plan to be inspired

Join a few of our authors OUTDOORS wherever YOU are! Broadcasting throughout the day on ZOOM.

While we cannot come physically together next to the magnificent Mattawa River, you can:

· hear about the work of authors and how nature affects their writing · be taken to their ‘sit spot’ · come together from all parts of the world · acquire a new lens on nature · participate in a Storytelling Workshop · and connect our community with stories.

In person is POSTPONED due to COVID-19

“Days spent celebrating words in the woods, to paraphrase Thoreau, are days not subtracted from the sum of one’s life. If books are portals into other lives, other ways of being, so too is the natural world: what a joy to bring them together on the banks of the Mattawa River.” - Kate Harris

Come to the woods and be nature inspired.

Kim Fahner, Sudbury poet laureate 2016-18, will facilitate an eco-poetry writing workshop on Friday April 24. Together we’ll consider the interconnectedness that exists between humans and the natural world. We will look at a couple of nature-based poems and discuss what qualities makes a ‘good poem’ in terms of structure and content, and then we’ll head out for a short hike in the woods as a way to spur our creative writing process.

Reflect on the workshop with new friends around a campfire then retreat to peace in one of our cabins.

Next morning, Terry Anne Campbell will provide a storytelling workshop. Around the circle we will tap into the power of the spoken word. You will have the opportunity to play with oral storytelling, mining sources from everyday anecdotes to traditional stories.

Explore the forest and then return after lunch to the main building for cocktails, appetizers, conversation and our silent auction to support The Canadian Ecology Centre Educational Foundation.

The Shadow Drummers will launch our afternoon program with First Nation, traditional, contemporary and original songs from across Turtle Island.

Our writers will speak about how nature influences their work. Kim Fahner, These Wings published by Pedlar Press, Andrew Forbes, Lands and Forests published by Invisible Publishing and Karen McBride, Crow Winter published by Harper Collins.

Enjoy a homemade meal at our beautifully set communal tables with Terry, Kim, Andrew and Karen.

Make sure you take the opportunity to purchase the authors’ books and get them signed.

To complete the day, everyone is invited to gather at the campfire under the starry sky. Back Roads Bill is renown for lighting a fire worthy of the stories we will have heard that day. To enrich our evening we’ll go on a guided night hike with Gary Barwin who will share a poem or two with us next to the Mattawa River.

Sunday morning, join us for a hearty breakfast in Birch Building and then Back Roads Bill will take us on a guided hike which will be the perfect book ending to a weekend with writers in the woods.

Meet Our Authors

Karen McBride

Crow Winter

Andrew Forbes

Lands and Forests

Kim Fahner

These Wings

Gary Barwin

For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe New and Selected Poems

Terry A. Campbell

Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow