An Adriatic



June 8-15, 2019

Art is not a plaything, but a necessity; and its essence,  form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted.

- Rebecca West (author of Black Lamb Grey Falcon - a travel book about the former Yugoslavia)

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Join us for AN Adriatic TRANSFORMATION; A Creative Cultural Sojourn:

Enjoy the view from your room in one of two luxury villas in Duće, where the foothills of the Mosor Mountains meet the Adriatic Sea. Walk along white sand beaches, or walk into town; take an afternoon swim, immerse in Balkan culture—and untap your creative potential in a beautiful place on Earth.

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Your itinerary includes:

  • 7-night accommodations at a luxury villa minutes away from the Adriatic beaches

  • Delicious, healthy locally sourced meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Creative writing and movement workshops

  • Guided cultural and historical tours: Waterfalls, hiking trails, and the lush ecosystem of Krka National Park. Nearby islands. Historic castles and landmarks.

  • Arrival and Departure Transfers to/from the city of Split.

Guest Artist:   

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the just-released novel Shadow Child, as well as the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, and her debut novel, Why She Left Us. Her awards and recognitions include the American Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Finalist, U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellow, Asian American Book Award Finalist and the Grub Street National Book Prize, among others. She is also the Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Salon,, The Crab Creek Review, The Huffington Post, Mothers Who Think, Because I Said So, Topography of War, and Alchemy of the Word, among others. She is a Hedgebrook alumna, a mentor and writing coach, the founder of the Pele’s Fire Writing Retreat, and is on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing program.

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Soak in the beauty of this other world and journey through time and imagination:  The Diocletian Palace.  The Salona Archaeological Roman Amphitheater.  Meereen (Klis Fortress).  The Free City of Braavos (Kastela).  Hike a mountain. Take the bus.  Sip coffee on the Riva.  Hop on a boat.  Swim the bottom of a waterfall.  Sojourn with us and set your creative spirit free.  Return to your world, rejuvenated.