The daily schedule is designed to teach participants useful skills as well as to enhance productivity, creativity, and wellness.
7:00 am: Participants wake up and have breakfast. Each person cleans up their breakfast dishes and eating space.
As we sit down to eat, the hosts will spend five minutes explaining one key concept related to creativity, productivity, and wellness.
Monday: Unplugging (Tanya)
Tuesday: Sleeping (Tanya)
Wednesday: Nature (Zulema)
Thursday: Meditation (Angela)
Friday: Taking breaks (Tanya)
Saturday: Loving ourselves (Crystal)
7:30am-10:00am: Focused writing time. Goal for each participant is to use the “Pomodoro Technique” to complete at least 4 “pomodoros” – each pomodoro consists of a 25-minute session with a 5 minute break.
10:00am-11:30am: Connections time. Participants will split up into groups. Each group will discuss participants’ writing progress.
There will be two types of connections times.
Monday: We will split into four groups of three people each. Each person will have 15 minutes to discuss their progress thus far, their plans for the next week, and the challenges they are facing.
Each person will discuss:
- What are your goals for this week?
- Do you anticipate any challenges in meeting them?
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Participants will give one another individual feedback. We will split into working groups of three – listed below. Each person will have a day for individual feedback. When it is your day for individual feedback, you will have a choice of explaining what you are working on and/or sharing a preliminary draft of your work. If you share a draft, the others will read it for 30 minutes and discuss it for one hour.
11:30: Volunteer chefs and helpers will prepare lunch.
12:00pm-1:30pm lunch. Each person cleans up their lunch space. Volunteer cleaners and helpers will clean pots, pans, and kitchen.
1:30-3:30pm – Nature walk or hike. (Walk will start at 1pm on Tuesday and 10am on Friday – the two days when Jon Paul is leading the walks.)
3:30pm to 4:30pm: Skills time. During this time, one of the workshop leaders will teach a writing technique.
Monday: Planning your writing week and goals.
Wednesday: How to write every day
Thursday: Creating a summer plan
4:30 to 5:30pm – Unscheduled time. Email, phones, etc. are allowed during this time. This is also a time to run errands if so desired. Or, you can continue to explore Yosemite!
5:30pm-6:30pm – Meditation time with Angela Harris (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). (On Tuesday and Friday, we will be doing meditation and yoga with Jon-Paul.)
6:30pm: Unscheduled time. Email, phones, etc. are allowed during this time. However, keep in mind that there is limited phone connectivity at the retreat site.
6:30pm: Volunteer chef and volunteer helper cook.
9pm: Reading, conversation time. All electronics put to bed.
10:30pm: Lights out to promote sleep. Everyone should be asleep to ensure at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
Sunday, June 1: Welcoming day. Hosts will prepare lunch and dinner for those that arrive in time.
Saturday, June 7: Hosts will prepare breakfast and we will all leave before lunchtime.
Tanya Golash-Boza “Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism"
France Winddance Twine “Colorism, Economic Mobility and the Global Skin Care Industry”
Amani Nuru-Jeter “Racism Stress and Inflammation among African American Women”
Nitasha Tamar Sharma “Black Hawaiians: Intersections of Race and Indigeneity”
Paola Bacchetta “Feminist and queer of color and decolonial theories of power”
Ana Aparicio “Race, class, inter-group relations in suburbia”
Vilna Bashi Treitler “A Theory of Immigration and Racial Hierarchy”
Angela Harris “The Treadmill and the Contract”
Yxta Murray “Law and the Possibilities of Peace; Law, Trauma, and Time”
Jemima Pierre “What is this "American" in the African American Experience?”
Zulema Valdez “In the Shadow of American Capitalism: Unregulated Property, Informal Work, and Unauthorized People in South Texas Colonia”
Crystal Fleming “The Hypocritical Republic: Resurrecting Race and Slavery in Colorblind France”
Some blogs worth reading for inspiration…