Events

River Writing is for everyone and we welcome you to the table! You don't have to identify as a writer to enjoy a friendly circle of support. If the $40 tuition presents a barrier to your participation, please request sliding scale. If you'd like to dive in a bit deeper, consider joining a multi-week series. Click here to see our series schedule.

 

27
Jan
2023

Meditate on Behalf of Great Salt Lake

01-27-2023 7:00 am - 03-04-2023 7:25 am
Free with Registration

Join us online during the 2023 Vigil for a daily meditation dedicated to Great Salt Lake and the surrounding watershed as well as imperiled water bodies across the planet.

Come for as many days as you can from wherever you are. Keep your own vigil by joining us for a day or two, once a week, or throughout the whole session. You can register any day before March 4th. Sign up before 6pm, we'll have the link to you before our next morning's meditation.

From January 16th- March 4th, we will sit in silence together daily after brief invitation.
7:00- 7:25 am MST via Zoom. Door to the Zoom room will close every morning at 7:05 MST. You can join belatedly by sitting in silence knowing that others are sitting with you in community.

Meanwhile, please enjoy watching this warm-hearted invitation and orientation from Erin Geesaman Rabke of Embodiment Matters who is one of our guides.

28
Jan
2023

Guided Hike on Antelope Island with Utah Master Naturalist Lara Chho: 1/28/23

01-28-2023 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Free with Registration.
Guided Hike on Antelope Island with Utah Master Naturalist Lara Chho: 1/28/23

"We gather to bear witness to her beauty.
We gather to grow our tenderness towards brine shrimp,
microbialites, and winged citizens of the air.
We gather to carry each other through spells of despair.
We gather to revere all that is vital and alive." 

-Nan Seymour

Invitation from Lara: "My walks are geared towards those who seek to become more familiar with the Lake and Antelope Island, and aim to connect participants with a deeper sense of place in the larger frame of the watershed, culture and ecology of this unique ecosystem. We'll talk about the island and lakes' marvelous cast of characters spanning from brine shrimp to bison. We will also touch on some of the big picture issues and potential solutions our beloved and imperiled water body is currently facing."

Lara is a naturalist and watershed educator with Wasatch Mountain Institute  and believes deeply in the power of connection to place as a catalyst for healing both self and community. 

Walks are limited to 12 participants.

Free with registration. State park entrance fee of $15 still applies.Meeting at Lakeside Loop Trailhead at White Rocks Campground at 11am.Bring layers, water & snacks and binoculars if you have them! We will finish up at the same location around 1pm. Dogs on leash are permitted

28
Jan
2023

Writing to Witness Great Salt Lake on Antelope Island: 1/28/23

01-28-2023 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
$40 (Sliding Scale)
Writing to Witness Great Salt Lake on Antelope Island: 1/28/23

Saturday, January 28th 2-4pm
Meeting Live at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center
($15 Park Entrance Fee per Vehicle)
Limited to 16 Participants (16+) 
Masks required.
Co-Facilitated by Amy & Nan

28
Jan
2023

Circlesongs at the Lake with Carl Rabke

01-28-2023 4:30 pm -6:00 pm
Free with Registration.
Circlesongs at the Lake with Carl Rabke

In praise, in prayer, in lament we will offer our voices to Great Salt Lake together. You are welcome if you love to sing or if you are terrified of singing with others. All voices are welcome! We will begin with some gentle movement practices and vocal and rhythm warm-up games to help free our uncontrived, authentic voices, and then we will create songs together. Weaving our voices in a tapestry of spontaneous, never been heard before harmonies and rhythms- listening and singing, grieving and praising. 

Carl Rabke is an embodiment mentor, somatic naturalist and a tender of soul and living culture. He believes we all have natural movement, vocal, and rhythmic intelligence, and he loves to hold a space of connection, play and learning for people to remember those capacities. Carl also co-hosts the the Embodiment Matters podcast with his beloved wife, Erin Geesaman Rabke.

Meeting at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center Amphitheater.
Event is free with registration.
$15 per vehicle entry fee for the park still applies.
Wear very warm clothes. (We recommend mittens instead of gloves + a hat)
Bring a blanket and a camp chair.

30
Jan
2023

Writing to Lawmakers on Behalf of Great Salt Lake!

01-30-2023 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
Free!
Writing to Lawmakers on Behalf of Great Salt Lake!

Derek Kitchen, former City Council Member, former Utah State Senator, and lake-loving citizen, and poet Nan Seymour will host this gathering on Zoom to provide support for writing to lawmakers on behalf of Great Salt Lake. Done is better than perfect and we'll help you get it done. Let's flood the Utah State Legislature and Governor's office with love for the lake!

Please join us Monday, January 30th from 6:00-7:00pm MST on Zoom.

Invite your friends. Registration will close on Monday, 1/30 at 3:00pm MST. You'll receive a Zoom link an hour before our meeting.

Everyone Welcome!

04
Feb
2023

Walk to the Water with Lake-Loving Scientist Jaimi Butler: 2/4/23

02-04-2023 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Free with Registration
Walk to the Water with Lake-Loving Scientist Jaimi Butler: 2/4/23

Led by scientist Jaimi Butler.
Free with registration. State park entrance fee of $15 still applies.
Meeting at Ladyfinger Point at 11am.
Bring layers, water & snacks and binoculars if you have them!
We will finish up at the same location around 1pm. Dogs on leash are permitted.

04
Feb
2023

Community Conversation on Witnessing Great Salt Lake with Utah Humanities

02-04-2023 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
Free with Registration.
Community Conversation on Witnessing Great Salt Lake with Utah Humanities

Join Utah Humanities for the launch of a new Conversation-in-a-Box, "Witnessing the Great Salt Lake" 

Facilitated by Caitlin McDonald of Utah Humanities and Nan Seymour of River Writing, this conversation will allow participants to articulate their experiences of the Great Salt Lake and learn more about the urgent need to keep the lake from drying up.

The Conversation-in-a-Box is an opportunity for anyone in Utah to plan and facilitate a meaningful discussion in their own community. After our conversation launch, you will be able to request a box of your own, which includes a toolkit of instructions, discussion questions, and curated collection of tangible objects related to the Great Salt Lake. 

04
Feb
2023

Drumming into the Sunset

02-04-2023 5:00 pm -6:30 pm
Free with Registration.
Drumming into the Sunset

Saturday, February 4th at 5pm- 6:30
Join us for a sunset drum circle with Nels from Drum Utah
Live at Antelope Island State Park Visitor's Center Amphitheater
All ages welcome! Outside, please dress warmly. Mittens and hats recommended.
Free with Registration ( $15 State Park fee still applies)

11
Feb
2023

A Conversation on Kinship, Restoration, and Repair with Darren Parry: Part One

02-11-2023 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Free
A Conversation on Kinship, Restoration, and Repair with Darren Parry: Part One

Great Salt Lake: Inseparable from Bear River

Darren Parry, former Chairman of the Northwest Band and the Shoshone Nation, and Great Salt Lake-loving scientist Jaimi Butler will engage a community conversation about Bear River’s essential relationship to the vitality of the lake. Darren and Jaimi are both residents of Cache Valley, deeply connected with the life of Bear River, their neighbors, and local farms. 

When: Saturday, February 11th, 11am-1pm MST

Where: Steep Mountain Farm in Wellsville, Utah. (When you register, you will receive an email with an exact address and directions.)

Free with registration. Please make an offering to restoration at Boa Ogai.

*Registration coming soon*

Darren is the author of The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History. We highly recommend that participants read Darren’s book beforehand if possible to inform and enliven our conversations. 

11
Feb
2023

Writing from the Rivers to the Sea: 2/11/23

02-11-2023 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
$40 (Sliding Scale)
Writing from the Rivers to the Sea: 2/11/23

Saturday, February 11th from 2-4pm MST
Meeting on Zoom, Join us from anywhere!
The life of Great Salt Lake is inseparable from the lives of her tributaries. Our writing prompts will lead us to explore the sentient, intelligent lives of the Bear, Weber, and Jordan Rivers while paying homage to rivers everywhere.
Limited to 16 Participants (16+)
Co-Facilitated by Amy & Nan