Mary Frances Millet Dorothy Randall Gray Leslie Neustadt Caits Meissner
Women Writers & Artists Matrix
AWESOME AUTUMN WEEKEND RETREAT
NOVEMBER 4-6, 2022
Skidmore College - Bolton Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Art of Catching Words & Dreams -Dorothy Randall Gray
Writing Towards Change: A Sensory Practice - Caits Meissner
Rocking Recycled Art Jewelry - Mary Frances Millet
My Body Was...Is...Will Be:... Embodied Writing for Changing Times
Come For A Day, Come For The Weekend
Come for the Writing Workshops
Come for the Art Experience
Just Come! Walk-ins Welcome :
On-Site Registration in Bolton Lobby
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Conference Coordinator: Debbie 845.661.7625
Harvest your creativity on Skidmore College's lovely campus,
and be inspired by our 2.5 hour workshops
Create in small, intimate classes
Enjoy the Saturday night Wine & Cheese Reading
Begin the day with coffee, tea, bagels, and a meditation moment
Play in our Playshop, write in our Writing Room sell at our WWAMarketplace.
Dine with us Friday night for Conscious Conversations
$125.00 Full Weekend -includes all workshops, materials, and market space.
$67.00 Day Rate for Sat. or Sun. includes workshops, materials & space.
Info: Skidmore College, 815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Bolton Hall is campus building with a parking lot [next to a playground]
Conference Coordinator: Debbie 845.661.7625
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Friday, November 4, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Conscious Conversation Dinner. Join us at Great Tang, a great Asian Fusion restaurant specializing in Chinese, Thai,
and Japanese cuisine 127 Ballston Ave, Saratoga SpringsNY 12866
Saturday and Sunday -hot coffee, tea, juice, bagels - snacks in rooms all day.
WWAMarketplace, Playshop - Room 103
Saturday, November 5
8:00-9:00 On-Site Registration in Bolton Lobby
8:30 -8:45am - Meditation..........Room 100
9:00am - Opening Circle, Welcome..........Room 103
9:30am- 12:00pmMy Body Was...Is...Will Be...:: Embodied Writings
in Changing Times Leslie Neustadt.........Room 101
12 - 1:30 LUNCH - Skidmore Dining Hall [vegan & gluten-free options are available] WWAMarketplace & Playshop Room 103
1:30 - 4:00pm - Rocking Recycled Art Jewelry - Mary Frances Millet......... Room 102
4:00-4:30 Reflections.........Room 103
5:00 Wine & Cheese Evening Reading.........Room 103
Sunday, November 6
8:00 - 9:00am On-Site Registration, Bolton Lobby
8:30 - 8:45am - Meditation.........Room 100
9:00am - Circle Check-in.........Room 103
9:30-12:00 The Art of Catching Words & Dreams - Dorothy Randall Gray..Room102
12-1:30 LUNCH - Skidmore Dining Hall,
WWAMarketplace & Playshop.......... Room 103
1:30-4:00pm Writing Towards Change: A Sensory Practice -Caits Meissner..Rm 101
4:00 - 4:30 Reflections
4:30 - 5:00 Farewells
Fees include workshop supplies, complimentary wine & cheese,
WWAMarketplace space for selling books or other items.
Saturday Only $67.00
Sunday Only $67.00
Checks: Heartland Institute, 300 Santa Fe Ave. #3-454, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Art of Catching Words & Dreams
Dorothy Randall Gray
"Whatever you can do or dream you can begin Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now." Goethe
What do you dream of doing, being or becoming? Do you have dreams that have died or been denied? Through evocative writing exercises, hands-on art making, rainbow meditation, dream work and the collective power of women we will reclaim our genius and magic. We will engage color metaphysics and joyfully commit ourselves to re-believing in the manifestation of our dreams. Participants will receive handouts, writing prompts, and special rainbow dream catchers to embellish and endow with words, dreams and artful ephemera.
All materials supplied.
Writing Towards Change, A Sensory Practice
Our work improves when we focus on the art of living! Participants will engage the five senses to drop into the abundant present. We will use everyday objects and practice a series of short, interactive exercises in order to generate a sensory database. This creative play will serve as a word-mine to ultimately create a poetic offering—a potion, an elixir, a salve, a balm—to counter the troubling narratives of our modern world. Doubling down on the concept that everything we need to create change is within reach, our goal will be to generate a pleasure-driven canvas on which to paint a more humane and loving world, starting with the foundation of self.
Rocking Recycled Art Jewelry
Mary Frances Millet
This workshop invites participants into Mary's passion for paper. Participants will learn how to use origami-like folding techniques to create unique Recycled Art Jewelry earrings, pins and necklaces. Assorted materials used include vintage magazines, books, found objects, and exciting ephemera. Once completed the jewelry pieces are then sealed several times and findings are added. This particular line of jewelry was born when Mary Frances was laid up with the flu and started working with paper because it wasn’t messy. All materials supplied.
My Body Was…Is…Will Be: Embodied Writing in Challenging Times
We will center ourselves before bringing forth voices from the cottage of our body.
Using poems and art as prompts, we will generate writing and explore memories triggered by significant events in a woman's life from menstruation to menopause, illness and/or aging.
We will honor our body’s truths and treat them tenderly.
Dorothy Randall Gray is author of the bestseller, Soul Between the Lines, chapbooks Muse Blues, Woman, Family, The Passion Collection, A Taste of Tamarinda, and a volume of poetry Sharing the Same Sky. Numerous works have been published in 2020 The Year That Changed America, Lucy Writers, Love Lights In LA, Six Words in Bloom, Canyon Chronicles, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, Best Black Women's Erotica, Spell Breaking, Glowchild, and other anthologies. An LA Poet-in-Residence for two years, Dorothy's "When I Was A Tree" poetry video (filmed by Skye Ward) was awarded Official Selection status by the Film & Poetry Video Symposium. Her work was chosen for the upcoming Eve Ensler/Aja Monet production of VOICES. She has been featured at the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The World Stage, Library Girl Reading series, Museum of Natural History, Women Studies Association and many other venues.
Dorothy is also an award winning visual artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the LA County Museum of Art, and featured in the Brand Library & Art Center's 50th Annual "National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper." She has been a board member of the International Women's Writing Guild, a National Public Radio commentator, UNESCO delegate, and Audre Lorde Poet-in-Residence at Hunter College. A Hedgebrook Fellow and global activist she has taught at Sias University in China, shared the dais with the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, performed spoken word in Iceland, danced with tribal boys in India, and boogied with James Baldwin in NYC. She is currently executive director of Women Writers and Artists Matrix, a community program of the Heartland Institute.
Caits Meissner is a poet, artist and cultural worker invested in the transformative, restorative and change-making capacities of imagination and creativity. She is author of the illustrated hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry (The Operating System, 2016). Erykah Badu said of her new book, Caits Is What Her Mama Called Her, “Fresh, honest and loving…with a delicate heart like mine." Her poems, comics, essays and curation have appeared in The Creative Independent, The Rumpus, [PANK],Harper’s Bazaar, Adroit, Literary Hub, Split This Rock, Bust Magazine, The Normal School, Hobart, and The Guardian, among others.
Caits has taught, consulted, and co-created extensively for over 15 years across a wide spectrum of communities with a focus on prisons, public schools, and college classrooms at The New School and The City College of New York. Caits spends her days as Director of Prison and Justice Writing at PEN America where she edited The Sentences That Create Us: Crafting A Writer’s Life in Prison (Haymarket Books, January 2022), 75,000 copies of which were funded by the Mellon Foundation to reach readers in prisons nationwide.
Mary Frances Millet calls herself a Jack-of-all-Mediums! She is an artist, watercolorist and instructor who also teaches classes in acrylics and jewelry throughout the Capital District of New York. She has created adult coloring books on the History of Schenectady and the History of Saratoga Springs, NY. A third generation Schenectady native she is passionate about sharing the importance of these towns in helping to develop the United States and the world. One of her paintings was selected by a major silk supplier, Dharma Trading Co., and she was honored to be chosen as their Featured Artist.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Albany and a licensed occupational therapist who currently resides in Schenectady with her two cats.
She says, "Art calms you down, lifts you up, expresses feelings and opens your eyes. It's a judgment free zone. It's a deep soul thing that zens us out to a place of natural bliss where problems or disabilities don't exist."
Leslie B. Neustadt is a poet, visual artist and retired assistant attorney general. Author of Bearing Fruit: a Poetic Journey, her work is inspired by the beauty and power of the natural world, mortal joys and struggles, and an unwavering commitment to human and civil rights. She is published in numerous anthologies including Veils, Halos & Shackles, International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry, 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium, Rumors Secrets & Lies: Poems About Pregnancy, Abortion & Choice, and Heels Into the Soil, Stories and Poems: Resisting the Silence.
Leslie's writings have also graced the pages of a wide variety of literary journals- MuseMatrix, Existere, Journal of Arts & Literature, Blood and Thunder Musings on the Art of Medicine, Gallery & Studio Arts Journal, Nine Mile Literary Magazine, Sparks of Calliope, Persimmon Tree, Syracuse Cultural Workers Women Artist’s Datebook, Silver Birch Press, and Found Poetry Review. She is Artistic Director of Women Writers & Artists Matrix, and former board member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. She originated and currently produces a popular bimonthly workshop series for the Guild, FreeWrite, which has garnered almost 10,000 registration since the summer of 2020. Leslie teaches writing and collage workshops and exhibits her art work in NY's Capital region.