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Poetry Retreat Love

"Where do I begin with the poetry retreat?
It gave me more than just an opportunity to create. 
Co-living with poets for five days at once,
where poetry was all we breathed and ate. 
Interacting with esteemed writers and performers
pushed me out of my comfort zone.
I learnt that poetry is bigger than just
expressing feelings of one’s own. 
It’s about looking at the world differently,
it’s about words, but body language too. 
It’s breaking old patterns, finding new ones,
and making art with many words (or few). 
For anyone who is exploring their poetic journey,
this experience will be a magical one,
with lots to learn about writing and performance, 
but more so how to do it while having fun! "
(Urgh, take me back to Saraya already!)

Aashika Suresh

"There are few experiences in life that combine education with rhythm and soul. Rarer still is the experience to find them in distinct and appropriate amounts in a small period of time. The Poetry Retreat did just that and more. To nurture an environment where poets immerse for a few days in cadence, movement, expression and more importantly the courage to write, speak who you truly are in a memorable way, is a remarkable feat. And this is where this goes beyond workshopping—  exploring the power of the community to inspire poetry, then receiving solitude to tap into your own experiences aided by tireless editing, craft discussions and one-on-one sessions with seasoned mentors. I thank and congratulate Rochelle for creating a space where art is the God and we are not devotees, but creators of that God's mystique. I would recommend both emerging and established poets to engage in this beautiful wilderness guiding the heart and its bleeding ink to find or rediscover its own unique poetic voice. "   

Satya Dash

"Where do I begin with the poetry retreat?
It gave me more than just an opportunity to create. 
Co-living with poets for five days at once,
where poetry was all we breathed and ate. 
Interacting with esteemed writers and performers
pushed me out of my comfort zone.
I learnt that poetry is bigger than just
expressing feelings of one’s own. 
It’s about looking at the world differently,
it’s about words, but body language too. 
It’s breaking old patterns, finding new ones,
and making art with many words (or few). 
For anyone who is exploring their poetic journey,
this experience will be a magical one,
with lots to learn about writing and performance, 
but more so how to do it while having fun! "
(Urgh, take me back to Saraya already!)

Aashika Suresh

"There are few experiences in life that combine education with rhythm and soul. Rarer still is the experience to find them in distinct and appropriate amounts in a small period of time. The Poetry Retreat did just that and more. To nurture an environment where poets immerse for a few days in cadence, movement, expression and more importantly the courage to write, speak who you truly are in a memorable way, is a remarkable feat. And this is where this goes beyond workshopping—  exploring the power of the community to inspire poetry, then receiving solitude to tap into your own experiences aided by tireless editing, craft discussions and one-on-one sessions with seasoned mentors. I thank and congratulate Rochelle for creating a space where art is the God and we are not devotees, but creators of that God's mystique. I would recommend both emerging and established poets to engage in this beautiful wilderness guiding the heart and its bleeding ink to find or rediscover its own unique poetic voice. "   

Satya Dash

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