Our facilitated seasonal retreat programs began in the fall of 2010.   Spring 2014 will be our eighth season with accomplished writers and engaged teachers.  Enjoy the beautiful spring setting in the company of other dedicated writers!

Spring 2014

Tom Kimmel, Songwriting, May 18 to May 22

Peggy Payne, Fiction, June 1 to June 7

Rob Amberg, Photography, June 8 to June 14

Adrian Rice, Poetry, June 22 to June 28


Bill Roorbach and DBI Writers, Spring 2012

Photo by David Gessner

Elizabeth Cox and DBI Writers at Zuma Bluegrass Jam

Singer-Songwriter Pierce Pettis Led the First DBI Songwriting Workshop

Programs  include substantial time for individual writing, daily group workshops,  interactions with a writer in residence, evening readings and optional recreational activities.   The response from writers and participants alike has been great.   We can  host 6 to 8 work shop participants per session.  We welcome writers of all levels to our workshops; what matters is a clear sense of purpose and willingness to participate in a supportive community.  Fees vary by accommodation (single v. double, private v. shared bath, etc.) and include room, board and program fees.  Meals are provided by a local restaurant that specializes in simple, healthy fare drawing on the local organic farms of  Madison County.   If you are interested in a stay outside the workshop period, please see the rental page.  Our site is a great place for an individual or family retreat or for readers’ and writers’ groups.

Participants are invited to arrive Sunday afternoon after 3:00 p.m.  in time to get settled and enjoy an opening reception for all workshop participants and the writer-in-residence.   The workshop will close Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.   Fall workshops are held in October and November amidst fall colors, warm days and cool evenings.  Spring workshops are in May and June, with mountain laurel and rhododendron in full bloom.