Please step away from the computer. Retreat.


Friends, it’s our first Bananafish retreat at Lacawac Sanctuary, ( among the Poconos mountains of Pennsylvania, in their hundred-year-old lakeside lodge. There is the forest in which to catch the fall colors and rediscover that youthful and gullible creative spirit.  A dock (with boats).  A lodge (with a fireplace itself the size of a studio apartment).  Our very own pristine glacial lake (this is a rare thing around here) and yes, a northern boreal bog.

October 20-23.

We have the lodge all to ourselves.  There will be mornings silent and clear for writing, creating, or conjuring.  Afternoons for relaxing and recreation, guided discussions and critique sessions early evenings. (No participation is mandatory.)

Brilliant experts: For your publishing and bizz edification, John Oakes, co-founder of OR Books ( will join us Sunday to give the low-down on the wild 2011 publishing landscape, and to share war stories from back in the day with Grove Press, publishing the likes of R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, and Abbie Hoffman. And social media marketing maven, Simone Grant, ( will give us the dope on leveraging your tweets, tumbls, blogs and whatnot.  (She handles social media for NY Times bestsellers, so she has the juicy gossip, too.)

Included:  Shockingly tasty vegetarian meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks – prepared on site by Bhagavat Life (of NYC’s Bahakti Café).  One free coaching session with Kurt is included for each participant, and daily yoga with Becky Jeffers.

Thursday afternoon, through Sunday afternoon, October 20-23. 

All meals and lodging (two to a room) included. 

Pricing:    $365/person, double occupancy. 

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