Life is a Verb Camp

is presented with Artist and Author

 Mary Anne Radmacher in 2016

Nov 3-6, 2016

At Kanuga Conference Center near Asheville NC

Our Camp Theme for 2016 is “A Way Forward”

Life is a Verb Camp 2016



June 23-26, 2016, on Whidbey Island. Facilitated by authors and artists Mary Anne Radmacher and Patti Digh, this four-day retreat will transform your work in the world. Go here for detailed information.
January 22-27, 2017, off the coast of Georgia. Start 2017 in the right place with the right people. The Second Annual Writing into Healing and Discernment retreat is a wholehearted look at how writing can heal us and make clear our choices. Go here for additional information.


Hard Conversations:

An Introduction to Racism


Online Readings, Live Conversations,

and Interviews about Racism

NEXT SESSION: March 15 – April 20

 Facilitated by Authors and Social Justice Activists,

Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis,

featured in the groundbreaking film,

“The Color of Fear.”


Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism


Art of Activism

37 Days of Activism

 Learn how to take action against divisive hate, racism, and other -isms.

 NEXT SESSION: January 20, 2017 – February 25, 2017

You were shocked by the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election, and the aftermath of racial violence.

You didn’t know this kind of racism still existed in the U.S.

You don’t know whether to wear a safety pin to show you’re an ally, or not.

People are shaming you for not knowing, not acting, not doing the right things.

It’s all confusing and heart-sickening. But your heart is in the right place, and you need encouragement and ideas, not shame. You need to educate yourself, and quickly. You need to learn what right helpfulness is, and how to take action that will be effective and useful.

This 37-day online course is created to provide one action per day that you can accomplish, learn from, invite others to do, in order to fight for social justice in an administration whose appointments thus far look far from inclusive. It’s time to take action. Now we can see what we’re up against in the fight for human rights for all, and we cannot remain complacent or believe that someone else will do the heavy lifting.

Starting on January 20, you’ll receive one email per day with suggested actions for that day. Each day will have two activities: 1) Learning; and 2) Doing.

You’ll have the opportunity to respond to the prompts in an online classroom, where everyone in the course can share thoughts, suggestions, additional actions, and more.

The cost is $1 per day, for a total of $37.00. This will help cover the administration of the course, its development, and the software needed to host the course.

It’s time to take action. You wanted to know what role you would have played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? Now’s your time to find out.

37 Days of Activism



The Stuff of Memoir

It’s time to tell those stories.



You have stories that are begging to be written down. You want to leave stories of who you most deeply are behind. You have objects around you, imbued with a meaning only you know.

The Stuff of Memoir


Leaping into Leap Year:

What’s Your Leap?

NEXT SESSION: April 21-30


You have a change you want to make in your life. You either know what that change is, or you don’t, but feel something new and different is needed. Perhaps you’re in a pattern or rut that feels inescapable. Maybe you just need more excitement in your life, and less drama. In comes Leap year. Every four years. It’s a time to leap, to jump, to spread your wings and fly.  Life sometimes change calls for a revolution, a leap. It’s the difference between first order change and second order change (we’ll explore that difference in this class so you are clear about it). In this 10-day intensively short course, we’ll name our Leaps, explore the patterns we need to change to make our Leap, learn about change itself, and set ourselves up for success, not failure. Excuses will be transformed into fuel for change, rather than remain reasons why not.

Leaping into Leap Year



Hard Conversations Book Club

Get your eyes opened wide in 2018

We are in need of hard, vital, enriching, and connecting conversations about -isms of all kinds. This monthly book club provides an avenue for reading and thinking in community about hard topics such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, classism, and all the ways in which we “other” people. We will dive deep and have open, honest, and safe dialogue to seek greater understanding of issues with which we may have limited experience. We will emerge changed in significant, enriching ways.