Past Seabeck Retreats

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The Seabeck Haiku Getaway began in 2008 and has accumulated a rich history. We’ve added various traditions over the years and migrated to increasingly larger meeting rooms to accommodate steadily increasing attendance. This page documents all our past retreats by year (most recent first). See also our Group Photos from each year, and “Ten Years of Seabeck Haiku Getaways,” an essay by Michael Dylan Welch from our 2017 Seabeck anthology that provides detailed histories of each of our first ten retreats..

2020

Our 2020 haiku retreat took a turn for Zoom when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Instead of being in person, we met October 30 to November 1, 2020 with a series of online events. This change enabled far more people to attend than would have been possible otherwise, resulting in 237 people registering, 173 of whom were first-timers (actual attendance was about 215). Our weekend theme, fitting for the year 2020, was “vision”—not just the sense of sight but how we can have vision for our own haiku and for haiku as a genre. A panel discussion on “Vision in Haiku,” facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch, featured Susan Antolin, Roberta Beary, Maxianne Berger, and Tom Painting (who was originally going to be our featured in-person guest). Additional speakers for the weekend, with workshops and presentations, included Brad Bennett, David Berger, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Yvette Nicole Kolodji, and Kala Ramesh. Tanya McDonald also facilitated an anonymous workshop, with commentary by Scott Mason, Kathy Munro, Ce Rosenow, and Angela Terry. Ron Swanson announced the winners of the 2020 Porad Award judged by Julie Warther, with first place won by Annette Makino. We also enjoyed haiku readings by Kelly Sauvage Angel, Annette Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Tom Painting, Michael Rehling, Sally Penley, Cathy Tashiro, and Lew Watts (several of these readings included the presentation of haiga, especially a group reading by members of the Haiga Adventure Study Group). Chandra Bales and Bob Redmond also led generative Write Now sessions. During a couple of breaks, Michael Dylan Welch showed photos of Seabeck, including the Seabeck Haiku Walk plaques, to give a sense of being present in person. Participants entered 235 haiku for the anonymous kukai, and Nicholas Klacsanzky won first place. An impromptu talent show broke out during Saturday’s lunch break. We also enjoyed numerous breakout-room Zoom sessions for socializing, an open-mic read-around on the Friday night, and the virtual sharing of dozens of haiku handouts in PDF form, mailed to all attendees. In addition to a series of group photos on Zoom, a fun social activity was our Halloween Hats Celebration, with more group photos, where everyone was encouraged to wear a creative hat, definitely one of our most fun events of the weekend. More than 130 poets contributed to Paper Mountains, the 2020 Seabeck anthology, edited by Tanya McDonald and Kelly Sauvage Angel. After the weekend, Michael Dylan Welch provided a beginner haiku workshop to 80+ Seabeck attendees and others on November 28, 2020.

2019

Our 2019 haiku retreat featured Adam L. Kern and Ion Codrescu over the weekend of October 24–27, 2019, with “attention” as our theme. Additional speakers included Pat Benedict, David Berger, Terry Ann Carter, Margaret Chula, Gary Evans, Marco Fraticelli, William Scott Galasso, Christine Hemp, Connie Hutchison, Lynne Jambor, Roy Kindelberger, kjmunro, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, Jim Rodriguez, Jacob Salzer, Crystal Simone Smith, Barbara Snow, Sheila Sondik, Carmen Sterba, John Stevenson, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, and Michael Dylan Welch. The primary highlight of the weekend was the unveiling of the “Seabeck Haiku Walk,” a series of twenty engraved plaques permanently installed around the Seabeck Conference Center grounds. We celebrated this installation with a walk around the campus to visit each plaque, where the poets read their poems, if they were present. As usual, we enjoyed haiga displays (including a special one from Ion Codrescu), our book fair and kukai and freebie tables, Write Now exercises, anonymous workshops, a panel discussion on the role of attention in haiku, talent show, late-night rengay (which veered off into the erotic), and the announcement of the 2019 Porad Award winners. We also enjoyed a talk from Christine Hemp, as a special guest via the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Adam Kern’s presentations focus on his Penguin Book of Haiku and his emphasis on senryu and other related forms that he proposes are more prominent in Japanese literary history than what we call haiku today. Ion Codrescu gave several presentations relating to his art and his haiku. We had more than 65 people in attendance.

2018

Our 2018 haiku retreat featured Abigail Friedman over the weekend of October 25–28, 2018, with the sense of sight as our theme (wrapping up the fifth of the five senses). We enjoyed a record number of 83 attendees in celebrating the Haiku Society of America’s 50th anniversary (we were the society’s official 50th anniversary retreat). Additional speakers and featured readers included Ellen Ankenbrock, Shelley Baker-Gard, David Berger, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Lysa Collins, Susan Constable, Seren Fargo, Patrick Gallagher, Garry Gay, John Green, Connie Hutchison, Cara Izumi, Lynne Jambor, Deborah P Kolodji, Brenda Larsen, Carole MacRury, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, Angela Naccarato, Victor Ortiz, Linda Papanicolaou, Bob Redmond, Jim Rodriguez, Michele Root-Bernstein, Ce Rosenow, Jacob Salzer, Barbara Snow, Carmen Sterba, John Stevenson, Ron Swanson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Kathleen Tice, Michael Dylan Welch, and Carolyn Winkler. Activities included morning meditations, rengay writing, another labyrinth, a birding nature walk, anonymous haiku workshops, a haiga slide show, a talk about honey bees and haiku, a panel discussion on moving from sight to insight, a memorial reading for Johnny Baranski, various other readings (this time at the campfire circle), numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2018 Porad Award winners, an artist book craft activity, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed another sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, this time focusing on haiku “mobiles,” plus our seventh annual talent show.

2017

Our 2017 haiku retreat featured Scott Mason over the weekend of October 26–29, 2017. Additional speakers and featured readers included Johnny Baranski, David Berger, Melinda Brottem, Terry Ann Carter, Susan Constable, Elehna de Sousa, Darlene Dihel, Julie Emerson, Ida Freilinger, Lynne Jambor, Nicholas Klacsanzky, Ruth Marcus, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, James Rodriguez, Michelle Schaefer, Hao Shen, Barbara Snow, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Kathleen Tice, Jessica Tremblay, Michael Dylan Welch, Kathabela Wilson, and Rick Wilson. Our activities included numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2017 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (again, one in the Cathedral in the Woods), a lagoon walk, craft activities, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our sixth annual talent show.

2016

Our 2016 haiku retreat featured Sonja Arntzen over the weekend of October 27–30, 2016. Additional speakers and featured readers included Ellen Ankenbrock, Shelley Baker-Gard, Chandra Bales, Johnny Baranski, David Berger, Terran Campbell, Margaret Chula, Darlene Dihel, Jay Friedenberg, Diane Garcia, Katharine Grubb Hawkinson, Lynne Jambor, Richard John Lynn, Annette Makino, Maya Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Vicki McCullough, Tanya McDonald, Hisao Mogi, Leanne Mumford, Angela Naccarato, Jacquie Pearce, Jim Rodriguez, Barbara Snow, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Chrissi Villa, Michael Dylan Welch, and Carolyn Winkler. Our activities included numerous “Write Now” writing exercises, the announcement of the 2016 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (again, one in the Cathedral in the Woods), a mushroom walk, a tea ceremony, renku writing, craft activities, and Day of the Dead and Halloween activities, plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. A standout event was our night walk to the cemetery with a surprise visit from a “ghost” sharing death haiku in the dark (described in a blog post by Kara Simon). We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our fifth annual talent show—surely our best ever.

2015

Our 2015 haiku retreat featured Randy Brooks over the weekend of October 1–4, 2015. Additional speakers and featured readers included Lorna Cahall, Patty Hardin, Katharine Grubb Hawkinson, Erica Akiko Howard, Chuck Kraining (executive director of the Seabeck Conference Center), Annette Makino, Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, Jacquie Pearce, James Rodriguez, Ce Rosenow, Michelle Schaefer, Carmen Sterba, Angela Terry, Sandy Thompson, Richard Tice, Michael Dylan Welch, Janet Whitney, Kathabela Wilson, Elizabeth-Ann Winkler, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a “Haiku Handshake,” the announcement of the 2015 Porad Award winners, beginning and advanced workshops, haiga presentations, readings (including one in the Cathedral in the Woods), t’ai chi and hokey-pokey breaks, nature walks, an erotic haiku workshop (since touch was our theme for the weekend), plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our fourth annual talent show.

  • Original Page

  • Featured Guest: Randy Brooks

  • Registration

  • Schedule (theme: touch)

  • Photo album (to come)

  • Retreat Anthology: Exhaling edited by Dianne Garcia, Tanya McDonald, and Angela Terry, handbound

  • Photos of attendee faces and name badges (to come)

2014

Our 2014 haiku retreat featured Alan Pizzarelli over the weekend of October 16–19, 2014. Additional speakers and featured readers included Donna Beaver, Susan Callan, Terry Ann Carter, Susan Constable, Aubrie Cox, Christopher Herold, Deborah P Kolodji, Chuck Kraining (executive director of the Seabeck Conference Center), Carole MacRury, Tanya McDonald, Margaret D. McGee, RaNae Merrill, Bob Moyer, Kathy Munro, James Rodriguez, Michelle Schaefer, John Stevenson, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, Jessica Tremblay (our cartoonist-in-residence), Karma Tenzing Wangchuk, Michael Dylan Welch, and others. With this retreat we began having sensory themes each year, starting this year with sound. Our activities included another renkurama, a haiku labyrinth, the announcement of the 2014 Porad Award winners, a daytime nature walk and a night haiku walk with lanterns, plus our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our third annual talent show.

2013

Our 2013 haiku retreat featured Canadian haiku poet Marco Fraticelli over the weekend of October 10–13, 2013. Additional speakers and featured readers included Michael Dylan Welch, Angela Terry, Kathabela Wilson, Richard Tice, Jessica Tremblay (our cartoonist-in-residence), Margaret D. McGee, Tanya McDonald, Susan Constable, Vicki McCullough, Annette Makino, Kozue Uzawa, Terry Ann Carter, Dianne Garcia, Nancy Dahlberg, James Rodriguez, Alice Frampton, Carmen Sterba, Johnny Baranski, Jacquie Pearce, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a haiku labyrinth, the announcement of the 2013 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed another sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, and our second annual talent show, coordinated by Dejah Léger.

2012

Our 2012 haiku retreat featured Paul Miller, incoming editor of Modern Haiku, over the weekend of October 11–14, 2012. Additional speakers and featured readers included Michael Dylan Welch, Tanya McDonald, Angela Terry, Cara Holman, Terri L. French, Jim Swift, Carole MacRury, Johnny Baranski, Margaret McGee, Dianne Garcia, Barry George, and others. Our activities included another renkurama, a panel discussion, the announcement of the 2012 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops. We also enjoyed a sumi-e and haiga exhibit coordinated by the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, plus their hands-on haiga workshop, and our first-ever talent show, coordinated by Dejah Léger.

2011

Our 2011 haiku retreat featured John Stevenson, editor of The Heron's Nest, over the weekend of October 13–16, 2011. Additional speakers included Michael Dylan Welch, Tanya McDonald, Susan Constable, Cara Holman, and Angela Terry, with activities such as our first renkurama, the creation of a beautiful holographic (handmade) retreat anthology, a presentation on weathergrams by Barbara Snow, the announcement of the 2011 Porad Award winners, a couple of outdoor haiku walks, and our usual silent auction, bookfair, and anonymous workshops.

2010

Our 2010 haiku retreat featured Charles Trumbull, editor of Modern Haiku, over the weekend of November 4–7, 2010—and we added an extra day, to start on Thursday evening. This gave us more time for renku and other activities, more time between events, and a more relaxed weekend.

2009

Haiku Northwest held its second annual haiku retreat on the weekend of October 16–18, 2009 at the Seabeck Conference Center. Our featured speaker was Penny Harter, and additional speakers included Christopher Herold, Michael Dylan Welch, Ce Rosenow, Debbie Kolodji, Richard Tice, Margaret D. McGee, and more. This year we began a new tradition of publishing an annual Seabeck anthology, making up for lost time by publishing two this year. See the cool video!

2008

Haiku Northwest held its first annual haiku retreat on the weekend of October 10–12, 2008 at the Seabeck Conference Center. Our featured speaker was Emiko Miyashita, visiting from Japan, and additional speakers included Christopher Herold, Margaret Chula, Alice Frampton, Michael Dylan Welch, and more.