About the Retreat

Co-led by David Kern, Heidi White, and Tim McIntosh, this retreat will offer a contemplative venue for conversation and community in the same spirit as the Close Reads Podcast. Each day will begin with breakfast together, followed by The Daily Poem and coffee. Then we'll dive into the warm waters of his fiction and essays. We'll chat, debate, eat, walk, and dig together and hopefully by the end of the week we will have ascertained a bit more clearly what Berry can offer to contemporary people who believe in the value of looking back. 

The Reading List

The Memory of Old Jack

A World Lost

"A Native Hill" (essay)
"The Unsettling of America" (essay)
Selections from Sabbath Poems

Key dates and times

The retreat will begin on the evening of Sunday, June 7 at 7:30 with a welcome reception and will conclude on Friday, June 12 at 4 pm. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 each morning and sessions will go until 5:00 pm each day, except on Wednesday when the afternoon is free for exploration, rest, shopping, etc. Tuesday evening will include a family-style dinner, and Thursday evening will include a banquet-style dinner in the resort's restaurant.