Accessing Ancestral Medicine: A Silent Writing Retreat with instructor Melissa Bennett

Sat, May 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spring 2020 Workshop Series

Accessing Ancestral Medicine: A Silent Writing Retreat with instructor Melissa Bennett

In today’s hectic world of information overload it can be challenging to find time for silence, contemplation, and reflection. In this silent writing retreat we will access the quiet of Seaview’s natural landscape to listen for and remember the stories of our ancestors. We will be guided by a series of writing prompts and will meet a few times throughout the day to share our writing and build community.

Melissa Bennett (Umatilla/Nez Perce/Sac & Fox/Anishinaabe), M.Div. is a writer, storyteller, story listener, educator, and spiritual care provider. She was a 2015 recipient of the Evergreen State College Longhouse Native Creative Development Grant, has previously published with The 3rd Thing Press, Yellow Medicine Review, and Indigenous Goddess Gang, and is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop – an association of socially engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and serve community.

COST: $45

BRING: Fast moving writing pens, a notebook you can get messy in, the willingness to share what you create, and an item or photo that connects you to an ancestor or ancestors. Dress weather appropriate. Please bring a sack lunch for yourself and optional snacks to share. Water and coffee provided.

This workshop is for students age 18 and over. 8 students max.

RSVP: or 360-642-2542 between 9am-9pm


The Sou’wester Lodge at 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA 98644

This class is part of the Spring 2020 Workshop Series. All classes are open to the public and all skill levels welcome. Visit to see the full schedule of artist-led workshops.

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