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“From Gerard Manley Hopkins to Annie Dillard, autumn is a season that has always stirred creative and restless spirits. It is a time to think about our place in the order of things,” says instructor Nate Klug.

In this daylong writing retreat, we will create spiritual writing that puts us in conversation with our individual experiences of the divine and ineffable. We will explore this subject through a variety of prompts: meditation and visualization exercises, letters to the unnamable in homage to Emily Dickinson, and responses to prophets like Rumi and Thomas Merton. Our writing exercises will also focus on our own spiritual journeys, elucidating moments of joy, despair, and bewilderment.

Using the season of autumn as a frame, the day will enable us to explore our most urgent spiritual questions and concerns in a safe and supportive atmosphere. “Participants will produce several pieces of new writing,” says Nate. “They will also walk away with a renewed intimacy with their own spiritual lives.”



    Nate Klug earned a BA in English at the University of Chicago and a Masters from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). His writing has been supported by the Poetry Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the James Merrill House. His poems, translations, and essays can be found in Poetry, Threepenny Review, Image, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry 2018, and elsewhere. A UCC-Congregationalist minister, Nate has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and right here in California.

  1. Saturday, September 22, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Nate's class meant a lot to me. I arrived floating in space for various reasons and left grounded and peaceful. I found myself writing words that will likely turn into poems. I thought the way Nate organized the class, the bowl and the exercises were spot on. The walking meditation was especially meaningful to me and in fact I am working on a poem called "Solvitur Ambulando" and will keep that practice in my pocket.

    Sharon Smith


Saturday, September 22, 2018
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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