“The August and February retreats are some of the best parts of the Apprenticeship. Spending a week with your fellow apprentices not only helps you bond together as a friends, but also gives you greater opportunities to learn from each other’s strengths. There is no better way to learn mimetic pedagogy than to spend a week watching mimetic lessons and teaching one of your own. The banquets are true moments of leisure and celebration of the fruits of a challenging week’s honest labors!"

- Jacob, an apprentice from Florida


Each year apprentices attend two retreats, a 5-day summer retreat and a 4-day winter retreat. They also participate in regular webinar discussions. 

The summer retreat initiates a year-long journey with fellow apprentices and the Head Mentor.  It is held at the end of July/early August at a location determined by the Head Mentor. Apprentices MUST be present for the duration of the retreat. During the summer retreat, each apprentice observes, teaches, and assesses a mimetic lesson drawn from The Lost Tools of Writing.

The winter retreat is held sometime in February (each group's mentor will choose a week). Once again, each apprentice observes, teaches, and assesses a mimetic lesson drawn from The Lost Tools of Writing.. 

Both retreats are refreshing times of learning, fellowship, and camaraderie.

Apprentices should expect to cover their own travel, lodging, and personal expenses.

Each month, September through May, the Head Mentor meets with participants in a 90-minute live webinar. Apprentices and journeymen attend separate webinars. A third webinar brings the apprentices and journeymen together to discuss the reading. Each new apprentice is assigned a mentor from among the journeymen to assist them throughout the year.  Apprentices meet with their journeyman-mentors once each month, and more frequently if needed.


East Coast (Bianco) - Wednesdays, 3:30-5 EST
East Coast (Holler) - Fridays, 4-5:30 EST
East Coast (Shirley) - Thursdays, 4-5:30 EST
Mid-Atlantic - Wednesdays, 5:30-7 EST
Gulf Coast  - Tuesdays, 4:30-6 CST
Midwest - Thursdays, 4-5:30 EST
Rocky Mountain - Wednesdays, 4:30-6 MST

East Coast (Bianco) NC - July 25 - 29, 2022
East Coast (Holler) TN - August 1 - 5, 2022
East Coast (Shirley) NC - July 25 - 29, 2022
Mid-Atlantic PA - August 1 - 5, 2022
Gulf Coast TX - August 1 - 5, 2022
Midwest OH - July 25 - 29, 2022
Rocky Mountain CO - July 25 - 29, 2022

East Coast (Bianco) TN - Feb 8 - 11, 2023
East Coast (Holler) TN - Feb 15 - 18, 2023
East Coast (Shirley) NC - Feb 22 - 25, 2023
Mid-Atlantic MD - Feb 1 - 4, 2023
Gulf Coast TX - Feb 15 - 18, 2023
Midwest OH - Feb 22 - 25, 2023
Rocky Mountain AZ - Feb 8 - 11, 2023

Airport Cities to reach Retreat Locations
East Coast (Bianco) NC/TN - Charlotte, NC in July and Knoxville, TN in Feb
East Coast (Holler) NC/TN - Charlotte, NC in Aug and Knoxville, TN in Feb
East Coast (Shirley) NC - NC
Mid-Atlantic - Philadelphia, PA in Aug and Baltimore, MD in Feb
Gulf Coast TX - Dallas, TX (Love Field) for Fairfield, TX
Midwest OH - In Ohio, 1 hour from Cleveland or Detroit airports
Rocky Mountain  - Denver, CO in July and Phoeniz, AZ in Feb


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