“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) - Wednesdays, 4-5:30 EST
Mid-Atlantic - Wednesdays, 5:30-7 EST
Gulf Coast TX - Tuesdays, 4:30-6 CST
Midwest OH- Thursdays, 4-5:30pm EST
Rocky Mountain - Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm MST

East Coast (Bianco) NC - July 26 - 30, 2021
East Coast (Holler) NC - August 2 - 6, 2021
East Coast (Shirley) NC - July 26 - 30, 2021
Mid-Atlantic NH - August 2 - 6, 2021
Gulf Coast TX - August 2 - 6, 2021
Midwest OH - July 26 - July 30, 2021
Rocky Mountain CO - August 2 - 6, 2021

East Coast (Bianco) NC - Feb 9 - 12, 2022
East Coast (Holler) NC - Feb 16 - 19, 2022
East Coast (Shirley) Location TBD - Feb 16 - 19, 2022
Mid-Atlantic MD - Feb 2-5 or 9-12, 2022
Gulf Coast TX - Feb 16 - 19, 2022
Midwest OH - Feb 23 - 26, 2022
Rocky Mountain CO - Feb 2 - 5, 2022

Airport Cities to reach Retreat Locations
East Coast (Bianco) NC - Charlotte, NC
East Coast (Holler) NC - Charlotte, NC
East Coast (Shirley) NC - Charlotte, NC in July and TBD in Feb
Mid-Atlantic - Manchester, NH (Retreat in Newbury, NH) in Aug and Baltimore, MD in Feb
Gulf Coast TX - Houston, TX or Dallas, TX (Love Field)
Midwest OH - In Ohio, 1 hour from Cleveland or Detroit airports
Rocky Mountain  - Denver, CO


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