Posted by: main street writers | June 10, 2012

Slow Travel in Western Massacusetts

Outdoor Voice  –  June 23 !


Slow Travel goes local…

While we’re doing the ground work to for next spring’s trip to Orvieto Italy, we’re also enjoying a more local form of Slow Travel, here in Massachusetts.

This summer, I’m hosting Outdoor Voice – a series of retreats to unique, local settings for a day of exploration and creative writing.  Every site is within 20 miles of Amherst – and worlds away from every day life.

Our first retreat will be held on June 23, at a site that was created with the help of  a thousand volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

A little bit of history…


After the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945, a Buddhist monk named Nichidatsu Fujii built a pagoda on a nearby mountain, reviving a 2,500 year old tradition begun in India.  He consecrated the pagoda as a shrine to world peace and enlightenment.


Before he died at the age of 100, Fujii had helped to establish more than 80 peace pagodas around the world.  And one of them happens to be within 10 miles of Amherst.


10 miles from Amherst, worlds away from everyday.

Join us for a day of writing, reflection, and exploration on June 23 at the Leverett Peace Pagoda.  Tap stories of the everyday and the extraordinary in open green fields, alongside a quiet pond, to the rhythm of the occasional bullfrog song.

– Beginners and seasoned writers welcome –


Find your Outdoor Voice.

Discover strengths you already bring to writing, and experiment with new approaches in the company of fellow writers.  Enjoy a day of open air writing using the Amherst Writers & Artists method, at one of the most beautiful sites in New England.


Saturday June 23

Leverett Peace Pagoda

8:30 – 4:30



Questions – Registration:

      Contact Kathy at

     (413) 221-4652



– For more information about creative writing retreats in the Pioneer Valley, click here.

– To read about Creative Writing as a form of Slow Travel, click here.

– And to learn more about the Amherst Writers & Artists method, click  here.



Outdoor Voice: Creative Writing Retreats

in the Pioneer Valley

with Kathy Dunn, Main Street Writers




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