Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Live Your Art: A Creative Retreat for Artists of All Kinds

January 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


During this powerful workshop with poet and creative writer Holly Spaulding, you’ll make space to contemplate powerful questions, clarify a creative goal, and gather ideas toward a personal project that you would like to give your attention to during the coming year. Using writing prompts and other exercises, we’ll consider how the practice of art, in all its forms, helps us to make meaning from our experiences, integrate and heal, and nourish the imagination in profound and necessary ways.

How This Course Can Help Your Art Practice

An art practice is a way of being alive in the world. Throughout history, artists have sparked positive change, not just within ourselves, but in our homes, communities, and wider world. Are you wondering how your artistic practice could do the same—for you and others? Join us and leave with a personal manifesto or mission statement, handmade mantra or altar card, and a clearer sense of where your art practice fits into your actual life.

All are welcome, regardless of discipline or level of experience.



Driven by her belief that living a mindful life immersed in art is a revolutionary act, Holly Wren Spaulding is a writer and teacher who catalyzes her collaborators, clients, and students toward a more humane and intimate way of being in the world as artists.

Through her writing, courses, and collaborative relationships, Holly Wren Spaulding initiates spaces where together, we can experience a deeper sense of calm sufficiency, and shared intellectual and creative inquiry. Her commitment, in each of these areas, is to foster radical imagination at a time when boundary crossing and greater empathy is truly needed in all areas of private and public life.

In addition to running Poetry Forge, Holly is a member of the creative writing faculty at Interlochen College of Creative Arts, teaches occasional letterpress & poetry workshops at Big Wheel Press, and guest teaches at other arts institutions, upon request. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, The Ecologist, and in the books Elemental: Creative Nonfiction from Michigan (Wayne State University Press, 2018) and We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003). Alice Greene & Co. has published two poetry collections: If August in 2017, and Pilgrim, in 2014. Fleda Brown selected The Grass Impossibly for the 2008 Michigan Cooperative Press Chapbook Prize.

Her poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net award. She earned early support for her work when she won Five Avery Hopwood Awards for both her poetry and essay writing, at the University of Michigan. Ms. Spaulding has been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Hill House, The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art & Science, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and the Leelanau Cultural Center, where she was the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence, and she serves on the advisory board of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. She received degrees in creative writing from University of Michigan and Trinity College, Ireland.

Scroll to the bottom to register and pay online
To register and pay at the door call 413.203.2356

*There is a minimum of six needed for this class. The workshop will be canceled if not enough register.


Tickets are not available as this event has passed.


January 19
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Holly Spaulding


40 Cottage Street
Easthampton, MA 01027 United States
+ Google Map