• United States of America
2 - 4 weeks
Program Tags
Arts College Credit Yoga Retreats

Program Details

Cross-Country Skiing Dogsledding Yoga
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Includes everything: tuition, room & board, books, journals, unlimited marshmallows. Note: the fee does not include travel to/from Maine.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals
What's Included (Extra)

Includes everything: tuition, room & board, books, journals, unlimited marshmallows. Note: the fee does not include travel to/from Maine.

What's Not Included
Airfare Transportation
Mar 21, 2023
Feb 20, 2023
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About Program

Wintering at Seguinland Institute in Maine is an invitation to embody this season of fire and ice - and to write from the hearth of your soul. This immersive program includes reflective writing time around the big stone fireplace, writing workshops with mentors and peers, mindfulness practice in a gathering space up in the trees and outdoor adventures in the snow (think hikes along the beech, ice fishing, dogsledding and snow angels). Most importantly you'll be part of an intentional community of fellow students who like you are setting aside time to hone their writing craft, build friendships based on the deeper things, and contemplate questions of the good life. Along the way you'll complete a 4-credit college-level English course. Wintering 2023 will be led by Jenny O'Connell, MFA. Jenny is an award-winning writer and outdoor guide.

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Program Highlights

  • Explore Connections between the Writing Life & the Good Life
  • Hone Writing Skills: workshops, writing exercises around the fireplace, conversations with great writers, create a Zine.
  • Winter Nature Immersion: adventures in the snow with expert guides - cross country ski, ice fish, dog sled, snow angels.
  • 4 College Credits in Writing: experiential learning, taught by award-winning professors, not academics as usual
  • Cultivate Mindfulness Skills: knit together your attention span, calm and focus the mind, deepen your creative capacities

Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.5
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing program with strong community

This program is absolutely amazing. It has a very, very, very strong community aspect to it, and students are encouraged every day to be their fullest and best selves. Expect adventure and trying things you’ve never tried before, whether it be going straight from a sauna to a frozen pond to dog sledding to cooking on a fire. This was my second time at Seguinland, but it was still the experience of a lifetime. The staff are extremely extremely supportive and they manage to make every single program new so returning students and new students experience brand new programming. The food is also good, and food that is made in the program is very, very healthy. expect to be immersed day after day in nature, and to embrace a lifestyle of minimal technology, as phones and computers are expected to be left in the cabins if students are not using them for educational purposes (which is a relatively rare occurrence). Expect to embrace mindfulness, and to learn how to embrace new perspectives, and journey in word, as well as outward. Philosophical and very otherwise deep discussions are an undeniable facet of this program and everyone, students and staff alike, are ready to talk about anything. The environment is extremely inclusive and every single day there’s more and more things to learn. The campus is in the woods and is extremely extremely beautiful. The main gathering space is a treehouse. For photographers, get ready to take some amazing, amazing photos in your free time. This program was an intensive writing program, and so students were diving deep into various forms of writing. For any writer, this program is so amazing. Whether your writing style is poetry, songwriting, fiction, or something else, the staff embrace all of it.

  • Community and family feel to the entire program
  • In-depth writing education and support by staff who are passionate and experienced writers.
  • Setting is absolutely beautiful
  • It can feel like a lot is crammed into 3 weeks. We do a lot of awesome stuff but the length can seem very constraining.
  • Sometimes it be hard to walk across certain parts of campus because of icy surfaces
8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Living at Seguinland helped me connect with the earth, introduced me to some seriously good humans, strengthened my writing, and better equipped me with everyday skills.

We lived on the marsh and hurled our voices into its echo, greeted the days with yoga, slid down the snowy bridge at night, took walks beneath a starry sky, cared for our own house and home, spent each day writing and reading, left our doors entirely open for conversations when the going got tough, hiked, skied, sled, and simply were.

  • Family envrionment: the staff is so supportive, present, and warm
  • Amazing campus!!
  • Great adventuring activities and unique opportunities
  • Cozy communal quarters and cold outdoors limit opportunities for alone time
  • Majority of the writing time is short and generative--workshopping and longer periods of writing only begin in the last week
  • Wish it was longer so we could've spent more time deepening relationships
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