Ends on May 21, 2018

OSU faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences for a writing retreat sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word. The retreat is offered to an OSU graduate student who is engaged in a place-based writing and/or research project such as a thesis or dissertation project, independent study, or internship in the humanities or environmental sciences. The retreat can also be offered to two graduate students who are working on a collaborative project or two graduate students who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence.

Retreats are held at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek. The Cabin provides a profound experience of concentrated solitude and simple living in close proximity to nature, highly conducive to sustained writing and/or research projects. The retreat confers exclusive use of the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for one week plus a stipend of $250 per person. 

Dates and Application Deadlines

There are three summer 2018 Graduate Student Retreat sessions available: 

  • June 16 to 22
  • July 17 to 24
  • July 25 to August 1

The deadline for nominations and application materials is Monday, May 21, 2018

To submit a nomination, please prepare the following:

  • From the faculty nominator: A short letter testifying to the student’s responsibility and ability to live respectfully in a nature reserve.
  • From the student: A one-page narrative that describes the proposed project and outlines how that work relates to the mission of the Spring Creek Project (see below). A list of your preferred retreat dates.  

For More Information

Please visit our website at springcreek.oregonstate.edu and/or contact Shelley Stonebrook, Spring Creek Project program coordinator, at stonebsh@oregonstate.edu.

About Shotpouch Cabin

The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a lovely and comfortable glass-and-cedar retreat nestled in the Oregon Coast Range on a 40-acre nature reserve about 25 miles west of Corvallis. The house overlooks Shotpouch Creek, a tributary of the Marys River. From the cabin, miles of hiking trails climb into the forest- and fern-covered hills. The cabin is nicely furnished and has a well-equipped kitchen, electric heat, and telephone. There is no internet or cell phone service.  Students must be highly responsible and respectful of the values of the retreat and in a position to benefit from prolonged solitude and silence. The cabin and land are entirely smoke-free, and we cannot allow pets at the cabin. Students must provide their own transportation to the cabin. 

About the Spring Creek Project  

The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.  Dedicated to creating conversations among creative writers, philosophers, and environmental scientists, both in and out of the academy, we work to nurture collaborations among people with various ways of seeing, understanding, and expressing the relation between humans and the rest of the natural world.  

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