Monrovia Canyon Writing Retreat


Sharon Rizk and Justin Kibbe lead a wonderful poetry retreat in Monrovia Canyon. This is a beautiful nature sanctuary not far from the city. The theme for the retreat was: “Connecting with Nature, Self, and Community.” It was interesting to see how the surroundings became a part of my poems from Oak branches to waterfalls.


I lead a mail art collage project that was a quiet meditation of texture, color, and shape as the participants decorated envelopes. My fabric scraps came from many nations such as: Australia, Africa and Japan. I enjoyed watching the process as each person uncovered hidden treasures within the pile of scraps.


After the envelopes were decorated, a poem of encouragement was written and placed inside. These envelopes were made to be a gift, not knowing who would be the recepient. A blind selection from a basket lead to a wondrous surprise. Poems were read and the images shared. Each one told what their gift meant to them.


My gift now has a special place in my home to remind me of a great weekend with Sharon, Justin, Judi, Phil, Karen, Kathabela and Rick. A time away to explore poetry and art in community.

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~ by fiberverse on October 8, 2011.

One Response to “Monrovia Canyon Writing Retreat”

  1. I am happy to meet you Sharon. Do you know Suzi Banks, New Hampshire; she a mailart project, rather large, beautiful happy, sparkly woman; Do you know Jan Phillips? Chief encourager of women using their art to LEAD the world into new being; check out http://www.janphillips.com; She is in SanDiego, but on the road frequently with workshops. Do you know we have a large fiberart fest here in Allegan, MI in the summer; you should come. 🙂 Betty Lue is also in California.

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