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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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2016 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.


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 member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and travels in the Ministry. He is completing his PhD in Theological Studies at Boston University. His work is at the intersection of imaginative and creative practices and their connection to pedagogy and spiritual formation. His current research relates to public education and the ways our schools spiritually affect youth. He 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.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044

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