Calling All Writers! Nature Writers’ Retreat at the Trumpeter Inn on San Juan Island, WA: June 23 – 25, 2006

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Immerse your self in nature and tranquality. This Nature Writers' Retreat suffers no intrusion on inspiration or distraction to creativity. Write as you never have before on an island overflowing with the beauty of nature.

Get away from the noise and distraction of daily life and surround yourself with nature as you enjoy three days of journal, haiku or poetry writing. Nationally recognized author, Judith Azrael, will hold writing workshops, but you will have plenty of time to explore the beauties of the island as well.

Located on San Juan Island, the most diverse of the three main islands north of Seattle, the area combines rocky shores and sandy beaches, prairie and pastureland, lakes and forest. The Trumpeter Inn ( is nestled in the rolling hills of the fertile San Juan Valley and is surrounded by ponds, meadows and pristine marshlands -- all abundant with wildlife.

First and foremost, this is a retreat in a beautiful setting. Expect ample writing time, relaxation, brainstorming opportunities, and great food. From guided writing sessions to social gatherings overlooking the 5-acre San Juan Island pastoral estate, designated an official Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, the Trumpeter Inn is an amazing retreat setting. You can spend time journaling quietly beside the pond, socialize with other writers or explore the quaint town of Friday Harbor. This retreat will rejuvenate your mind and body … allowing your creative process to flourish!

If sea life excites you, every year from May through September, the waters of Haro Strait on the island’s west side are home to 90+ Orca whales. In June, whale watching tours and flights leave regularly from the harbor of the picturesque town of Friday Harbor. The Trumpeter Inn can assist in making your tour arrangements.

Nature Writing Retreat Package -- June 23-25, 2006

Room rate + $150.00 per person

Work with Author Judith Azrael on nature journals, haiku and poetry in a small workshop. Bring along a blank book and pen in order to capture some of the beauty of the island in prose and/or poetry. Nearby nature walks abound to provide you with ideas for your writing. Judith will begin Friday with a 1 hour brief session (5:30- 6:30 p.m.) and continues on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – noon and from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Judith Azrael has taught creative writing at universities, community colleges and art centers for many years. Four books of her poetry have been published and in 2004 a collection of her stories and lyrical essays appeared in book stores. She welcomes any one interested in writing including those who are just beginning to those who have had experience in writing.

A view of Azrael's book and comments may be found at this site:

Judith Azrael was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds an MFA from the University of Oregon. She has taught writing workshops at art centers and colleges and has been a Visiting Writer at Western Washington University. She has published four books of poetry: Fire in August (Zeitgeist Press), Fields of Light (Cassiopeia Press), and Antelope are Running and Apple Tree Poems (both from Confluence Press). Her poetry, fiction and lyrical essays have appeared in anthologies and numerous magazines, including Harvard Review, The Minnesota Review, The Nation, Poets & Writers Magazine, Rosebud, Shenandoah, The Sun, Western Humanities Review and The Yale Review. She travels to Greece whenever she can and is now working on a full-length book set in the Greek islands.

Space for this writing retreat is limited, so make your reservation today. Visit the Trumpeter Inn Web site first and select your room, then call Toll-Free: 800-826-7926 to make your reservation or select your room from here The Web site even allows you to make an online reservation.

The Trumpeter Inn will also be hosting several future weekend packages that will include a watercolor workshop and the art of raku pottery. The fee for the Watercolor Workshop is room rate + $150.00 per person.

Watercolor Workshop Package

Room rate + $150.oo per person - 2 night stay

A 3 night stay would include: room rate + watercolor workshop package + 2 $75.00 vouchers good toward a Lavendera Day Spa treatment of your choice or in-house massages.

Join Kristy Gjesme’s watercolor workshop focusing on techniques and use of the medium including color combining and theory. Beginning with a one hour session at her workshop and continuing the following day from 10:00 – noon, and 1:00 -5:00, Kristy will offer her guidance and expertise. A supply list will be sent upon confirmation. Kristy is a Visual and Intuitive Artist and a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist and Art Instructor. She received a degree in Art Education from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and continued with graduate studies in Painting and Art Therapy from California State University. She has taught workshops and classes in painting, drawing and the expressive arts here on the San Juan Islands since 1995. Not only is her work in local galleries, but also In Kona, Hawaii, Santa Fe, NM and in LaConner, WA. Samples of her work may be seen at the following site:

Cheryl & Larry Hoppe, innkeepers

TRUMPETER INN Bed & Breakfast
318 Trumpeter Way

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

(360) 378-3884

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