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Ragdale Weekend Retreat 2024: Hart House Room 2 or 3 with Tara Betts

$850.00 · April 12

Hart House: Evelyn’s Room or the Meadow Apt. for April 12-14, 2024

Start Date

April 12






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There are THREE options to stay in the Hart House. Purchasing this room is includes a private bathroom in Evelyn’s Room or the Meadow Apt.

This is for the April 12-14 weekend retreat with Tara Betts.

Ragdale and StoryStudio Chicago are pleased to announce an exceptional writing retreat in spring 2024 at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, a spectacular setting that offers the best of nature and architecture.

The retreat led by Tara Betts will help attendees think about ways to generate new material.

In addition to scheduled programming, you’ll take advantage of the winding paths, secluded benches, and fifty acres of pristine prairie. The history of Ragdale, the unique setting, and the spirit of so many writers who have written in these spaces before are sure to inspire us all. This retreat will offer everyone the opportunity to stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.

What’s Included?
The purpose of this weekend is to leave the world behind so you can focus your attention and energy on your stories.

The retreat includes all programs, workshops, and use of the Ragdale grounds. Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday brunch are all included. OVERNIGHT registration includes a room to sleep in for the weekend. 

Retreat Schedule
The weekend’s schedule is never set in stone because we never know how the spirit of Ragdale will inspire us. Here is a general sense of writing time, workshops, meals, and unscheduled moments.

Friday, April 12
3pm-5:30pm: Arrival, check in, open writing
5:30pm: Welcome, wine 
6:00-7:00pm: Dinner 
7:00-9:00pm: Workshop session

Saturday, April 13
8:00-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
2:00-4:00pm: Afternoon session
4:00-6:00pm: Individual writing time (read, chat, nap, or simply relax with a walk through the prairie)
6:00pm: Dinner
7:30-8:30pm: Student readings 

Sunday, April 14
9:30am-10:30: Brunch
10:30-12:30pm: Morning session
12:30-3pm: Writing, reading, strolling in the prairie
3:00pm: Departure

*(schedule subject to change)

About Tara Betts

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Recently, she taught poetry workshops for three years at Stateville Prison via Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Tara is Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and the Lit Editor at Newcity.