The Glacier Bay Women’s Retreat invites a small cohort of ten women professionals to a week of learning, exploration, and revitalization in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.

Structured around the theme “connection through creation,” the Women’s Retreat is oriented towards women seeking to write the next chapters in their lives. The program reimagines the traditional three pillars of the Arete Project – academics, labor, and self-governance – for a new and vibrant audience.

Set in Gustavus, Alaska, at the nexus of the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, the Women’s Retreat offers deep immersion in nature, community, and the life of the mind. Multimedia artistic workshops enhance a weeklong course on personal and creative writing: all designed to bring participants into deeper connection with one another and the surrounding world. Yoga, service-learning, reflective circles, and outdoor exploration join to create an experience that engages and enlivens the whole person.

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Dates, Pricing, and Registration

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Dates: June 8th-14th, 2019
Registration deadline: February 28th, 2019

Private Room: $3,700
Shared Room: $3,000

Prices include tuition, program fees, room and board, and roundtrip flights between Juneau and Gustavus. Participants are responsible for booking travel between their hometowns and Juneau.

Registration opens December 1st, 2018. For further information or to express interest, please email

Connection through Creation

Stoke your creative and intellectual fires with multimedia artistic workshops that run throughout the week. Personal and creative writing forms the backbone of the course, featuring instruction and workshopping from veteran authors. Plus, explore new avenues with workshops on field sketching and fiber arts taught by local experts. Creative pursuits restore us to our sense of place and community, to our connection with fellow humans and the natural world. What bridges will you build during this week?

The Peace of Wild Things

In the words of writer Wendell Berry, come to Alaska to “rest in the grace of the world.” Draw inspiration from the morning sun on the Fairweather Mountains. Take an evening mindfulness walk down to the shores of the Inside Passage. Kayak among whales on a guided half-day trip to local islands. Explore the region’s rich ecology with local naturalists. Marvel at the vastness of Alaskan wildlands on a full-day boat tour of Glacier Bay National Park. Let the beauty of Alaska transport and restore you!

Building Community

Forge bonds of friendship within our community of women participants through both guided and informal reflection. Prepare dinner with one another from the bounty of the land and sea. Support one another in your creative work through peer feedback and collaboration. And, give back to the town of Gustavus. In partnership with a local nonprofit, participants will assist on a service project that benefits this small, rural community.

Rustic Comfort in the Alaskan Wilderness

Set at the crosscurrents of the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, the tiny Alaskan town of Gustavus boasts unparalleled scenic grandeur. Breathtaking mountains, calving glaciers, and rich marine waters provide a backdrop for whales and otters, moose and eagles. Nestled in this wild landscape, the Annie Mae Lodge will provide a quiet, rustic home base for our daily explorations. A family-run inn with homesteader roots, the Annie Mae Lodge offers comfortable accommodations, easy beach access, and the best in local seafood.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Evening arrival in Gustavus. Dinner and opening circle at the Annie Mae Lodge.

Day 2

Sunrise yoga. Initial writer’s workshop. Afternoon fiber arts workshop. Cohort dinner.

Day 3

Boat tour of Glacier Bay National Park. Afternoon presentation on Tlingit culture. Dinner at Annie Mae Lodge. Evening reflection circle.

Day 4

Sunrise yoga. Morning field sketching workshop and structured writing time. Continue service project. Cohort dinner.

Day 5

Writer’s workshop and structured writing time. Afternoon sea kayaking at Bartlett Cove. Dinner at Annie Mae Lodge.  Evening reflection circle.

Day 6

Sunrise yoga. Morning fiber arts workshop and structured writing time. Finish service project. Cohort dinner.

Day 7

Writer’s workshop and final presentations. Closing circle. Depart Gustavus 5pm.


****Please note that this itinerary is tentative and subject to change!***