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Get your yoga on as a writer

I’m thoroughly in favor of people writing from a deeper place, not the thinking part of the mind, but rather memory and image and feeling, and so yoga helps us get in touch with the feeling self.

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Patricia-Headshot-Ferry-Guatemala-182x300In 1996, poet Patricia Lee Lewis, with her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, teamed up with Charles MacInerney, one of the top yoga instructors in Texas, to start a new venture. Though a combined yoga and writing retreat was unheard of at the time, over the years, the venture has taken the pair around the world, from Costa Rica to Great Britain.

I spoke to Lewis recently for an upcoming Conference Insider column in our magazine. In June, she will be leading a writing and yoga retreat the week before the Jackson Hole Writers Conference about an hour north at Turpin Meadow Ranch. Fresh off a plane from Guatemala, where she was leading one of her annual retreats, Lewis spoke from her home and permanent writing workshop Patchwork Farm in Westhampton, Massachusetts. “I don’t leave here in winter because I don’t love it,” Lewis said of the three feet of snow that awaited her. “Winter is just when people will pay you to go with them to Guatemala and write.”

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