"Not having written poetry for decades, I felt drawn to take Susan’s workshop. It was just what I needed. I was beginning to see how words expanded my images, and how my images took words to places words alone could not go. My work took off in exciting new directions. Susan's insights, exercises, knowledge as a writer and photographer herself, make the whole experience something I will always treasure. She creates a wonderfully enriching environment that truly nurtures growth and personal vision.” 
Former Student, Photography Instructor at St. Paul’s Academy  


"By all means use sometimes to be alone, salute thyself.  See what thy soul doth wear, dare to look into thy chest: for 'tis thy own: and tumble up and down what thou find's there."

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods in order to live “more deliberately”.  This workshop salutes the 200th anniversary of his birth with a nod to his approach of emptying oneself of the commotion of the world and reconnecting with our authentic voice.  A rich currency pulses in the images we make - lyrics unspoken.  In this weekend immersion, participants are invited to gather up some of their best kept photographs for a journey inward using photographic images as prompts for creative writing.  In a small batch setting, in the springtime's quiet, the program will probe and explore a series of deliberate exercises designed to still the mind and move beyond obstacles which may be stalling their flow.  The workshop will include guided meditation incorporating the natural world, purposeful study of the myriad possibilities for combining words and images, white space journaling beauty, and group discussion.  Treat yourself to Rockport this springtime - the perfect immersion for writers and photographers of all levels.  



SATURDAY, JUNE 10: GRACENOTES at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Retreat into you in this two hour creative workshop led by Susan Currie, Merrimack Valley-based poet, photographer, yogini, and author of the new book GRACENOTES. In the pastoral setting of The Stevens-Coolidge Place we’ll take a pause to clear the slate and reconnect with our authentic artistic voices. This program will weave together, guided meditation, poetry readings, creative prompts and and open space for wandering the gardens and following your own creative threads. The workshop also includes a signed copy of Susan's new book. Commune with your breath and with kindred spirits, exhale for an afternoon and leave empowered to pursue your true creative calling. A perfect step away! Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome.


“This retreat was so rejuvenating on so many levels and a true gift.  You are extraordinary women, mentors and teachers, and I thank you for the depth of my being."
2017 Workshop Participant, 

Through powerful guided photography exercises and simple writing prompts, students learn to access their own signature styles and emerge better able to tap into their artistic flow. Photographers and writers of all levels are welcome!  Teaching with Joyce is an absolute privilege.  Looking forward to teaming up with her for future programming.  Stay tuned for schedule updates.