We'll be staying primarily in The Firs and Hemlock, with overflow in Madrona. These three houses are right next to each other beside the Historic Inn and our dining hall. Our meeting hall, the Colman building, is just up the hill (photo above). Previously, we stayed in Reeser House, and although we won't be using it for 2010, it's typical of accommodations at the conference center (see photos here or see cushy interior photos here). Click to see layout maps of The Firs, Hemlock, and Madrona. If necessary for additional overflow, we should be able to arrange other housing facilities on the conference grounds with more beds. Click to see photos of our accommodations (scroll down), or click to see an interactive campus map.
All bed linens and towels are provided (supplied once for the whole weekend). Please bring clothes for both warm and rainy weather. We’ve planned to have perfectly sunny skies, but you never know if you might need an umbrella and a rain jacket for one of our haiku walks. Please bring haiku for round-robin readings. Please also bring your haiku notebook and lots of creativity and enthusiasm. And while you’re at it, bring some poet friends, too!
All meals are served family-style at the Seabeck Conference Center dining hall. Vegetarian and nonvegetarian options are available at every meal, and in 2009 they started a superb new salad bar. If you have additional dietary or allergy concerns, please let us know when you register.
Be creative in making your own name tag. No vote or prize on the best ones this year, but please do make your own name tag in a creative way. To see the first of many photos showing our 2009 retreat name tags, click here. Top these!
If you’re willing to donate items for our silent auction, you’ll help us raise money to offset expenses. Books are welcome, but you don’t need to limit yourself to books (items don’t have to be haiku-related, either, but do make them of interest to fellow haiku poets).
Have haiku books for sale or trade? If so, please bring them to sell on our book table. Please price your books and indicate who should be paid for purchases.
As a special way to commemorate the weekend, we invite you to create a trifold haiku sheet (or something similar) with a selection of your haiku or senryu, whether recent poems or best-of selections. Please make up to 30 copies to share with everyone present. For 2010, we'll plan to have a special reading from these sheets.
Remember show-and-tell from grade school? Back by popular demand, we’ll have another haiku show-and-tell session! If you want to participate (it’s optional), bring anything related to haiku to show and describe to the group. You could read a long poem that relates to haiku, or show a favorite book or photograph. A haiga? A doormat with a haiku printed on it? Something odd or amusing? Use your creativity and imagination to bring something (or several things!) to stimulate our thinking about haiku.
Returning again for 2010 is our "Favorite Haiku" session. If you want to participate (it's optional), please select a favorite haiku or senryu written by someone else, and come prepared to read that poem and speak appreciatively for two or three minutes about why the poem works for you. You could write out your remarks and read them to the group, or talk extemporaneously—it's up to you! We hope this session will engage everyone, stimulate some critical thinking, and introduce us to new poems, whether classics that are good to be reminded of or highly personal poems that few of us know.