What do you get when you mix a compassionate Southern novelist with a playful Yankee poet? Exciting, refreshing, dynamic, fun! And mentors who love helping others live a creative life.
The People Behind the Retreat
Terry Price is a Tennessee based writer, creative coach, podcaster, Certified Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator, and photographer, with an MFA in writing from the Spalding School of Creative and Professional Writing in Louisville. He is a current faculty member in MTSU Write (formerly The Writer’s Loft) creative writing program at Middle Tennessee State University.
Terry works with creatives one-on-one online and in person and leads workshops and retreats on creativity, writing, photography, and using the labyrinth as both a spiritual and creative tool.
A self-described lifestyle photographer, his portfolio includes street, landscape, and travel photography and he has finished shooting travel photos for the fourth in a series of five poetry/photography ekphrastic exhibits and books. His photos have been exhibited around the Southeast and Midwest and have accompanied pieces in various journals, newspapers, and magazines and sold to individuals.
Terry’s writing has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his piece “The Addition of Clouds” was published in the anthology, Wisdom From Others: Life Lessons From Loss in November, 2019.
You can learn more about Terry and his work through his website TerryPrice.net and through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and listen to his podcast, The Creative Playground, at this link https://anchor.fm/thecreativeplayground or it can be found on all of the major podcasting services.
Dave DeGolyer: Dave is an award-winning poet and young adult fiction writer. Under the pseudonym of Lafayette Wattles, he has published over 130 poems in print and online, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry three times and was twice nominated for Best New Poets. He brings to his writing and to his facilitating an affinity for infusing serious subject matter with humor. A former educator, Dave enjoys drawing on his background in sports (as an athlete and a coach), writing (as a poet, novelist, essayist and an assistant editor), and yoga (as a teacher and a student) to create engaging workshops that are a blend of movement, mindfulness, laughter, and craft.
Of his poem “I Didn’t Know Which Were The Thoughts and Which Were The Trees,” written under the pseudonym Lafayette Wattles, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wrote: “In this narrative poem each flowing line is threaded with energy, story and penumbra – we are being pulled and illuminated by the unknown even though we notice the thing happen every morning or evening when we shiver. The piece is compact and yet loosened. It is dark-soft and diamond-rock flare. Dialogical and conversational, we sit and burn in the ash of culture, community, race-chaos, destruction, death-language and voice-resurrection. A tour-de-force.”
What TOOLS do we, your facilitators, have to offer?
- Advanced degrees in Education & Writing (MFA’s from one of the top-ten writing programs in America)
- Yoga Teacher certification
- Specialized Mind-Body Creativity Training (includes using yoga poses as a way into your creative work, basic yogic breathing, as well as walking meditation outside weather permitted)
. . . Experience as . . .
- Writing Instructors
- Award-Winning Writers
- (oh yeah, and a former Writing Program Director)
Terry and Dave enjoy working as a team and together
they have started The Round Table (on Facebook) providing daily
encouragement, support, inspiration to writers and other creatives.
GENTLE MORNING YOGA INSTRUCTION
A born educator and compassionate healer, Cathleen Kahn (or Cat as she is affectionately known) teaches people to see physical fitness as a path to positive change in their lives. Working as a yogi, wellness expert, and the founder and co-owner of CatFit Yoga, she helps her clients find sustainable paths to health, happiness, and self-love.
A certified fitness and yoga instructor and a continuing education provider for yoga alliance, Cathleen owns a yoga studio and a travel agency with her sister. She has a master’s degree in business education (MBE) from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and holds a graduate certificate in creative writing from MTSU Write. She has been a co-facilitator of the West of the Moon creative retreats for the past seven summers in New Harmony, Indiana. At West of the Moon, she leads yoga and offers presentations on creativity and the creative process. Cathleen has written articles for and has been published in the Crossville Chronicle, a local Tennessee newspaper, as well as the online magazine, The Feminine Collective. Her book, Badass and Bendy, is a creative retelling of her experience overcoming breast cancer and how yoga helped her heal physically and emotionally during and after that life-changing transformation.
When she’s not teaching, writing, or speaking, Cathleen loves to travel, volunteer, and savor a great glass of red wine. She enjoys learning as much as teaching and strives to make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of everyone she meets.