Making Art as a Life Practice

Creative Strategies for Excavating Your Body’s Stories


Lidia Yuknavitch, Zinn Adeline

August 18-20, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$375 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

At its core, the process of making art is a life practice. It’s not about crafting the perfect sentence, attracting an audience, or even getting published. It’s about digging deeper, finding truer truths, and staying alive. Reimagining. Remaking. Reinventing.

Your body has a point of view, and when you tell stories from its perspective, they come out different. Urgent. Important. But how can you tap into these stories and incorporate them into your art in meaningful ways?

This weekend, writers Lidia Yuknavitch and Zinn Adeline guide you into unknown territory using body-centered prompts, memory play, and life cycles to spontaneously write and access your deeper truths. You will dig in, unearth, and excavate with generative writing from original prompts Lidia and Zinn have developed. Through discussion and sharing, you will work on your material and explore how you can craft your new discoveries into art.

Artists of all kinds and at all levels are welcome—there are no prerequisites, genre requirements, or boundaries. You’ll leave with new ideas and new material—and new tools for continuing to work with them.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Work with generative, body-centered writing prompts and articulate what you discover in ways that help you maintain a state of connected creativity.

  • Excavate the stories stored deep in your body and express them in whatever way they would like, including making up languages and forms to unique to you.

  • Head into unknown creative territory as you engage in a body-centered art-making philosophy and practices that lead to engaging new material.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Artists of all kinds are welcome.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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