WHO WE ARE
Carolyn Defrin is an artist across theatre, dance, music, video and literature. Originally from the US, she has lived and worked in Chicago, Greece and currently London where she is pursuing a PhD around the value of art for vulnerable communities. In Chicago, Carolyn helped found the acclaimed House Theatre, where she collaborated on over 20 world premiere productions and directed their community outreach programs. She also taught and worked with Chicago’s Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and Redmoon Theatres and has written several short stories and poems for children and families with her writing partner, John Francisco. In London she is currently developing a community film project about art, inspiration and housing development.
AMANDA LEIGH LICHTENSTEIN
Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein is a poet, writer and educator from Chicago, IL USA. Her poetry, travel essays and creative nonfiction pieces have been published by Proximity, Hypertext, Fortunate Traveler, AramcoWorld, Punch Drunk Press, Another Chicago Magazine, Selamta, Contrary, Mambo, Addis Rumbles, The Moth Magazine (Ireland), Konundrum, Wicked Alice, Horseless Press, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. In 2010 she founded Maneno: Stone Town Poetry Night and later established Maneno Express, an online community promoting literary life in East Africa. Amanda has spent many years leading and devising programs and projects to promote the written and spoken word in the USA & East Africa. She currently edits for Global Voices online and is working on a book of personal essays on faith, relationships, place and belonging.
WHO YOU ARE
You are an aspiring writer ages 21+ at any point on your path. While no writing experience is necessary, we hope you'll come with the intention to write and an interest in sparking, rekindling or continuing a writing practice. While no performance experience is necessary either, please be open to exploring alternative approaches to writing. We welcome you to bring works in progress, but we'll focus on generating & sharing new work.
We commit to building a community of trust, respect and mutual care for each other's well-being throughout the workshop & retreat. Each of us will be mindful of co-creating an atmosphere of peace, unity, respect and love for ourselves and those around us.
GETTING TO & FROM ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is an archipelago located off the Indian Ocean coast of Tanzania and is a part of the United Republic of Tanzania. The main airport is Dar es Salaam with daily flights and ferry service available to Unguja, Zanzibar (the main island). You can also fly directly to and from Zanzibar on select airlines. You will likely need a visa if you're traveling from outside the continent. For full information, check here. All travel arrangements to / from Zanzibar including all travel research and arrangements before or after the workshop dates are up to participants.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Please mention any food allergies or special needs upon registration. Everyone should be responsible for their own travel / health insurance while on the retreat and secure all recommended shots and vaccines before traveling. Unfortunately, Mustapha's Place is not completely wheelchair accessible, but we will try to do everything possible to make it work and we encourage anyone to get in touch with questions on accessibility. Bwejuu is a safe, peaceful and quiet fishing village. Please be mindful of Islamic culture and customs so as not to draw unwanted attention. Like anywhere, be aware and responsible for your own possessions at all times.
WEATHER / CLOTHING / PACKING
Zanzibar is a tropical island and temperatures in January will likely be in the highs of 85 and lows of 75, with humidity and intense sunshine! It's a good idea to bring loose, modest clothing that covers your arms and legs to help prevent mosquito bites. Scarves, sunscreen, mosquito repellant and hats are a good idea, as are flip flops and open-toed shoes. Think tropical heat during the day and cool breezes at night.
MATERIALS / SUPPLIES / TECH
Please bring your own writing materials and supplies. If you prefer to write with a laptop, make sure to bring all necessary chargers, plugs, cords & adapters fitting with Tanzanian outlets. While internet and electricity are available, it's not reliable. Bring a good book! #Unplug #Unwind #Offline
By registering for this workshop, you agree to allow facilitators to document our process through photo, audio & video images. We will use these images to promote the workshop experience primarily on social media. We ask that participants who also promote the workshop experience on social media references the workshop name and uses a shared hashtag TBD.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY
*Advanced registration is now closed. Bookings made any time between December 19-January 15 will depend on room availability and require FULL PAYMENT to confirm the booking and all payments are now non-refundable or transferable.
Between October 1-December 18, a 50% nonrefundable deposit is due upon registration paid via PayPal: paypal.me/travelfarnow (Amanda Lichtenstein / Chicago, IL). Select the 'Friends & Family' option. The balance must be paid no later than December 18, 2017.
Until December 18, 2017, balance will be refunded, excluding 15% administrative fee and nonrefundable deposit.
0-15 days prior to the retreat date, all payments are not refundable and not transferable.
'No-Shows' are responsible for the full price of the workshop and payments made are not refundable or transferable.
In the event that the workshop cancels, you will be refunded in full and informed immediately, no later than 30 days before the workshop starts.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Extra Food or Drinks off the Regular Menu
Writing Materials (notebooks, pens, paper, etc.)
Travel Costs to & from Zanzibar, Tanzania
Visa / Passport / Airport Tax Fees
WIFI in the Rooms or Guaranteed WIFI in Lounge
Air-Conditioning (None Available)
Medications / Repellants / Sunscreen
Health Insurance / First Aid Supplies
Travel Arrangements Beyond the Workshop
Childcare / Babysitting
SWAHILI COAST WONDERS*
Diving, Kitesurfing, Snorkeling, Bike Rentals, Sailing
Spa Treatments (henna, hair-braiding, massage)
Tours of Bwejuu / Stone Town
*Arranged directly with Mustapha's Place at an additional cost