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Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

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6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
https://wab.org/gell-writers-retreat/

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat is a unique and scenic rental space with three facilities — the Gell House, the Gleason Lodge, and the Thoreau Cabin. During the summer months very sturdy canvas tents are set up for guests to enjoy.

July 2015

Hunger Games

July 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$315 – $415

ALL DAY 9 am-4 pm; Thursday overnight, July 20-24 Ending 12 pm on Friday (van returns to W&B 1 pm) NOTE: Held at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. A van will run from Writers & Books leaving promptly at 8 am, returning at 5 pm (1 pm Friday) This course is based on the popular series by Suzanne Collins. Participants will learn hands-on skills in tracking, shelter building, fire building, wild edibles, and finding food each morning at…

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Hunger Games

July 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$315 – $415

ALL DAY 9 am-4 pm; Thursday overnight, July 20-24 Ending 12 pm on Friday (van returns to W&B 1 pm) NOTE: Held at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. A van will run from Writers & Books leaving promptly at 8 am, returning at 5 pm (1 pm Friday) This course is based on the popular series by Suzanne Collins. Participants will learn hands-on skills in tracking, shelter building, fire building, wild edibles, and finding food each morning at…

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Where’s Walden?

July 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$242 – $342

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Where’s Walden?

July 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$242 – $342

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Outdoor Writer

July 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$242 – $342

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Outdoor Writer

July 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$242 – $342

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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August 2015

Writers on the Environment—& the Trail

August 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$193

OVERNIGHT: Sunday 4 pm-Tuesday 4 pm, August 9-11 Lace up your hiking boots and grab a pack, this class is taking writing and sketching to the trail. From the roots of nature writing, the branches of environmental writing spread like a leaf unfurled. You will explore the Finger Lakes Trail from Ontario County Park to the Gell Center on a two-day hike with plenty of time for learning about how writers have made a difference in the environmental movements as…

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Writers on the Environment—& the Trail

August 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$193

OVERNIGHT: Sunday 4 pm-Tuesday 4 pm, August 9-11 Lace up your hiking boots and grab a pack, this class is taking writing and sketching to the trail. From the roots of nature writing, the branches of environmental writing spread like a leaf unfurled. You will explore the Finger Lakes Trail from Ontario County Park to the Gell Center on a two-day hike with plenty of time for learning about how writers have made a difference in the environmental movements as…

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October 2015

Season of Reflection (A Day of Nonfiction)

October 3, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$160
Treehouse

F16-C81

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Writing and Yoga

October 18, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$110

F16-C80

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Writing and Yoga

October 18, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$110

F16-C80

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Writing and Yoga

October 18, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$110

F16-C80

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June 2016

Creative Thinking and Bronze Casting Workshop

June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$165

J16-C84

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Savoring Chaos Theory and the Complexity of Life

June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$88

J16-C82

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Risking Words—A Writing Retreat for Women

June 25, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$140

J16-C83

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July 2016

Outdoor Writer

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$242

Course Code: JY16-G02 NOTE: Held at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. A van will run from 740 University Avenue(Writers & Books) in Rochester leaving promptly at 8am and returning at 5pm. Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety…

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Where’s Walden?

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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August 2016

Hunger Games

August 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$315

Course Code: JY16-RG15 NOTE: Held at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. A van will run from Writers & Books leaving promptly at 8 am, returning at 5 pm (1 pm Friday). This course is based on the popular series by Suzanne Collins. Participants will learn hands-on skills in tracking, shelter building, fire building, wild edibles, and finding food each morning at the Gell Capitol District. Afternoons will be spent engaging in readings, discussion, and activities on social, ethical,…

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September 2016

Nature Writing: The Convergence of Inner and Outer Landscape

September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$121

F17-C81

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June 2017

Printing Press Workshop at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

June 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$181

S17-C13

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July 2017

Gell Summer Intensive

July 8, 2017 @ 12:00 am
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$320

In these one-day intensive workshops, students will immerse themselves in the study of their chosen genre with some of the area’s top writers and teachers. This intensive includes four hours of workshops with peers, one craft lecture, and one publishing panel to discuss topics ranging from “How do I land an agent?” to “Should I submit to literary contests?” Registration for this advanced-level intensive is by application only; students who wish to participate must submit 8-10 pages of their best…

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Outdoor Writers

July 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States

JY17-G02 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the landscape,…

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Where’s Walden?

July 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$372

JY17-G01 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the landscape,…

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August 2017

My Side Of The Mountain

August 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States

JY17-RG08 NOTE: Held at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat. A van will run from Writers & Books leaving promptly at 8 am, returning at 5 pm If meeting the class at Gell: $309 W&B members/$340 general public If attending from 740 University Avenue: $420 W&B members/$450 general public Dare to discover your wild side! If books of survival like My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, and Call of the Wild intrigue you, then don’t miss this week of full…

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April 2018

Written With the Body: Compositional Improvision

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$88

Experimental, risky, playful, vulnerable, and generative, Compositional Improvisation is a fully embodied practice of composing (individually and collaboratively) with movement, text, sound, and space in the moment to create fully realized “pieces” without rehearsal or planning. Together we’ll develop our ability to “make it up” by honing our attention to choice-making and the elements of composition on and off the page.

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July 2018

Where’s Walden?

July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$252

Ages: 9-12 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Outdoor Writers

July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 13, 2018

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$252

Ages: 13-16 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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My Side of the Mountain

July 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 20, 2018

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$350 – $460

Ages: 11 & Up Dare to discover your wild side! If books of survival like My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, and Call of the Wild intrigue you, then don’t miss this week of full immersion in nature. Come to the Bristol Hills to learn about the wonders of the environment and practice fire-building skills, foraging for wild foods and medicines, building survival shelters, making and using tools, and learning how to find your way while playing games of stealth and…

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Gell Intensive

July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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In this one-day intensive workshop, students will immerse themselves in the study of their chosen genre with some of the area’s top writers and teachers. This intensive includes four hours of workshops with peers, generative exercises, and one publishing panel to discuss topics ranging from “How do I find an agent?” to “Should I submit to literary contests?” Some partial, needs-based scholarships will be available. All meals will be provided. If you missed out last year, here’s your opportunity to…

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October 2018

The Family of Things: Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Mary Oliver

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$139.00

Mary Oliver's writing connects the human with the universal of nature, of the earth. She focuses on the importance of observation, and writes of paying attention and being open to being astonished. Through a deep, day-long exploration of Oliver’s poetry and essays in the natural beauty of the Gell Center in Bristol, we will write in multiple forms, ultimately unmasking our truths, and following Oliver’s advice to share our stories. Light lunch included.

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July 2019

Where’s Walden? (July 29 – August 2)

July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$382.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and…

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Outdoor Writer (July 29 – August 2)

July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$382.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and…

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September 2019

Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$132
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Gell One-Day Intensive Instructors: Karen Van Meenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz Deadline to Register: September 27, 4:00 pm Spend a day getting to know Emily Dickinson at Writers & Books’ retreat center, set on 24 bucolic acres in the Bristol Hills. Karen vanMeenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz will guide you on an exploration of what love is, what death means, and how one’s own garden contains the universe. With this one-day intensive, you will read selected works by the iconic…

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October 2019

Poetry As Survival

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session, October 5, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Charles Coté Deadline to Register: September 27, 11:59 pm Gregory Orr writes that "poetry is the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth of despair and into the light." Poems that emerge from crisis have the power to heal and re-stabilize us. In this one-day retreat at Gell, participants will work to make sense of the senseless, fashioning containers for their grief. Orr says, "To write…

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Poetry with Terry Blackhawk: Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing at Gell

October 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$7

Free to Members | $7 General Public The Founder and Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (1995-2015), Detroit’s legendary poets-in-the-schools program, Terry Blackhawk is the author of six collections of poetry, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the recently released One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019), called by Patricia Hooper an “unspecified story of loss and recovery, of grief and the many meandering paths away from grief. . . . a luminous…

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November 2019

Convergence: Nature, Writing, and Healing

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session November 9, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 8, 12:00 pm Like nature, the process of writing provides a healing experience. How can you write so your work does the same for the reader? There's no better setting than the Gell Center, in a safe community, to experience and explore how nature and writing help heal body, mind and soul. You’ll have time for a walk in the woods…

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