Mino-Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life – A Writer’s Workshop

DATES: DECEMBER 8 – 11, 2024

PRICE: $949 | TUITION & LODGING

LOCATION: LAMAR BUFFALO RANCH

GROUP SIZE: 13

ACTIVITY LEVEL: 1

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Mino-bimaadiziwin is the Anishinaabe word for “the good life.” What does this mean for the Anishinaabe people, who have strived for it for millennia? It isn’t a label; it is a being, what English speakers might call a verb. At its simplest, it is living a life in balance with the world around us. A life of peace, a life in good physical, emotional, and spiritual health. As the late Anishinaabe elder and teacher Edward Benton-Banai said, “to live an Anishinaabe life is to live a life where ‘every footstep becomes a prayer’.” Every breath a prayer. Mino-bimaadiziwin is moving through life with this sense of spiritual connection to everyone.

What does it mean to the rest of us? How do we achieve this “good” life? What are our responsibilities to our communities and our relatives – human and non – along the way? Who do we look to so that we may find how it was done in the past, in ways we have maybe become disconnected from? To be in balance, at peace, and in good health, means that we must be in such state not just with ourselves, but with everyone around us. Is this even possible?

These are some of the questions students will discuss, and write about, during our time together in this writer’s workshop.

DAY 1

WELCOME & ORIENTATION

The program starts with an evening orientation. Participants will get to know one another and be introduced to the program. Throughout the evening, the itinerary and seminar key concepts will be discussed, as well as what to expect to pack for the field each day.

DAYS 2 – 4

Most days begin with an outing into the park to see if there are any more than human relatives about. We return for a discussion, followed by a break (which will often include something to read in the interim), followed by another discussion. Short writings will be part of the discussions, and there may be overnight writings assigned. We don’t adhere to any given schedule necessarily, but roughly this is how most days unfold.

DAY 5

CHECKOUT & DEPARTURE

Dates & Times: The program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2024, and goes through Wednesday, December 11, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Lodging Check-in & Check-out: Lodging check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2024, and lodging check-out is at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2024.

Meals: This course is not catered. Participants will need to bring their own food; lunch should be able to travel in the field.

Optional Airport Shuttle: We provide an optional airport shuttle for those interested. The shuttle service is provided on the first day of the program with a 1:00 p.m. pickup and the last day of the program with a departure from the Lamar Buffalo Ranch at 8:00 a.m.

1st Day of Program | Shuttle Pickup Location:  Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

1st Day of Program | Shuttle Drop off Location: Lamar Buffalo Ranch

Check-out Day | Shuttle Pickup Location: Lamar Buffalo Ranch

Check-out Day | Shuttle Departure Location: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

If you opt-in to the shuttle service, please ensure that your flight booking will allow for you to be picked up and dropped off during the above timeframes.

Whom to Contact: For any questions, concerns, or additional information please contact the following:

Program itinerary, health forms, payment, and general program questions please contact Yellowstone Forever at [email protected] or 406-848-2400 extension 3

Road updates, park conditions, and general park information please contact Yellowstone National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

If running late for a program, please contact 406-641-2185.

General Information: For general information about the facilities, preparation for classes, what to expect, cancellation policies, and more, please see the Lamar Buffalo Ranch – Winter General Information document.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 1

  • Be prepared for leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Most activities will take place at elevations between 7,200 to 8,000 feet. Participants residing at lower elevations may want to arrive a day early to adjust to the altitude.
  • To learn more about how specific medical conditions can be affected by Yellowstone’s environment and our activities, please visit our site page on health information.
  • All field activities will be conducted as a group. If members of the group cannot participate in the day’s activities, they need to let the educator know in advance.
  • To participate in this program, each participant must fill out and sign a health questionnaire and assumption of risk waiver. These forms must be completed and returned at least 30 days prior to the program start date.
  • Notebook or journal; something to write with; patience, curiosity, and kindness

TESTIMONIALS

“I feel as though the experience changed my life, thinking, and is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” – Marianne

“I loved having time to listen, share, read and write! I loved meeting Katie and Umber! I loved every minute of this experience!” – Jen, MT

“I am so grateful that I started attending sessions at the Institute so many years ago. Memories of a lifetime.” – Jean, WY

Whom to Contact: For any questions, concerns, or additional information please contact the following:

Program itinerary, health forms, payment, and general program questions please contact Yellowstone Forever at [email protected] or 406-848-2400 extension 3

Road updates, park conditions, and general park information please contact Yellowstone National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

If running late for a program, please contact 406-641-2185.

General Information: For general information about the facilities, preparation for classes, what to expect, cancellation policies, and more, please see the Lamar Buffalo Ranch – Winter General Information document.

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Chris La Tray | Montana Poet Laureate

Chris La Tray is a Métis storyteller, a descendent of the Pembina Band of the mighty Red River of the North and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. His third book, Becoming Little Shell: Returning Home to the Landless Indians of Montana, will be published by Milkweed Editions on August 20, 2024. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large won the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award. His book of haiku and haibun poetry, Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel, was published in 2021 by Foothills Publishing. Chris writes the weekly newsletter “An Irritable Métis” and lives near Frenchtown, Montana. He is the Montana Poet Laureate for 2023–2025.

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