Brave Voice on the Prairie

Join us for a Brave Voice retreat on the prairie at a private home just south of Lawrence, Kansas. We’ll write, sing, and otherwise explore and celebrate what we have to say to ourselves and the world. The home has comfortable corners, tables, and perches where you can write indoors as well as a large deck and screened porch for outdoor writing, and weather-permitting, Ken Lassman, author of Wild Douglas County, will lead a short nature walk in this prairie oasis. The day culminates in a collaborate private performance of original songs and poetry by Kelley & Caryn, and a Coffeehouse of Wonder, which gives you the opportunity to share writing or music you’ve created.

The retreat includes two delicious and healthy meals (gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available if needed), a tea in late afternoon with lovely treats, ample creative prompts and inspirations, and a 15-minute coachinsession with either Kelley or Caryn. 


10 a.m. – Welcome and introductions

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Writing For and From Our Lives with Caryn

11:30 a.m. – Singing For and From Our Lives with Kelley

12:30 p.m. – Lunch & optional prairie walk with Ken Lassman

2 p.m. – Songwriting & Singing from the Soul with Kelley

3 p.m. – Writing from the Soul with Caryn

4 p.m. – Tea (and coffee & treats)

4-6 p.m. – Collaboration & coaching time to further develop or prepare to share new work

6-7 p.m. – Dinner & a Show: Shine Your Life with Caryn & Kelley

7-8 p.m. – Coffeehouse of Wonder

Kelley Hunt has forged a distinguished reputation as a recording artist, international touring performer and published songwriter. With over two decades of touring and recording credits and six CDs in international distribution, she has appeared on the world’s largest blues and music festival stages. She offers one-on-one singing and songwriting coaching.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, the author of over 20 books of poetry, fiction, memoir, and the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College. She leads community writing workshops, talks, and readings widely and offers one-on-one coaching on writing and right livelihood. She teaches, with storyteller Laura Packer, the Right Livelihood Professional Training through the Transformative Language Arts Network. 

$150 includes lunch, dinner, tea & treats, mini coaching session with Caryn or Kelley, all handouts, and a surprise. To register, please click the Paypal button or contact Caryn to arrange mailing a check. This retreat is limited to 13 participants. Note: The location does have a wheelchair accessible ramp.