The freedom of a writing retreat /Guest post by Dara-Lyn Shrager

The Borestone Mountain retreat. Kathy Westover photo

The Borestone Mountain retreat. Kathy Westover photo

What stays with me about my first Wide Open Writing retreat is how free I felt. Free to answer questions honestly when asked by my new roommates. Free to write in response to Dulcie's stirring prompts. Free to share those raw, unedited pieces with the group. Free to eat as much as I wanted to eat. Free to practice yoga with my eyes closed and the sound of Nancy's voice rising from the lake. Free to laugh, free to dance, free to walk, to swim, to smile while looking into another person's eyes. I don't know if what was given to me was love but I came home from Borestone Mountain feeling loved. And love is what I hold from my time among some of the most wonderful women I have ever known.

Dara-Lyn Shrager lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and is the co-founder and editor of Radar Poetry (radarpoetry.com). She holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA from Smith College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Southern Humanities Review, Barn Owl Review, Salamander, Yemassee, Whiskey Island, Tinderbox, and Nashville Review. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Magazine. Learn more at: www.daralynshrager.com.

Dara-Lyn Shrager lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and is the co-founder and editor of Radar Poetry (radarpoetry.com). She holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA from Smith College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Southern Humanities Review, Barn Owl Review, Salamander, Yemassee, Whiskey Island, Tinderbox, and Nashville Review. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Magazine. Learn more at: www.daralynshrager.com.