Category Archives: Poetry Writing Retreats and Workshops

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 […]

Announcing a 10 Day Retreat in Umbria, Italy – June 23rd to July 3rd, 2017

Recovering Words  Writing Retreats with Richard Osler The focus of these retreats is to create the opportunity for participants to create substantial new poems through comprehensive writing adventures (assignments)  UPCOMING RETREAT 2017 La Romita School of Art Terni, Umbria, Italy 10 Days June 23rd to July 3rd, 2017 To Discover a Wider Eye Oh, the […]

Poetry-As-Prayer – Calgary Nov. 27th and 28th, 2015

                                            Dedication I sing for you. I am made for song. It is my purpose, to invent new music, as a kind of prayer that everything is, a cane tapping, a child running, the […]