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

Our weeklong kickoff retreat will be in Juneau, Alaska at the end of May, 2024. 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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You will be based at 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) and writing-centric cultural and literary visits. Affordable add-on day trips will include a flight to Admiralty Island to hang with grizzlies acclimated to humans, 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: 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, time and space to write, and the welcoming and inclusive Lighthouse community. This trip's instructors will be Erika Krouse and Rachel Weaver. You will select your own flights and lodging, but we'll reserve a block of rooms at the Baranof at a reduced rate, if you are interested in staying there. You can also opt for additional add-on day trips to Admiralty Island and/or Tracy Arm Fjord. Pricing and other details will be available in fall of 2023.

Each day in Juneau will include:

  • Writing time in a beautiful place!
  • An optional writing-centric Juneau activity, either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the activity.
  • Meals on your own, or at a scheduled restaurant for the group.
  • After-dinner social/cocktail hour.
  • Meetings and manuscript review with instructors.
  • Camaraderie and fellowship with the Lighthouse retreat community.