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Borestone Mountain Art and Writing Retreat
Instructors: Alan Bray (Art) & Kimberly Ridley (Writing)
This inaugural retreat is part of a collaboration between Maine Audubon and Monson Arts. Taking place over four days in September at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, participants will engage in intensive study in either writing or art, gathering together for meals and staying in the sanctuary’s rustic, secluded lodges at the base of Borestone Mountain. 10 students in each discipline will enjoy a communal 5-day/4-night retreat away from modern distractions to focus on their individual creative work.
The Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary features spectacular lodges located between Midday and Sunset Ponds. Designed and built in the early 1900s and recently renovated with modern kitchen and bath facilities, the four lodges are authentic, rustic, Adirondack-style log buildings.
Meals will be provided. These are all shared bunk rooms with twin, bunk beds, or a few double beds. Please see the room chart and photos of the lodge rooms on our website. Room preferences will be accommodated based on the order of student registration.
Once a student has registered for the retreat, a staff member will be in touch to confirm preferences and logistics. Information about scholarship opportunities is available for students and others upon request.
For questions regarding the workshops please contact, Dan Bouthot at Monson Arts, email@example.com.
For questions regarding the accommodations, please contact Beth Pauls at Maine Audubon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no internet or cell phone connectivity at the Borestone Lodges.
Monson Arts is a new artists' residency and arts workshop program being developed in Monson with the support of the Libra Foundation. Learn more at monsonarts.org.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
“Drawing/Painting at Borestone Mountain” with Alan Bray
The lodges on Borestone Mt. are a spectacular place, located in a bowl shaped depression, which holds three small ponds halfway to the top of the mountain. It is a place of great beauty and a profound silence from the everyday world. This workshop is open to any medium you prefer as long as you can carry it in your pack. There are no studios as such but ample room on the porches and of course on the mountain and the grounds. This will be an opportunity to immerse oneself in the study of a natural world that has been untouched for 100 years or more.
Alan Bray was born in 1946 in Waterville, Maine. He grew up in Monson, Maine, and attended the Art Institute of Boston, The University of Southern Maine, and earned a MA in Painting from The Villa Schiffanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Sangerville, Maine, and is represented by Garvey/Simon Art Access in New York and Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. http://www.alanbray.com/
“Wild Words: Nature Writing” with Kimberly Ridley
“We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility. I’ve come to think of writing as an act of reciprocity with the living land.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
How do we awaken to the wild world around us and find the words to share what we discover? How do we weave personal history and natural history into a greater whole to better understand ourselves and mend the rifts between humans and the rest of nature?
We will write our way into these questions as we observe and explore the Sanctuary’s forests, mountains, and ponds. Through the work of writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, we will examine craft and a range of styles and approaches to writing about nature. Generative writing exercises will provide opportunities to experiment with new ways of seeing and writing about nature and make new connections between our own stories and the wild world around us.
Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, naturalist, and former magazine editor whose essays and articles have appeared in Downeast Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has worked with scores of emerging and established writers in bringing stories of hope, wildness, and possibility into the world. A Maine native, Kimberly is the author of award-winning nature books for children. She lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, the painter Tom Curry. http://www.kimberlyridley.org
Speaker Series: Robin Kimmerer
Author of best-selling Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants will share the perspectives of a botanist and our native people as they relate to native New England plants.
Copies of Dr. Kimmerer's books will be available for sale and signing at our Nature Store that evening.
Thursday Morning Bird & Nature Walk
with Doug Hitchcox
Location: Gilsland Farm
Join us each Thursday for an easy stroll through Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary. We will walk the property primarily looking for birds but won’t ignore any other wildlife or plants. Bring your binoculars and dress to be comfortable outside for two hours. Our total walk is usually 1.8 miles but people can leave early if needed.
We meet near the main parking lot. If you arrive late we are typically by the pond for the first 15-20 minutes before heading into the West Meadow. Walks last approximately 2 hours.
A list of the most recent bird sightings from Gilsland Farm can be found here: ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L251783
Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237