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.

You want to find The Courage to Create your most meaningful life.

Step into intention for four magical days in November

Our theme for 2018 is "The Courage to Create"

November 1-4 at Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville NC

We begin with Pre-Camp Workshops on Thursday, November 1, and Camp opens that evening at 7pm. We close at 1pm on Sunday, November 4, following our closing lunch.

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.

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

Our keynote speakers love Camp.

“One of the most inspiring and fun experiences of my life. A validation of the spirit. A love fest. An immersion in learning new ways to be brave, compassionate, and self-caring. Write poetry. Walk the labyrinth. Make art. Dance. Eat. You will go away having been awakened to a new self and a new appreciation of your fellow campers. I’m eager to return.”  –Toi Derricotte, National Book Award-winning poet and keynote speaker at Life is a Verb Camp 2017

 

Who has keynoted at Life is a Verb Camp in the past? Click here to find out!

Along with Camp founder, author Patti Digh, here are some of the recent keynoters at Camp:

2013 – Performance poets Andrea Gibson and Shane Koyczan

2014 – Poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Ellen Bass

2015 – Storyteller David Roche, poet and founder of The Body is Not an Apology Sonya Renee Taylor, and Author/Artist Em Radmacher

2016 – Poet Glenis Redmond and Author/Artist Em Radmacher

2017 – Poets Jessica Helen Lopez, Neil Hilborn, and Toi Derricotte

In 2018, author Patti Digh is offering Life is a Verb Camp scholarships to three people with disabilities.

These scholarships will cover Camp registration and three nights’ housing at Camp.

Go here to apply. Deadline is 12/31/17.

Hear from Campers what Life is a Verb Camp is like!

full of heart, wisdom, and magic

 

hands-on workshops and deep dives

 

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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. Both Life is a Verb”and her next book, Creative is a Verb, were nominees for the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Association Book of the Year in 2008 and 2010. 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, and has worked as a social justice educator and advocate for over 30 years. Her “Hard Conversations: Introduction to Racism” online course has educated over 8,000 individuals since 2015.

Patti speaks all over the world about diversity, inclusion, mindfulness, and innovation, and lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her family.

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 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 far beyond the Camp weekend.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this transformative weekend in 2018 when we’ll celebrate the 6th year of Camp. Limited to 137 Campers so we can truly enjoy the joys and gifts of community.

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

About Carrie Newcomer

conversational, introspective songwriting that celebrates and savors the ordinary, yet sacred, moments of our lives

“To my mind — a writer’s mind — Carrie Newcomer is much more than a musician. She’s a poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace. All this, and she comes with a voice that declares, ‘Sit down here a minute and listen.’ Who could ask for more?”
— Barbara Kingsolver (Author, The Poisonwood Bible)

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. The Austin Statesman described her as having “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” and Rolling Stone once said, she “asks all the right questions.” Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said, “she’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’”

Recent appearances on PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and National Award Winning Krista Tippett’s On Being, have focused on her use of creative art-form as a spiritual/mindfulness practice, her work in social/ environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, progressive spirituality and as a champion for a new political conversation. She has toured with Alison Krauss Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better” on their Grammy-winning album This Side.

She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. Newcomer, a contemplative Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. In recent years, Newcomer has emerged as a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social and environmental justice. Carrie internationally facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, spirituality & vocation in secular, college/educational and spiritual settings.

Carrie Newcomer

Songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator.

About Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is an American poet. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is also a Fulbright Scholar. He became a dual faculty member at the University of Iowa where he teaches creative nonfiction in the English Department and also acts as a public humanities scholar at the university’s Carver Institute of Macular Degeneration. For years, he has acted as a speaker on education, diversity, public policy, and disability. Kuusisto learned to read Braille at the age of thirty-nine and has produced, and continues to produce professional works of poetry and literature.[

In his writing career, Stephen wrote a memoir entitled Planet of the Blind (1998) which jump-started his career, landing his poems and essays in such magazines as Harper’sThe New York Times MagazinePartisan Review and other various anthologies. He also made appearances on The Oprah Winfrey ShowDateline NBC, and BBC. This memoir catalogs the lifelong struggle of societal acceptance as well as personal acceptance of his blindness. Some of his other works include Only Bread, Only Light (2000), a collection of poems that portray the strangely beautiful world of visual imagery and extraordinary yet delicate language.

Letters to Borges,[his most recent collection of poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. Currently, he is in the process of writing a collection of prose poems for Copper Canyon Press entitled Mornings with Borges. He is also working on a set of political poems that address disability. Stephen also founded a foundation Kaleidoscope Connections LLC with his wife Connie which helps to raise awareness of disability.

Stephen Kuusisto

American poet and author of Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “notable book of the year,” among other books.

About Jonathan Santos

Jonathan Santos aka “Santos”, of African American and Puerto Rican descent was born in New York City but was raised in Asia. He completed high school in Japan, lived in South Korea and studied abroad in China. He is an artist, poet, songwriter, cultural organizer and father.

Often recognized for his role in the documentary “American Textures,” his works focus on social, intra-personal, and environmental justice, always starting with self as his latest CD title I’m Changing the World, by Changing Me suggests.

Santos is a change agent, connecting the power of spoken word, music, storytelling and performance for people of all ages. Focused on creating “message music”, his musical influences include, Bob Marley, Sam Cook, and Marvin Gaye to name a few. He has released 5 projects to date with his latest EP being recorded with a full band of Asheville based All-stars at Echo Mountain Recording Studio. “My Overall goal is to stay woke, and wake up as many people in the process, by creating timely and timeless music, poetry, and prose that move people to action, illuminating their true selves and nature. I hope they dance too!”

Jonathan Santos

artist, poet, songwriter, cultural organizer and father

About Gaelynn Lea

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work most recently won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.

“The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.”  –Jess Wolfe (Lucius)

On March 3, 2016, Gaelynn Lea was named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. The video entry of her original song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” rose to the top of over 6,100 submissions from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Gaelynn performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said: “there was hardly a dry eye.”

Gaelynn also does speaking engagements about disability, finding inner freedom, and the power of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change.

Gaelynn Lea

Award-winning musician, winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert, and Speaker

 

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 2018, our Pre-Camp Workshops will take place from 9am-4:30pm on Thursday, November 1:

“Days and Hours: Making Magic With Your Time” with Mary Anne Radmacher, author and artist

Pebble Silver Metal Jewelry Workshop with Molly Sharp, metalsmith

Creating an Airey Fairy Felted Scarf with Chad Alice Hagen, textile artist

An additional registration fee of $250 is required for each of these 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 7:15-9pm. 

Camper Marketplace

Camper 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 Camper 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 7-9pm on Friday evening at Camp.

New Camper Orientation

To help acclimate new Campers to Camp, we’ll have a New Camper Orientation on Thursday, November 1, from 5-6pm, after which we’ll wander to the Dining Hall together for our first Camp meal!

Opening of Camp

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

Thursday evening, Nov 1st, from 7-8:30pm.

Circle Sessions

These longer conversations allow us to dive deep. We’ll be joined in these dialogues at Camp 2018 by:

Musician and speaker Gaelynn Lea

Poet Stephen Kuusisto

Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

1379629_10201406378895294_822279734_nMornings at Camp begin (if you wish) with your choice of “Becoming Bendy” session, from 7-7:50am. We also offer “Becoming Bendy” classes from 5-5:50pm to help end your day with movement.

In the past, we have had yoga, dance, and tai chi classes, among others.

Our 2018 Bendy classes will be announced in February 2018. Yoga with Stacey Beth Shulman

 

 

Focus Sessions

These 15-minute sessions focus the Camp community on conversations that matter around Courage, Creativity, Community, and Compassion. Our Focus talks for 2018 will be announced in February 2018.

In 2017, we heard these stories, among others:

“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 90-minute hands-on workshops in which you make and do things, just like Summer Camp!

Our 2018 Create Workshops will be announced in February 2018. As an example, these were our Create session offerings for 2017.

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, Oct 31 (bonus points if you dress in costume)

2-8pm – Registration open for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

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

7-8pm – Informal evening gathering for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

Thursday, Nov 1

8am-12pm – Registration Open

9-4:30pm – Pre-Camp Workshops

12-12:45pm – Lunch for Pre-Camp Workshop Participants

1-6pm – Registration Open

5-6pm – New Camper Orientation

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-9pm – Opening of Camp

Friday, Nov 2

7-7:45am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-12noon – General Session

12-12:45pm – Lunch

1:15-2:45pm – Create Workshops

2:45-3:00pm – Break

3:00-4:30pm – Create Workshops

5-5:45pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-9pm – Camper Marketplace

Saturday, Nov 3

7-7:45am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – General Session

10:15-10:45 – Break

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

5-5:45pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9pm – Strong Offer Talent Show

9:15pm – S’mores by the Lake

Sunday, Nov 4

7-7:45am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – General Sessions

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30-12noon – VerbTribe Open Mic & Camp Closing

12-12:45pm – Closing Lunch

Spark Sessions

Each year, we feature an opportunity for Campers to tell their story. Our Spark talks are 7 minutes long.

In 2018, we’ll hear from several Campers with amazing stories to tell about Courage, Creativity, Community, and Compassion, with a particular emphasis on the courage to create your most meaningful life. Those Spark talks will be announced in February 2018.

Here are some examples of Spark Talks from years past:

“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

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

Our 2018 Master Classes will be announced in February 2018. Here were 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 2018. 

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction helps make Camp sustainable. In 2018, 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 8:45pm on Saturday evening, after which time the winners will be announced from the stage at the close of the Camp Talent Show.

What is Life is a Verb Camp like? Hear from Campers!

Pre-Camp Workshops

(Thursday, Nov 1 from 9-4:30pm)

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

Days and Hours: Making Magic with Your Time

Days and Hours: Making Magic with Your Time with Mary Anne Radmacher

This COULD be called “Making time with your magic,” and at the end of the day with Em, you’ll have a better sense of why that might apply. In a world full of buzz and whirr, Radmacher takes you into the calm chaos of creating. Utilizing a contradictory combination of production methodologies, classic time management techniques and reflective practices, you’ll lay your hands on handles to open doors of creative and innovative possibilities in each of your days. This is  helpful for people who are often heard to say, “I’m just not that creative.” For those familiar with the creative life, these are muses who come at invitation, not just when they feel like showing up! This is especially ideal for people who insist that they “just don’t have time or space to introduce creativity into” their days. From M.’s 30+ years as a production studio artist you will: practice the art of making something from next to nothing;identify and apply artful magic in your workplace and home;learn to be uninitiated by making 12 of a single something at a time (or 120 somethings);explore repurposing and upcycling for amazing results (you don’t have to spend a mint to have a creating space worth a bunch!);practice the art of start/stopping art;evaluate and complete practical methods of “art journaling,” that work in a really busy day. And a whole bunch more. No worries about bringing anything. M. brings it for you!

About Mary Anne Radmacher

MaScreen Shot 2017-10-16 at 6.54.25 PMry Anne Radmacher is a writer and an artist. She conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars, and works with individual clients. She has been writing since she was a child, and she uses her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life (Conari Press, 2007), and Live Boldly (Conari Press, 2008), along with 10 other books. Visit her online at www.maryanneradmacher.com or www.maryanneradmacher.net.

Pebble Silver Metal Jewelry Workshop

If you’ve ever collected perfectly smooth pebbles or sea glass from beaches, river beds, or lake shores and wondered what to do with them, this one-day workshop is the perfect solution!  Using diamond encrusted drill bits, students will drill through these materials then fabricate sterling silver wire and sheet to create beautifully unique pieces of jewelry  Students are welcome to bring small, smooth pebbles or seal glass for drilling. Lots of pebbles, silver and all other materials and tools will be provided. Good eyesight or magnification is a must. No experience is required.

Limited to 14 participants

About Molly Sharp
Molly Sharp headshotMolly Sharp’s journey into metalsmithing began over four decades ago when she lived in England where she studied metals, learning some of the basic, traditional European techniques. When she returned to the United States to live, she continued her education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She studied under some of this country’s top renowned Jewelers including John Cogswell, Marvin Jensen, Thomas Mann, Pat Flynn, Randy Long, Kate Wagle and Tom McCarthy.
Molly became a full-time jeweler and a member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild in 1996 in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1997 along with her husband, potter David Voorhees, she opened a very successful craft gallery which they owned for 16 years.
Molly continues to be a full-time jeweler and educator, teaching at several schools throughout the country and in her home studio in North Carolina. Her work is meticulously fabricated from sterling silver and gold. Over the years she has developed a style of textured and oxidized pieces, often with the use of constructed hollow forms, hinges and the incorporation of tiny, unpolished pebbles. Her work can be found in several galleries and on her website at mollysharpmetalsmith.com.
Creating an Aiery Fairy Scarf
The beautiful hand dyed and hand felted Airey Fairy scarf is possibly the best scarf in the world – fine merino wool helps creates a very soft feel and some folks who are normally allergic to wool can wear this type of wool. The instructor’s own hand dyed colors are exciting to use and once this scarf is on your shoulders, the compliments will not stop coming!  But possibly the best part is that YOU are making this scarf with your own hands becoming part of the long tradition of this historical textile technique.
Students will begin the class by choosing their roving colors from the instructor’s hand dyed fine Australian merino wool and then will learn how to layout and hand felt the full-size scarf in the traditional wet felted technique. (This is not a Nuno felting class)
Once you have made your first scarf in class, you will have the skills and knowledge to continue to make more scarves, both larger shawl size or smaller head wrap variations at home.
About Chad Alice Hagen

Camp 2018 Pre-Camp workshop Chad Alice Hagen headshotChad Alice Hagen has two big loves in her life – bookmaking and textiles, especially the resist dyeing of hand felted and woven wool. She has been exploring resist dyeing and surface design on felt since 1979 and exploring the book structure since the turn of the century!  Combining these two interests gave her the tools to begin her exploration of making books featuring textiles, handmade or rescued, as the covers.

She received her BA and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Her felt work has been on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, and Fiberarts magazines.  She has written three books about feltmaking – Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking Fabulous Felt Hats and with Jorie Johnson – Fabulous Felted Scarves (Lark Books). She is currently working on a book about resist dyeing on wool.

Chad has been teaching workshops for over 40 years throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and at her current studio in West Asheville, North Carolina.

Create Workshops!

small group arts & crafts workshops

Click on each box below for details.

Our 2018 Create Workshops will be announced in February 2018.

 

Master Classes

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

 

These were our Master Classes in 2017. Our 2018 Master Classes will be announced in February 2018.

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

These were our 2017 Focus and Spark Speakers. Our 2018 Focus and Spark Speakers will be announced in February 2018.

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

These were our Becoming Bendy classes at Camp 2017.

Our 2018 Becoming Bendy classes will be announced in February 2018.

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 every year.

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 Workshops 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 Event
  • 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 November 15, 2017 if paid in full = $697

Before December 31, 2017 with a payment plan = $737

January 1 – September 1, 2018 = $837

After Sept 1, 2018 = $895

This fee doesn’t cover travel, lodging, and any alcohol you choose to purchase at our evening event on Saturday night. 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). You will need to make a $150 housing deposit to hold a room for Camp, with the balance due by October 1, 2018.

 

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.jpgYou will be able to register for housing at Kanuga as you register for Camp. If you want to stay on campus with us at Kanuga, you should register early. 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.

2) In one of Kanuga’s historic cottages, lovingly restored – from 2-6 bedrooms each (each room with 2 twin beds). Also limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 $150 deposit, and the remaining balance will be due by October 1, 2017.

What is the Camp schedule?

Wednesday, Oct 31

1-8pm – Registration open for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

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

7-8pm – Informal gathering for Pre-Camp Workshop participants

Thursday, Nov 1

8am-6pm – Camp Registration Open

9-4:30pm – Pre-Camp Workshops

5-6pm – New Camper Orientation

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-9pm – Camp Registration Open

7-8:30pm – Opening of Camp

Friday, Nov 2

7-7:50am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

8-10am – Camp Registration Open

9-12noon – General Session

12-12:45pm – Lunch

1:15-2:45pm – Create Workshops

2:45-3:00pm – Break

3-4:30pm – Create Workshops

5-5:50pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7:15-9:30pm – Camper Marketplace

Saturday, Nov 3

7-8am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10:15am – General Session

10:15-10:45 – Break

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

5-5:50pm – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement Sessions

6-6:45pm – Dinner

7-9pm – Strong Offer Talent Show, Photobooth Fun, and Party

9:15pm – S’mores by the Lake

Sunday, Nov 4

7-7:50am – Optional Becoming Bendy Movement sessions

8-8:45am – Breakfast

9-10am – General Session

10-10:30am – Break

10:30-12noon – VerbTribe Open Mic and Closing of Camp 2018

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 intended to be a true community, and 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 made by fellow Campers.

Camper Marketplace tables for selling your artwork 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.

In 2018, author Patti Digh is offering Life is a Verb Camp scholarships to three people with disabilities.

These scholarships will cover Camp registration and three nights’ housing at Camp.

Go here to apply. Deadline is 12/31/17.

CAMP REGISTRATION FEES

Until November 15, 2017, Camp registration is $697 if paid in full at the time of registration.

After November 15, 2017, and until December 31, 2017, Camp registration is $737 and a 3-part payment plan is available (you will be invoiced every 3 months).

After January 1, 2018 until September 1, 2018, Camp registration is $837. If you reserve your Camp registration by May 2018, a 3-part payment plan is available. After May 1, 2018, Camp fees will need to be paid in full at the time of registration, along with a $150 housing deposit for Kanuga.

After September 1, 2018, Camp registration is $895 and housing is payable in full, should you want onsite housing at Kanuga.

If you register before October 1, 2018, you will be guaranteed an official Life is a Verb Camp 2018 t-shirt; after that date, you may be able to purchase one in the Camp Store onsite, but sizes and selection will be limited so we can’t guarantee you’ll get one in your size.

Pre-Camp Workshops cost an additional $250.

Housing is not included in your Camp registration fee, but is available at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center for $126 per person/double and $164/single on a limited basis (first-come, first-served). All meals are included in that cost. Deposit of $250 for Camp and an additional $150 for Housing is due at the time of registration, should you want to book onsite housing.

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