The following description is contingent upon allowable travel and health and safety guidelines in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Word -to-Action writing retreat will be a (1) weeklong poetry experience where poets and students will have the opportunity to workshop together new or existing work centred around the theme, climate action.  All poets are experienced and will support beginning students.  Days will be flexible enough to accommodate plenty of hiking (right out the front door), swimming, or contemplating in quiet alpine surroundings.  Cathy Wittmeyer will be your host for the week.

When: October 11-18 on Eschenerberg, in Eschen, Liechtenstein at Cathy’s spacious guest quarters. 

Tuition: because this is an event to promote individual climate action, poets and students need only provide their own transportation: poets will stay overnight, and local students will arrive daily.  Includes daily workshop, video workshops, scheduled readings, 3 meals per day for lodgers and lunch and dinner for students. Poets are expected to support the students and to perform at a matinee spoken word event on the 18th.

​Lodging: 6 poets will share three private rooms with full bath in each and amazing view.  All rooms share a private kitchen and living space.  Individual desk space will be provided. WiFi is available as well as a printer.  

Meals: meals will follow a holistic seasonal and local plan that is gluten and lactose free with specific preferences accommodated as much as possible.

Travel: participants should arrange their travel to Buchs, CH via Feldkirch, Austria or Zurich, CH.  Travel to the house from there will be organized by the host.

Format: Part workshop, part residency and part adventure, the Word-to-Action retreat provides a relaxed atmosphere to prepare for an exceptional performance on the final day.  The audience will be asked to take a carbon footprint survey and return the results for tabulation.  In this way, Word-to-Action will measure the impact of words on the public.  

If you would like to join the 2020 Word-to-Action retreat, please contact your host at