Category Archives: Poetry Writing Retreats and Workshops

Umbria: Poet as Diviner; Umbria: Write Poetry for Nine Days and Make Books on the Final Day; Umbria: Visit a Town or City Most Days – Umbria: Have Fun – June 21st to 22nd, 2020

THE DIVINER Cut from the green hedge a forked hazel stick That he held tight by the arms of the V: Circling the terrain, hunting the pluck Of water, nervous, but professionally Unfussed. The pluck came sharp as a sting. The rod jerked with precise convulsions, Spring water suddenly broadcasting Through a green hazel its […]

Announcing My Fifth Poetry-as-Prayer Retreat at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary, Alberta

The First Sky Is Within You A Generative Poetry-as-Prayer Retreat with Richard Osler Hillhurst United Church Calgary, Alberta October 18th to 19th, 2019 Retreat Introduction When we address the world with unmixed attention it’s prayer, said the artist, poet and mystic, William Blake. Simone Weil, the scholar and mystic goes further and says: absolute unmixed attention […]

Registrations Open! – A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat in Umbria, Italy – June 11 to June 21, 2020

Poet as Diviner: Hunting the Pluck of Poetry A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat June 11th to June 21st, 2020 Writing “En Plein Air” with Richard Osler at the La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy ENDORSEMENT Richard, just want to say again how amazing La Romita was. You are an extraordinary facilitator and […]

What a Feast of New Poems! The La Romita En Plein Air Poetry Retreat June 22nd to July 2nd, 2019

Was it only last Sunday we were here in the hill town of Narni? And wrote our next to last poem based on postcards with images taken from space  of our solar system and stars and constellations hundreds of light years away. The challenge: to write a poem that connects the the far-away images to […]

Spell bound! Looking Back at the La Romita Poetry Retreat, October 2018

In Italy IV Road shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light older than wine and a cloud like […]

Announcing My 2019 Ten-Day Poetry Retreat in Italy

“To Be Fished by Poetry – Writing En Plein Air” A Ten-Day Generative Poetry Writing Retreat with Richard Osler – experienced poetry facilitator and author of Hyaena Season La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy June 22nd to July 2nd, 2019 Click here for all the details and how to register!

Catching Fire -Writing En Plain Air – An Invite to Richard’s October Retreat in Italy 2018

RECOVERING WORDS IN ITALY  A Generative Poetry Writing Retreat with Richard Osler – experienced poetry facilitator and author of Hyaena Season “Catching Fire – Writing En Plein Air” I write from habit, not because I am on fire. — Vittoria Colonna (1492 – 1547) La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy 10 Days Oct. […]

New News! Announcing a “En Plein Aire” Ten Day Poetry Retreat in Italy, October 4 to 14th, 2018

  POETRY EN PLEIN AIR The Second Recovering Words Generative Poetry Retreat at La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy 10 Days in Residence October 4th to Oct. 14th, 2018 La Romita RETREAT OVERVIEW After the poetry-packed wonder of the 2017 Recovering Words poetry retreat at La Romita, what a pleasure it is to […]

Richard’s Sept. 24th Poetry Retreat – Duncan – Among Other Showings the Show Don’t Tell of Marie Howe!

Magdalene: The Woman Taken in Adultery Teacher, they said to Jesus, The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say? –John 8:5 You know how it is when your speeding car spins on the ice at night and you think here it is? When the deer spring across the headlights? When you […]

Writing the Ache for God – Announcing a Poetry-As-Prayer Retreat in Calgary

‘I feel, like Beckett, that all poetry is prayer.’ Carol Ann Duffy from an interview with Jeanette Winterson,  www.jeanettewinterson.com. I have never separated the writing of poetry from prayer. I have grown up believing it is a vocation, a religious vocation. Derek Walcott from The Paris Review,  The Art of Poetry No. 37, 1986 I […]