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Ferry Beach Park & Retreat Center

2459481_origFerry Beach is a place of unsurpassed beauty with 900 feet of beachfront in Saco, Maine (close to Portland, ME airport, and not far from Boston and other airports) offering respite away from the everyday world. It is a collection of meeting spaces, wide porches, an art and pottery studio, an outdoor chapel, a performance space, many gathering places and a wonderful dining hall.

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Power of Words Conference

Join us August 12th-14th, 2016 at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine for our 13th Power of Words Conference: Begin with YES!, with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.

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2016 Underwriters

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Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for four decades.

Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC where she coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. In 2015, she was awarded the Col John Goia Patriot award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.

Callid Keefe-Perry is a husband and father. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and travels in the Ministry within and beyond that denomination. Currently he is doing doctoral work focused on public education, the role of creativity and imagination in schools, and the how schools spiritually and psychologically affect youth. Previously he has been an public school teacher, an instructor of comedy improv, and the founder of a community theater in Rochester, NY. He is the author of Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer and is one of the founding members of the journal, THEOPOETICS.

Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation storyteller who shares the gifts and heritage of orature from her Affrilachian family. Lyn is a nationally recognized raconteur and workshop presenter, an award-winning writer, a Thurber House mentor to young authors, a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center, and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

Artist in Residence

Rita Swidrowski has joyfully taught art to students from preschoolers to seniors. Last winter she presented an art show with workshops on the Art of the Sketchbook Journal at her Belfast Free Library. Her drawings and paintings are created with a spirit of lightness and wonder. Her love of languages has led her to study French, to teach it to young children, and to integrate it into her journals. As Artist in Residence you will find her practicing her expressive process, and she will provide opportunities for you to create through word/art experiences. She her art blog here.

Artist’s Statement:

I understand and respond to the world through sketching and writing in illustrated sketch journals. People and their stories delight me. I enjoy capturing the gesture of a quick moment as well as observing slowly. The landscape — with its colors, lines and forms — becomes a form of meditation. I love discovering the marvels that reveal themselves as I draw and write, whether the subject is an everyday object or a magnificent scene.

Adding writing, in French and in English, to my sketches enables me to make connections, to learn more about what is before me as well as within my mind and heart. Moments in my life becoming expanded and are preserved to be enjoyed again. 

My professional work over the years has nurtured my art and my life. I currently love devoting more time to drawing and painting, and I enjoy sharing my original art by and showing and selling it.

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