Join us for the inauguration of Lighthouse’s new traveling retreat, Rekindle.

Our kickoff program will be in Juneau, Alaska from May 15 to May 22, 2024, eight days and seven nights. This generative retreat will feature a blend of ample writing time, local exploration, manuscript feedback from seasoned writers and teachers, and connection with other adventurous writers.

Participation in the retreat is by application only. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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We’ll be staying in the historic Baranof Hotel, close to the capital city’s coffee shops, restaurants, watering holes, library, beach, and hiking trails. Optional afternoon activities include rain forest hike and writes (including one to the Mendenhall Glacier), writing-centric cultural and literary visits, and a Tracy Arm Fjord cruise to see glaciers, humpback whales, orcas, and grizzly bears (from the safety of the shore-hugging boat). Adventurous travelers can also privately seek out tours such as salmon fishing, dog sledding, whale watching, etc. Or simply bask in the scenery and write your masterpiece.

Tuition includes: hotel lodging in a private with a private bathroom, group welcome breakfast, daily in-room continental breakfasts, daily optional activities including transit and faculty instruction, an optional review of a 3,000-to-5,000 word manuscript and 30-minute one-on-one consultation with an instructor, farewell dinner, limited shuttle service to and from the airport, time and space to write, and the welcoming and inclusive Lighthouse community. (Note: A mistaken prior iteration of this section was inadvertently copied from the "double room" option. Doubles are available, but tuition covers just one person and their manuscript.)

This year's instructors are Rachel Weaver and Erika Krouse. The full cost of the retreat is $3,250. Payment plans available at (303) 297-1185. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your space.  

Sample daily schedule:

  • Morning writing time, in-room continental breakfast.
  • Lunch on your own, or at a scheduled restaurant for the group.
  • Early afternoon optional writing-centric Juneau activities and exercises with instructors.
  • Late afternoon talks with local authors.
  • Dinner on your own, or at a scheduled restaurant for the group.
  • After-dinner social/cocktail hour.