If you need transportation from the Seattle airport to the conference center, please let us know. Or contact www.kitsapairporter.com for shuttle details (phone 360-876-1737 or 800-562-7948). Contact Kitsap Airporter for prices. If you can get a ferry as a walk-on passenger from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Transit offers bus service from Bainbridge to Silverdale (near Seabeck), and we could arrange to have someone pick you up in Silverdale.
For 2017, we'll be staying in Reeser (our accommodations for the first Seabeck retreat ten years ago), the Historic Inn, the Annex, Madrona, and Tamarack. Rooms are limited (especially ones with private bathrooms), and we encourage you to double up if possible (we will pair you with a roommate unless you have your own roommate preference or request a private room). Read more about our accommodations, including photos and layout maps. These houses are close to each other near our dining hall, and our meeting hall, which for the first time this year will be the historic Meeting House (photo above, and see additional photos). After years in the Colman Center, we're now moving to a much larger meeting room where we'll be much more comfortable. Previously, we stayed in Reeser House, and it's typical of accommodations at the conference center (see Seabeck photos here). If necessary for additional overflow, we should be able to arrange other housing facilities on the conference grounds with more beds. Click to see a Seabeck photo gallery and the Seabeck 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. Make sure to bring a flashlight and a bathrobe (rooms in some buildings have a shared bathroom down the hall), and perhaps earplugs (if your roommate snores). Please bring haiku for round-robin readings, haiku sheets (see below) or other handouts to share, and items for the silent auction (see below), and perhaps bring an instrument or make other plans for our talent show. Please also bring your haiku notebook and lots of creativity and enthusiasm. And while you’re at it, bring some poet friends, too!
Free wi-fi service is available all over Seabeck Conference Center facilities, with strongest connections in all the meeting rooms and accommodations.
All meals are served family-style at the Seabeck Conference Center dining hall. Vegetarian and nonvegetarian options (including vegan) are available at every meal, and they have a superb salad bar. Soy-free meals are no longer being offered. If you have additional dietary or allergy concerns, please let us know when you register.
Be creative in making your own name tag. There’s no vote or prize for the best ones, but please do make your own name tag in a creative way. Click to see the first of many photos showing our 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 retreat name tags. 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 display on our book table. Please price your books and indicate who should be paid for purchases.
In 2012 we added a talent show to our Saturday evening festivities. Participation is optional, but please do think about how you might contribute. Sing a song! Play the piano, or electronic keyboard (both available)! Play another instrument, like a guitar or ukulele! Project some photos! Tell a story! Tell some bad jokes! Or good ones? Read a longer poem! Perform a dramatic scene from a play! Get together with another attendee or two or ten to collaborate in some way, musically or dramatically! Or think of ways to create audience participation. We’ve had all these and many other creative contributions to our very amusing and entertaining talent show, now one of our weekend highlights.
As a special way to commemorate the weekend, we invite you to create a keepsake trifold haiku sheet (or something similar) with a selection of your haiku or senryu, whether recent poems or best-of selections. Please make at least 50 copies (okay, 60) to share with everyone present (we’ll let you know if attendance exceeds 50, which has happened from 2012 onwards). At each retreat we have a special reading of poems from these sheets.
A tradition we’ve had at Seabeck since our retreat began is to have an annual kukai, or haiku contest. Participants offer two anonymous haiku on index cards (provided) for a voting process by attendees, with prizes given to the top poems. Participation is optional. We continue this tradition to recognize the way Japanese haiku group meetings are usually conducted, and to heighten our attention on the selection and consideration of poems. The process encourages the writing of new work, the mindful selection of poems to enter, and the careful consideration of everyone's poems for the purpose of voting. Winning poems are automatically included in the annual Seabeck conference anthology.
[Not happening in 2017] 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? It could be something you purchased or something you made. Use your creativity and imagination to bring something (or several things!) to stimulate our thinking about haiku.
[Not happening in 2017] Our "Favorite Haiku" session is always popular. 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.