I've spent the better part of this week putting together the final details of our upcoming Writer's Spa in Taos, New Mexico, which begins Saturday. Now is the time for setting up the private coaching appointments that are part of the event, finalizing plans with a few surprise speakers coming in, and making sure all the room assignments are correct, etc.
And for getting on the phone and email about a hundred times with my dear partner in crime, Jennifer Louden. This is the fifth year Jennifer and I have led the event, and let me tell you, we are excited. This year, we plan to do things differently (take note, Carla, Rachel and Dana and any other alums I might have missed.)
We'll have some of the same core programs and as ever council, a time to share about your writing. But certain rituals have been reworked and we've done a lot of brainstorming over the winter about how we could refresh the program - just brush it up some so it moves up to the next level and brings our participants along with it.
Don't want to reveal too much here about what I mean. But suffice to say, it's going to be a wonderful week on the mesa. I loaded this picture taken by Christina Solstad, a Writer's Spa alumna, at a canyon out there in the glorious Southwest. The Hopi in the picture are doing a sunrise ritual around the summer solstice.
It totally puts me in the mood for Taos … hope it inspires you, too.