September 24th – 26th
The $300 fee covers the cost of the program and is paid during registration online. Please see the registration page for further details about housing costs, which may be paid at any time up to arrival on-site.
About The Program
Check out Clark Strand’s free recorded online program, Whatever You Can Get Away With In 17 Syllables: An Introduction to Haiku, and his article The Strange Humor of Haiku.
Autumn begins officially on Wednesday, September 22nd in the northern hemisphere, just as the first light starts to appear in the sky. For thousands of years, humans have marked the autumnal equinox as the beginning of the harvest season—a time when people gather to celebrate the bounty of the Earth and their closeness with family and friends.
A red maple leaf
fallen vein-side up: the wind
has told its fortune
Haiku are tiny poems with BIG messages—as big as the planet itself. No other form of poetry expresses our connection to Nature as fully as haiku. At 17 syllables, haiku are the shortest poems in world literature. Written by millions of people worldwide in almost every language, haiku is the most popular poetic form in the world today.
An accomplished master of the haiku form, Clark Strand has been writing poetry for fifty years and teaching haiku for thirty. Whether you have already created haiku on your own, and would like to learn from a master, or you are new to the form altogether, this Autumn weekend offers the opportunity to work intensively in a small community dedicated to learning the art of haiku. This is how Japanese haiku poets have traditionally learned their craft. Haiku are written in groups, shared in groups, and it is in such groups that poets find their own unique poetic voice.
4-6 pm EST Registration
6 pm EST Hors d’oeuvres
7pm EST Dinner
8:15- 10:00 pm EST Friday night, first session
Our workshop begins on Friday night by covering the basics of haiku: its form, its seasonal subject matter, and that little spark of wit or insight that is essential to every good poem. By the end of the evening, participants will be ready to write haiku of their own.
8:00 am EST Breakfast
9:15 am -12:15pm EST Saturday, second session
Saturday begins with a discussion of the different ways of “finding” a haiku. This will be followed by a period of outdoor writing time. The morning session concludes with participants sharing their haiku with the group, receiving positive feedback about the poems that worked.
12:30 pm EST Lunch
3:15-6:15 pm EST Saturday, third session
The afternoon repeats this pattern, but with a difference. Now we will be learning how to use “season words” in our haiku. Following the writing period, each poet will read the poems they liked the best from this exercise, and we will use these to explore what makes a good seasonal poem.
6:30 pm EST Dinner
7:45-10pm EST Saturday, fourth session
Our evening gathering takes the form of a Kukai, or traditional haiku meeting where participants submit their poems anonymously and vote on their favorites, stating briefly what they liked about each poem. This is how poets learn their craft in Japan.
8:00 am EST Breakfast
9:15am-12:45pm EST Sunday, fifth session
On Sunday, we will take a Ginko, or “haiku walk. Participants are invited to explore the beauty of the Rowe Campus, looking for signs of early autumn. We will then gather for a shorter, more impromptu Ku-kai meeting to bring the workshop to a close.
1-2pm EST Lunch and Departure
Meet the Presenter
A former Vice President of the Haiku Society of America, Clark is the author of books on poetry, spirituality, and ecology, including Seeds From A Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey and The Way Of The Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary, co-authored with his wife Perdita Finn. He teaches the popular group Weekly Haiku Challenges with Clark Strand on Facebook and writes the column “On Haiku” for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.