Just returned from an amazing week of inspiration and encouragement at the A Room of Her Own Foundation's biannual women writers retreat at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. A week of deep introspection, time away from daily distractions, and opportunities to meet some of the most incredible women writers you're likely to meet in a lifetime.
I love New Mexico. I've traveled there five times over the past twenty years, and hope to live there part-time some day soon. Santa Fe offers solitude, culture, a literary community and a spiritual dimension I've not felt anyplace else I've ever lived.
Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, was where Georgia O'Keefe lived and painted through a good part of the 20th century. Her paintings speak for themselves; the landscapes remain unchanged, even after half a century or more. I took some photos I will share here. The red cliffs, the vast indigo sky, the billowy cottony clouds that make one feel so small in comparison - all are reminders that we are just specs upon the Earth, lucky to be witness to some of nature's most impressive shows.
AROHO is a powerful force for women (www.aroho.org). If you love to write, whether it's fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction, AROHO is a source of support and provides an incredible opportunity for women writers to come together, write, share, network and come away inspired and motivated. I am so grateful to have been a part of the 2011 AROHO Retreat! Go to its website, get involved; come to AROHO 2013!
In coming days I'll be posting blogs on some of the wonderful workshops and inspiring talks I heard there, including from the inimitable Kate Gale of Red Hen Press and Marilynne Robinson, author of the luminous novels Housekeeping, Gilead and Home. Stay tuned!