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What We Need? Time and Space

• Thursday, March 31, 2016 •

Artists & Writers Need Time and Space to Create. 
Here is an invitation to "Come to the Lake."


How often have we thought, “If I could just get away and work without the demands of all my day–to–day concerns, I could”…finish that chapter, outline my next work, start a new series of paintings, have time to walk and think and hear the Muse again…“?

All of us have the need to retreat and re-fill. Those of us engaged in the arts need it to the point of desperation at times.Because many of us work out of home studios or offices, our creative time is subject to a myriad of intrusions. Even friends and loved ones might view time carved out for creative work not as “work” and therefore as negotiable. It takes tremendous determination to protect our studio or writing time and still we must stop and grab lunch, and if our spaces are at home, maybe throw in a load of laundry while we are at it - all interruptions to the hard job of being fully present in our true intention.


This is why CMA began programming artist and writer retreats in 2014 - some with and others without workshops. The idea was to prepare a time and space for artists and writers to get away and be supported and nurtured in the serenity of Lake Logan Retreat Center and its unspoiled wilderness. Situated in approximately 300 acres of pristine beauty, the retreat center offers charming and comfortable cabins nestled among winding hiking and walking trails surrounding the 85-acre lake, fed by the Pigeon River flowing down from the Blue Ridge parkway. CMA sets up an airy and light filled studio and provides quiet and private writing spaces for both visual artists and writers. Supplementary yoga, mindfulness sessions, an evening fire circle, and massages by appointment are offered to enrich your retreat experience. The Cullowhee Mountain Arts board of directors and I see this gathering as one of the jewels in our programming for writers and artists of every media.

Each cabin has a lovely view of the lake, private rooms with baths, with linens and coffee makers provided. The dining hall – with its large fireplaces, couches and chairs – provides a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee any time of the day. Three delicious meals are chef-prepared, using local veggies in season added to the menu. As a practicing artist myself, I understand the necessity of unfettered time and space to do our “sacred” work – to use our talents and give our gifts back to the world.

Our first retreat of 2016 is a little over a month away, May 9 – 14, and spaces are still available. (All the Details). Why not join us? Come to the Lake! (All our 2016 Retreats)

I hope to see you there!
Norma Hendrix, Executive Director


October=The Arts!

• Monday, October 06, 2014 •

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America”. (Read Entire Proclamation)

At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS we take time out during this important month to look back on the great events we hosted and take stock of those we are serving as a non-profit Arts Organization. It is also the time we invite the Arts community to join our “Arts Party” and become a member.





Cecilia Woloch at Lake Logan

• Sunday, August 03, 2014 •

Poet Cecilia Woloch
to teach the workshop,

“Deep Waters, Sturdy Craft”
Lake Logan Retreat Center 
 Canton, NC, 40 miles west of Asheville
September 15 – 21, 2014 

Come to beautiful Lake Logan in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Enjoy seven days  of refreshment for your creative spirit while immersed in an intensive poetry workshop with  internationally acclaimed poet Cecilia Woloch. Supplementary to the workshop are nature  walks, fire circles, mindfulness sessions and movement sessions. Massages can be scheduled in  the late afternoons. Participants will stay in charming private cottages and cabins on the 85-acre  lake, with rocking chairs on the back porches and vistas of wilderness and serenity.

Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen said, “If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” Where have you not gone, yet, in your writing — that place that seems beyond language, perhaps, but that language might take you, still?

In this
workshop, we’ll focus on using the craft of poetry to move into deeper waters in the creative process, in order to achieve both precision and depth in our writing. Suitable for those just embarking on a creative journey as well as for accomplished, practicing poets who are searching for new sources of creative energy and new challenges, the workshop will be geared toward exploring both the mysteries of the creative process and the discipline of the writer’s craft. We’ll read and discuss the work of master poets for inspiration, then engage in a series of generative writing exercises designed to take each poet toward deeper sources of material and new approaches to using language.

Then we’ll share that work with one another and offer feedback on revision aimed at bringing the writing to its fullest fruition. The workshop environment will offer a safe place for creative risk-taking and a rigorous but compassionate community. We’ll work together with an awareness of and a respect for each writer’s individual voice and unique vision, also helping each writer to clarify that vision and look toward the body of work that might emerge from the individual poems. We’ll replenish the creative well each day and then dive back into it, refreshed, replenished, emboldened to go farther still, to do our truest, most authentic and most compelling creative work.

Cecilia Woloch is an NEA fellowship recipient and the author of five acclaimed collections of poems, most recently
Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009), which was a finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Her novella, Sur la Route, is forthcoming from Quale Press in 2015. Recent awards include the Indiana Review Prize for Poetry (2014). The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of creative writing programs and teaches independently throughout the U.S. and around the world.