Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Writer ~ Poet ~ Photographer ~ Retreat Guide ~ Spiritual Director ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate - Creating A Writing Life Facilitator

Creating A Writing Life Retreat for Emerging Writers

(And arent' we all emerging, unfolding and in process?)

Mercy By the Sea, Madison, CT


Saturday, July30, 2016



Guest speaker is three time author and medicine woman, Leslie Karen Hammond. She is committed to helping people find their voice,and share their stories with books and from the stage.


Accepting Registrations Now

Visit Writer's Retreat page for details or call to register.


Leslie Karen Hammond
The Breakers mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

Creating a Writing Life June  2016

Summer is just about upon us here in Connecticut if the thermometer is any indication. I've been challenged by a broken  a/c unit in my loft bedroom, and we had to replace it. Luckily we found a great one in mint condition on Craigslist and it's already installed. "A/C installation take II," I said to Jim as he hauled the heavy thing up the stairs for the second time. Now our little home is cool as a cucumber.

And speaking of challenges, small as some may be, last weekend I found myself challenged significantly during the first of three weekends I am spending in Newport, Rhode Island for Salve Regina University's Expressive Arts Institute.  It is intensive in ways I never imagined, challenging me to leave the familiarity of my comfort zone. 

One day before we got started, I drove around town and was amazed by the sight of one mansion after another, many of which made up the Salve campus. I hadn't been to Newport in years. I meandered over to Cliff Walk, a 3.5 miles National Recreation Trail that runs along the rocky, rugged shoreline, with stunning ocean views and 70 foot drop offs in some places. As I clicked away to capture reminders of my visit with my Canon Rebel, I noticed a CAUTION sign that caught my attention. I read it, paused a moment and went on to class. But the message stayed with me.


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