2 daily Becoming Bendy Sessions of your choice
  • Daily snacks
  • Opening Night Party
  • VerbTribe Open Mic Session
  • All Evening Entertainment
  • Fun Camp patches to collect as you engage in Camp activities
  • A Camp bag + more goodies and magic.

You can reserve a spot at Camp for as low as a $250 partial payment.

Camp Fees:

Before Sept 1, 2017 = $837

After Sept 1, 2017 = $895

This fee doesn’t cover travel, lodging, and any alcohol you choose to purchase at our evening events. Life is a Verb Camp doesn’t provide free alcohol for any of its events, in support of our friends in recovery.

For travel budget planning purposes, the three closest airports are AVL (30 min), GSP (70 min), and CLT (120 min).

Housing costs (including all meals) will be $126 per person per night for doubles and $164/night for singles (no taxes or fees are charged).

 

Where is it held?

kanuga postcardCamp is held at the Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center in Hendersonville NC, near Asheville.

Established in the 1930s, Kanuga Conference Center is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, but not run by it. It is a fully inclusive facility and Camp is not a religious gathering.

The 39 historical cabins on campus have been lovingly restored and furnished. Each room has two twin beds, and the cabins range from 2-6 bedrooms each. Another housing option is the Kanuga Inn. We have limited rooms available in the Inn, which has also recently been updated.

With 1,400 acres, hiking trails, and Kanuga Lake, this is a gorgeous setting for Life is a Verb Camp.

The closest airports are Asheville (AVL), Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), and Charlotte (CLT), with AVL being the closest to Camp.

What about housing?

Kanuga-cabins.jpgAfter you register, you’ll receive a link to make your housing reservation at Kanuga. You’ll be able to choose one of two types of rooms:

1) In the Inn – standard rooms with two twin beds. These are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE SOLD OUT AS OF 4/4/17

2) In one of Kanuga’s historic cottages, lovingly restored – from 2-6 bedrooms each (each room with 2 twin beds).

Double rooms will be $126 per person per night. Single rooms will be $164/night. These charges include all your meals. No taxes or fees will be added to these amounts. You can reserve your room with a $100 deposit, and the remaining balance will be due by October 1, 2017.

A link to register for your room will be emailed with your Camp registration confirmation.

What is the Camp schedule?

Wednesday, Nov 1

4-8pm – Registration open for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

6-6:45pm – Dinner for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

7-9pm – Evening event for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

Thursday, Nov 2

8-10am – Camp Registration Open

9-4:30pm – Pre-Camp Workshops

2-9pm – Camp Registration Open

5-6pm – New Camper Orientation

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-10pm – Opening of Camp

Friday, Nov 3

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-12noon – General Session with Patti Digh, Jessica Helen Lopez, and Focus/Spark Speakers

12-12:45pm – Lunch

1:15-2:45pm – Create Workshops

2:45-3:15pm – Break

3:15-4:45pm – Create Workshops

5-6pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9:30pm – Camper Marketplace

Saturday, Nov 4

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – General Session with Neil Hilborn

10:15-10:45 – Break

10:45-3:15pm – Master Classes (with break for lunch from 12-1:15pm)

5-6pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9:15pm – Strong Offer Talent Show

9:30pm – S’mores by the Lake

Sunday, Nov 5

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – VerbTribe Open Mic (readers will be chosen by lottery)

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-12noon – General Session with Toi Derricotte

12-12:45pm – Closing Lunch

What will I get out of Camp?
Find your tribe

Find your tribe

You will regain your courage, reignite your creativity, reclaim your community, and rekindle your compassion.

You’ll find a tribe that challenges and supports one another. You’ll find surprise and whimsy and magic and wholehearted engagement. You’ll find a place where you can truly come as you are. You’ll find that the question isn’t so much “what will I get from this?” but “what am I bringing to this?”

You will laugh. You will create.

You will be surprised. You will have conversations that matter.

You will leave inspired, delighted, and transformed.

You will leave courageous, creative, connected, and compassionate.

What should I bring to Camp?

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 10.32.05 AMBring an open mind and a willing spirit. A flashlight will be helpful, too. You’ll get a full packing list after registration a few months before Camp–think about Summer Camp and pack accordingly: few clothes, more heart.

Most importantly, come as you are.

How many people will be at Camp?

We value intimacy and relationship over publicity and mega-meetings. Camp is limited to 137 people.

What is the Camper Marketplace?

Camp is full of creative people. We invite Campers to showcase their arts and crafts in a Camper Marketplace on Friday evening at Camp. Here, you will be able to browse and buy beautiful handmade goods from fellow Campers.

Camper Marketplace tables for selling are available for $30/table or $20/half-table. The tables are 6′ long, and you can register to sell at the Camper Marketplace during the registration process.

What about meals?

All meals and snacks are included with your Camp and housing registration fees. (If you are not staying at Kanuga, you may purchase meal tickets separately as a “commuter” during the registration process).

We will eat in the Kanuga Conference Center dining hall at the following times during Camp, with vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. You will have a chance to note any food allergies or needs in the registration process. Healthy snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon as well as at most of our evening events.

Breakfast: 8-8:45am

Lunch: 12-12:45pm

Dinner: 6-6:45pm

What is the magic of Camp?

What’s the real magic of Camp?

You.

Until August 31, Camp registration is $837.

After September 1, Camp registration is $895.

Pre-Camp Workshops cost an additional $250.

Housing is not included, but is available at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center for $126 per person/double and $164/single. All meals are included in that cost.

Give yourself the gift of courage, creativity, and community

Registration is open!

Join us for Camp!