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Ragdale Retreat 2024: Main House with Megan and Eiren

$1,650.00 · June 10

Room in the Main Ragdale House for June 10-15, 2024

Start Date

June 10







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Purchasing this room will put you in the Ragdale main house. You will be in one of these rooms: Top of the Stairs, Sarah’s Room, Alice’s Room, Blue Room, or Albert’s Room. This is an overnight purchase, with a private bathroom. Rooms are on the second story, accessible by stairs.

This is for the June 10-15, 2024 week-long retreat with Megan Stielstra and Eiren Caffall.

As part of Ragdale’s new series of Master Workshops, StoryStudio is proud to offer this week-long experience.

Part retreat, part mini-residency, this Master Workshop for writers will focus on providing space and community for your work-in-progress. Outside of structured writing time and mini-lessons, the week has been crafted to provide ample writing time to yourself.

The Retreat’s Theme: Memoir and the Natural Environment
In this moment on the planet, every story is an environmental story. Every story, in one way or another, honors the land. Place is as intimate to the human experience as our own bodies, and great memoir and environmental writing begins first in intimate observations. In a world experiencing dramatic change and collapse, those personal stories no longer exist in our old, imagined separations between humans and the world. Every story we tell brings us closer to the stars in our attempts to capture wonders and catastrophes in language and literature.

This week, we’ll be immersed in the nature of the midwestern prairie as we illuminate those connected relationships and make our own work about being human in the world in all its glories and fears. We’ll put those observations into context through the science, politics, and culture that surround them and the roots of environmental writing. We’ll spend time together thinking deeply about how voice and place interact, doing small scale “field work” observations, and writing through how the nature of seeing, feeling, and the visceral response to place changes our work. Writers should come away with a deep sense of many ways to connect the self and the land through our writing.

Unlike traditional workshops, this week-long retreat will be more consultation, generative, and discussion based.

There would also be slots during which participants will meet one-on-one with Megan or Eiren to discuss an element of their writing that they want. There isn’t meant to be pre-reading of work, so this will not be workshop-based, but rather a conversation of your ideas, where you’re at in the process, discussing the publishing industry, etc.

The week begins with dinner on Monday, and all meals are included through Saturday brunch.

*Please note: rooms are limited, and we cannot guarantee you a spot at any of our retreat spots. 

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About Eiren Caffall

Eiren Caffall is a writer and musician. Her work on loss, oceans, and extinction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, Al Jazeera, The Rumpus, and the anthology Elementals: Volume IV. Fire forthcoming in 2024 from The Center for Humans and Nature. She received a 2023 Whiting Award in Creative Nonfiction, a Social Justice News Nexus fellowship, and residencies at the Banff Centre, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, and Ragdale. Her memoir The Mourner’s Bestiary is forthcoming from Row House Publishing in 2024 and her novel All the Water in the World is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in early 2025.