“A ritual becomes the match that lights the kindred celebration candle of sacred moments.” –Wes Adamson 

Now entering its ninth year, Clearwater Writers is a writing retreat series hosted by Reflections Inn, a quiet, rural travel lodge situated in North Central Idaho on the wild and scenic Clearwater River

This year is a transformational year for Reflections. Long-time owners and writing advocates Ruth and Jim May decided to retire after 26 years of creating and running this terrific place. We miss them so much, but are happy for them in their new adventures.

In the meantime, we are pleased to introduce new owners Arlene and Chris Yamamoto and their wonderful innkeeper and general manager Jeff and are equally happy that they will continue to support our Clearwater Writers retreat program.

Newness and transformation are words we should all have in mind for 2022. It’s time we dust loose the cobwebs and step out into the light of day and figure out how we are going to function in a brave new world. 

All of which is to say that we, too, are about transformation. The key to newness, interestingly enough, can be found in ritual. Our goal for this generative writing workshop is to help you find and develop rituals that, through repeated practice, bring a sense of newness to your relationship with writing. We will explore everything from doodling to picking up stones and feathers to celebrating the spring season with the new moon on April 30 to considering various ancient oracle methods such as tarot, the I-ching, and the Runes, to writing by candlelight. Lastly, we will examine the relationship between these things and the creative impulse. These sessions will lend themselves less toward creating artifact and more toward turning writing practice into a ritual itself.*

ABOUT CLEARWATER WRITERS: Our program was established to provide time and space away from the usual concerns to focus on furthering projects in an inspiring setting. We are dedicated to the notion that we as writers need significant breaks from technology and from our fast-paced lives into order to do our best work. With new and established writers coming from all parts of the West, our retreats also have a reputation as “the answer” for anyone who is looking for guidance with a particular project.

Programs are facilitated and directed by the Inn’s writer-in-residence, Paula Coomer, poet and author of eight books of poetry and prose including Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl, Jagged Edge of the Sky, Dove CreekNurses Who Love English, and Blue Moon Vegetarian. With 25 years of experience as a teacher of creative writing at both the university and community level, Ms. Coomer offers creative inspiration and support for all writers, regardless of achievement, genre of focus, or ability.

*The workshop will be divided into four 2.5 hour sessions on Friday and Saturday. Class schedule is still being developed and will be provided to attendees prior to arrival.

Features of the 2022 Writing from Ritual Workshop

  • 3 nights in a scenic wilderness setting along the Clearwater River in Idaho’s Rocky Mountain foothills
  • Beautiful, serene, private accommodations
  • A maximum of 6 other writers
  • Very low rates (see below)
  • We ask that attendees remain on-campus for the duration of the workshop. 
  • We do not offer the Wifi password so that if at all possible we can remain off-grid.
  • There is no cell signal, but Wifi calling is available–of course this means you’ll need to ask for the Wifi password! (The Inn’s business phone is for emergencies only.)
  • Check-in is at 3 p.m. on Apr. 28. (No early arrivals, please.)
  • Checkout is at 11 a.m. on Apr. 31. (No late checkouts, please.)
  • We will be honoring CDC protocols for wearing masks and keeping social distance as necessary. We do prefer that attendees be vaccinated and boosted. 

Meals and Transportation

  • FOOD OPTION: Reflections Inn now has a food option! A local chef is offering her fresh-made frozen entrees and other fresh foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snack options. An additional fee applies. For more about this, please email coom1286@hotmail.com. 
  • As we have done in the past, attendees may choose to bring their own meal preparations. Cooking, cold storage, and communal dining space is available to us in 2 well-equipped kitchens. 
  • Compact refrigerators are in each room as well as coffee makers and microwaves.
  • For air transportation and car rental contact the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport

Application for Clearwater Writers 2022 Writing from Ritual Workshop and Further Details

  • To inquire further about the Writing from Ritual Workshop, write to Ms. Coomer at coom1286@hotmail.com. If you prefer, you may leave a message at 509-635-0444, and Ms. Coomer will get back to you.
  • Otherwise, please indicate your interest by sending a writing sample and a personal reference contact information to coom1286@hotmail.com.
  • A phone interview will also be required of first-time applicants.
  • If you have been with us for a previous Clearwater Writers program, a writing sample and reference are not required; however, you will need to contact Ms. Coomer by email prior to contacting the Inn for reservations.
  • Cost for the Writing from Ritual Workshop is as follows.
    • Room rate is a $90 ($45+ off the regular rate) per night plus 8% tax for a total of $291.60.
    • $291.60 is due at the time of registration.
    • A facilitator’s honorarium of $100 is due upon arrival. Scholarships for this portion are available.
    • Deadline for application is Apr. 1, 2022.
    • Our programs fill up quickly, so please contact us as early as possible.
    • No refunds/not transferable–we are not able to offer refunds for this program. 
  • For maps and more about Reflections Inn, go to www.reflectionsinn.com
  • To express interest in the 2022 Writing from Ritual Workshop, contact Ms. Coomer directly at coom1286@hotmail.com. 
  • Once you’ve interacted with Ms. Coomer, to make reservations contact Jeff at the Inn at 208-926-0855.