Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2018 Schedule

Our theme for the weekend is “Haiku In Plain Sight” (focusing on the sense of sight), and our featured guest is Abigail Friedman. We’re also celebrating the 30th anniversary of Haiku Northwest and we’re the official 50th anniversary retreat for the Haiku Society of America. Events include writing workshops, anonymous critique sessions, nature walks, presentations, haiku writing time, and more—such as our ever-popular talent show! All events take place in the Meeting House unless indicated otherwise. Fall colors should be vibrant, too! If you have silent auction or book fair items to set up, you can do so at any time in the Meeting House. The following schedule is subject to minor adjustments. See you at Seabeck!

Go to 2018 registration page

Go to the 2018 general information page

On display all weekend at the Meeting House:

  • “Haiga Adventure” haiga mobiles and sumi-e by members of the Haiga Adventure Study Group of Puget Sound Sumi Artists, coordinated by Dorothy Matthews.

  • “Mixed Haiga and Artist Trading Cards” display by Linda Papanicolaou

  • “Twenty-Four Shikishi” from the American Haiku Archives exhibit at the California State Library, with translations by Michael Dylan Welch and Emiko Miyashita

Thursday, October 25, 2018

4:00 p.m. Check-in starts at the Historic Inn (see the Seabeck campus map)

Before or after check-in, socialize in the lobby of the Historic Inn (dining hall) or explore the lagoon, antique shop, dock, and beachfront

4:00–6:00 p.m. Informal weathergram workshop at the Historic Inn lobby, led by Barbara Snow

(please make at least one weathergram and hang it somewhere around the Seabeck campus)

6:00–6:45 p.m. Dinner at the dining hall (all meals here)

7:00 p.m. Welcome, introductions, round of haiku reading (read from haiku handouts) led by Michael Dylan Welch and Angela Terry

7:30 p.m. “Street Chatter Fading” reading by Abigail Friedman

Our featured guest reads from Street Chatter Fading (Larkspur Press, 2015) and more recent haiku.

7:50 p.m. Remembering Doris Thurston, led by Connie Hutchison and Margaret D. McGee

8:00 p.m. Write Now: “Memories of the Everyday” by Deborah P Kolodji

8:15 p.m. Break

8:20 p.m. Haiku Society of America 50th Anniversary

1. Memories and discussion, led by Michael Dylan Welch, with Garry Gay and John Stevenson

2. Reading from the 2018 HSA membership anthology, Four Hundred and Two Snails

8:50 p.m. “American Haiku Archives” PowerPoint presentation by Michael Dylan Welch

9:10 p.m. “Rengay for Die-Hards” led by Garry Gay

Friday, October 26, 2018

7:30 a.m. “Breathing Meditation” led by Jacob Salzer

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. “The Sense of Sight in Japanese Haiku” presentation by Richard Tice

9:25 a.m. “Touching the Moon: Twenty-Four Shikishi” presentation and reading by Michael Dylan Welch and Cara Izumi

9:50 a.m. Qi-Gong Break (optional), led by David Berger

10:00 a.m. “My Haiku Journey” by Abigail Friedman

Drawing on two of her books, The Haiku Apprentice and I Wait for the Moon, Abigail Friedman shares her experience from her beginnings (learning haiku in Japan, and membership in a Japanese haiku group) to her development as a haiku poet outside Japan, including starting haiku groups in Quebec and in Virginia, to her work as a translator of Japanese haiku and as a judge for the Golden Triangle haiku contest. PowerPoint presentation followed by discussion.

10:50 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. “A Turn on a Familiar Path: Recreating and Walking a Labyrinth in an Ancient Form” led by Margaret D. McGee

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Readings at the Campfire Circle (unless it’s raining)

1. The Jade Pond — Vancouver Haiku Group anthology (15 minutes)

Terry Ann Carter, Lysa Collins, Lynne Jambor, Brenda Larsen, Carole MacRury,

Vicki McCullough, Angela Naccarato, and Michael Dylan Welch

2. “Scent of the Past . . . Imperfect” by Michele Root-Bernstein (10 minutes)

3. “Foreign Travel” — Commencement Bay Haiku Group (10 minutes)

Carmen Sterba, Kathleen Tice, and Richard Tice

4. “Emoji Moon” by John Stevenson (10 minutes)

5. Wishbone Moon — women’s haiku anthology (15 minutes)

Terry Ann Carter, Susan Constable, Abigail Friedman, Tanya McDonald,

Michele Root-Bernstein, and Angela Terry

2:00 p.m. “Let’s Go Find Some Birds” Nature Walk (starting from the Campfire Circle) led by Tanya McDonald

3:00 p.m. “Whole Body Observing, or How to Heighten Attention” by Michele Root-Bernstein

This observing workshop explores how to go deeper into perceptual experience. We’ll use all our senses—sight, sound, smell, touch, taste—to heighten attention to the haiku moment and its imagery. We’ll also play with creative movement, using body awareness to focus on essential observations, discovering a whole-body approach that brings us closer to insight. Bring along a haiku in progress or start afresh with photographic prompts. Our goal is to create new possibilities for your poem.

3:50: p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. “What a Trip to Japan!” presentation by Lynne Jambor and Carolyn Winkler

4:30 p.m. Back-Rub Break (optional)

4:35 p.m. “Pockets Full of Haiku: Bookmaking Workshop” (upstairs) led by Susan Callan, assisted by Dorothy Matthews, Tanya McDonald, and Barbara Snow (each session limited to 40 people — session 1: 4:35 to 5:30 p.m.; session 2: 5:35 to 6:30 p.m.)

Book artist Susan Callan provides you with a kit, including your choice of size and color materials, to make your own “blizzard book” using origami folds to fashion a handmade creation with pockets and a card holder. All supplies provided, and each participant will leave with a finished book.

6:30–7:15 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Anonymous Haiku Workshops (break into smaller groups—your choice)

1. Meeting House, downstairs, led by Susan Constable

2. Spruce, led by Victor Ortiz

3. Reeser House, led by Tanya McDonald

8:25 p.m. Break

8:30 p.m. “Hai+Ga: Modern Haiga as a Linked Form” (includes a 10-minute reading of her own haiku) by Linda Papanicolaou

9:20 p.m. Break

9:30 p.m. “Haiga Gallery” coordinated by Linda Papanicolaou

All Seabeck retreat attendees are invited to submit up to five haiga for this digital presentation. All forms of haiga are invited: traditional inkbrush painting or other art haiga, digital art, and photography. Haiga submissions should be good-quality jpeg images, at least 800 x 800 pixels. Submit to Linda Papanicolaou at, with the subject header "Seabeck Haiga." The deadline for submission is September 15, 2018. For examples of haiga, please visit Haiga Online, and see Linking and Leaping: A Haiga Primer.

9:55 p.m. Break

10:00 p.m. “Concrete Poetry” video from Haiku Chronicles

10:15 p.m. Write Now: “Concrete Detail” by Michael Dylan Welch

10:30 p.m. Informal rengay writing

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7:30 a.m. “Breathing Meditation” led by Jacob Salzer

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions, and round of haiku reading, led by Angela Terry and Michael Dylan Welch

9:20 a.m. “Honey Bees and Haiku” presentation by Bob Redmond

10:20 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Write Now: “Picture This” by Ron Swanson

10:40 a.m. Write Now: “I’ll Never Forget That Sight” by John Green

10:55 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. “Haiku Beyond Borders” by Abigail Friedman

Our guest speaker asks us, how important is cultural context in appreciating and understanding haiku? Is the author’s personal background relevant to our reading of haiku? To the extent that cultural context adds to a haiku, how do we go about gathering the right information? As haiku poets, how much context do we wish to provide others when we communicate our own haiku? PowerPoint presentation followed by discussion.

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. 2018 Porad Haiku Award Winners announced by contest coordinators Kathleen Tice and Richard Tice, judged by Francine Banwarth (not present), with flute music by Jim Rodriguez

1:30 p.m. Group photo

1:45 p.m. FREE TIME for wandering and wondering

Visit the lagoon, the woods, or the historic cemetery, or anywhere else! If you like, go on a scavenger hunt and bring something back to share with everyone!

2:45 p.m. Coffee and tea service, plus scavenger hunt sharing (informal; a table will be provided to show what you want to share)

3:00 p.m. “Moving from Sight to Insight” panel discussion

Abigail Friedman, Deborah P Kolodji, Michele Root-Bernstein, Ce Rosenow, John Stevenson, and Angela Terry, led by Michael Dylan Welch

3:50 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. 2018 Seabeck Kukai (upstairs), facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch (poems submitted should be written at or about Seabeck or be recent poems about autumn subjects)

4:50 p.m. Break

5:00 p.m. Memorial reading for Johnny Baranski

Stories, sharing, readings of poems, with music by Jim Rodriguez, plus your reminiscences

5:40 pm. “Haiku Joy: Celebrating Francine Porad” presentation by Michael Dylan Welch

6:00–6:45 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Silent Auction Wrap-Up

7:20 p.m. Write Now: “What’s That on Your Head?” by Seren Fargo

7:35 p.m. “A Sense of Light” photo haiga by Garry Gay

8:00 p.m. THE HAIKU TONIGHT SHOW, starring Sylvia Able and Captain Haiku, with talent show performances by YOU! (Let us know if you might have something to perform—music, dance, a poem, whatever!), Terry Ann Carter and Michael Dylan Welch, MCs

9:30+ p.m. “Try Anything” Anonymous Haiku Workshop, led by Michael Dylan Welch

Sunday, October 28, 2018

7:30 a.m. “Breathing Meditation” led by Jacob Salzer

8:00–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. “When a Haiku Isn’t a Haiku: Published Variations on the Haiku Form” by Ce Rosenow

9:30 a.m. Write Now: “Tell the Truth as If It Were False: Using Hyperbole and Imagination to Enliven Your Haiku” by Patrick Gallagher

9:45 a.m. New Bridges Portland Haiku Group anthology reading

Ellen Ankenbrock, Shelley Baker-Gard, Lynne Jambor, Jim Rodriguez, Jacob Salzer, and Carolyn Winkler, with tabla and flute music by Jim and Jacob

10:00 a.m. Break / Clean-up

10:30 a.m. “Haiku Pleasures” by Abigail Friedman

Exploring what makes haiku such an attractive art and reflecting upon the pleasure of writing haiku. Short presentation and then discussion.

11:00 a.m. Break / Clean-up

11:15 a.m. Round of haiku reading, and reflections on the weekend, led by Michael Dylan Welch

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Checkout deadline

Optional afternoon activity to be announced

Thank you for your participation!