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This Moment, Nothing Else:

A Gathering of Poets

12:00 pm, November 9 through

5:00 pm, November 12.

The Land Celebration

411 Three Oaks Drive

Gore, VA 22637

The focus of

This Moment, Nothing Else: A Gathering of Poets

is to assist you, as someone who writes poetry, to deepen your connection with why you write and how connecting with the moment can inspire not only your poetry but your spirituality as well.

During the course of the weekend there will be poetry readings, a couple of writing workshops, discussions centered on creativity and inspirational influences, optional guided meditations and sweat lodge ceremony, along with plenty of time to write, connect with other attendees and explore the beautiful 40 acres of The Land Celebration. Each attendee will also receive, afterwards, a hand-stitched book of poems that were written during the gathering.

Registration will begin at 12:00 pm on Thursday, with light dinner to be served at 6:00 pm and the opening words to begin at 7:00 pm.

Accommodations and meals will be provided through lunch on Sunday.

For more information or questions please contact:

John Berry




Michael Czarnecki




Michael Czarnecki is a poet, small press publisher, oral memoirist and photographer who lives in the far northwestern region of the Susquehanna Watershed. He, and his wife Carolyn, formed FootHills Publishing in 1986 and has published over 500 books and chapbooks by poets throughout the United States and beyond.

Michael has been writing poetry for fifty years and has made his living solely through the creative word for nearly a quarter of a century. He often goes out on the poetic road, giving readings and facilitating workshops throughout America. When on tour, usually more than half of the venues he appears at are repeat venues, attesting to the success of his presentations. He has often been referred to as “Michael Poetseed” by others and considers himself an “Encourager.”

At This Moment, Nothing Else: A Gathering of Poets, Michael will facilitate haiku and Palm of the Hand Memoir workshops as well as participating in conversations about poetry, life, and traveling the creative path. He will also be available for individual “encouragement” sessions if so desired.

More information about Michael can be found on his website: www.foothillspublishing.com/poetguy

This Moment, Nothing Else: A Gathering of Poets

Registration Information

Noon Thursday, November 9 through 5:00 pm Sunday, November 12.

Includes Lodging, meals and hand-stitched Poetry book.


(We encourage attendance to the full retreat, but are offering a

reduced rate of $375 if you can only attend for the weekend.)

Registration DeadlineOctober 31

(Limited scholarships available)

Maximum Registration - 30.

$100 non-refundable deposit required, balance due upon arrival.

Deposit can be made through Paypal or by sending a check to:

John Berry, 3365 Papermill Rd. Winchester, VA 22602

Looking Forward To Seeing You There!

Gathering Deposit


John Berry is a poet and woodworker who, while writing poetry from a very young age, and into his twenties, lost that connection for many years in what he has come to understand as “the mistaken responsibilities of adulthood”.  At the age of 47, during a four day journey exploring the teachings of the Medicine Wheel with a group of men, he woke up early on the second day feeling the need to write a poem. Not a day since then has poetry ceased to have a profound impact on his life.

What had become a life challenged by lost connections; with his family, his wife, his higher Self, with his first love, poetry, suddenly blossomed. The addictions he had to alcohol and drugs lost their hold. The simple act of waking up to a new day was no longer agony, but a gift. True presence with a loved one; a joy instead of a torture.

This act of saying “Yes” to the Universe’s desire to create through all beings, and to connect them in right relation completely and utterly changed John’s life. In little over a year since writing that poem, he was approached to publish his first book. A year or so later, his second and latest, Medicine, was published. He hosts a monthly open mic for poets, and is the host of The Sock Drawer Poetry Series on WinlifeTV.

Continuing his work with the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, John has nearly completed a two year course of study learning the practice of Energy Medicine at the Whitewinds/Featherstone Institutes, and already a certified Reiki practitioner, John will be joining his wife Brenda at her healing center, Sacred Celebrations, upon graduation.