July 15-20, 2019
Take your craft to wild spaces and hone your writing in one of the most beautiful classrooms in the West, among the best teachers we know: Horses, Mountains, Rivers, and Mules. Both writing and riding invite you to heighten your sensitivity to the world around you. Each invites you to pay attention. As Emerson reminds us, “for that guide to find us, we must be still, be quiet. Sit for a while by the river and take in and become its form.” When we walk into wilderness, we walk into the wilderness of our own selves—those untrammeled places home to complex ecosystems. During this trip, we will document what we discover while traveling through these internal and external landscapes and explore what it means to be reverent. We will take seriously Emerson’s idea that “the poet speaks adequately only when he [she] speaks wildly.” Whether you are an emerging or established writer, this course will provide the space, support, and inspiration to deepen your craft while you tease out the dimensions of your relationship to the wild world around you through writing. You bring the pen and notebook; we’ll bring the horses and opinionated mules.
Experience Level: We encourage participants to have a basic foundation with horsemanship and have experience applying riding fundamentals. Questions? Feel free to reach out to explore whether this is the right trip for you.