Listening Out: Exploring the Nature of Place in Point Reyes Station

Date & Time
Friday, March 2, 2018 - Sunday, March 4, 2018
All Day

with Christian McEwen and Sarah Rabkin

Join us for a gentle transformative weekend at the Mesa Refuge, with a focus on listening and creativity. Christian and Sarah are both experienced writer-teachers with a passionate interest in the natural world. We will introduce a series of short writing, drawing and contemplative practices, making sure to allow plenty of time for solitude, as well as for reading, sharing and discussion. This retreat is especially suitable for writers and artists, at any level of expertise, but everyone is welcome. Expect to emerge with a renewed understanding of your own true nature, as well as the nature that surrounds and sustains us all.

The retreat will begin with an introductory session, including a light meal, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on Friday evening. We will reconvene from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday.


The $315 fee includes supper on Friday evening; participants bring lunches on Saturday and Sunday. Registration, limited to 13 participants, is on a first-come, first-served basis, with full payment by check required to hold your place at the time of registration. For cancellations requested no later than two weeks in advance, the fee is refundable, minus a $25 administrative charge. Suggestions about local lodging options are available for participants traveling from beyond commuting range.

For more information and/or to register, please contact Sarah Rabkin via email ( or at 831-475-7548.


mcewan-300x225Christian McEwen is a Mesa Refuge alum, a British writer and workshop leader, currently based in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. She has edited four anthologies, including Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, and has written for the Nation and The Village Voice. Her book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down is fundamental to the theme of our retreat.

rabkinSarah Rabkin is the author and illustrator of What I Learned at Bug Camp: Essays on Finding a Home in the World. A teacher of composition and environmental and science writing at UC Santa Cruz, she also leads workshops and retreats for the Point Reyes Field Institute and other outdoor education organizations. Sarah grew up in Berkeley and currently lives near the shore of Monterey Bay with her husband, poet Charles Atkinson.

Comments from 2017 Participants

“I loved the place, the space, the group interactions, the time spent writing in balance with time spent sharing. Most of all I loved the spirit, wisdom and generosity of Christian and Sarah.”

“The two of you work together beautifully, and I appreciate your warmth, the sense of welcome & receptivity, and all the resources you so thoughtfully shared.”

“The workshop put me in touch with the love that can be generated in community… It put me in touch again with my writing self. It put me in touch with the wind again. Just those three things alone made the weekend such a valuable experience.”


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Mesa Refuge
11 Los Reyes
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956