There are THREE options to stay in the Hart House. Purchasing this room is includes a private bathroom in the Prairie Room, which comes with an additional writing porch.
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.
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.
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
7:00-9:00pm: Workshop session
Saturday, April 13
8:00-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Morning session
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)
7:30-8:30pm: Student readings
Sunday, April 14
10:30-12:30pm: Morning session
12:30-3pm: Writing, reading, strolling in the prairie
*(schedule subject to change)