2015 Yuki Teikei Asilomar Retreat

(Message from Amy Ostenso and Phillip Kennedy
Asilomar Conference Registration Coordinators)
Greeting Asilomar 2015 Participants:
This year, as part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we have a very special treat!
Our esteemed guest, Emiko Miyashita from Tokyo, will conduct a Traditional Kukai for us at Asilomar. We are asking each conference participant to submit 2 haiku for the Traditional Kukai. We also request that everyone please submit their haiku entries by Friday, October 16th, 2015, in advance of the conference, so that a typed list of everyone’s submissions is available for everyone to vote on at the retreat.
Please use the following guidelines for submitting your entries for the Traditional Kukai:
  • Send your entries via email to Mimi Ahern at Xmiami5@aol.com
  • As Subject, type Kukai 2015 and your name (i.e. Kukai 2015 [your name here])
  • In the email Body, type 2 haiku followed by your name beneath the 2nd haiku
  • Use Arial font, size 10 points
  • Entries are due by October 16th

During the retreat, we will also have a second, more informal kukai for haiku that we write during our stay at Asilomar. We look forward to seeing you at Asilomar!

2015 Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Retreat

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA

November 12 – 15, 2015 (Thursday – Sunday)

Each year the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society hosts a long weekend haiku poetry retreat at Asilomar Conference Center, located along a dramatic section of the Monterey California coastline.  The retreat is designed to inspire and nurture the creative spirit of haiku poets near and afar.  Guest speakers will offer insight into the process of writing haiku.  And the program is designed to allow ample time for attendees to wander and write in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  Opportunities are also available for poets to share their work and participate in renku.

The theme for our 2015 meeting is “The Art of Haiku:  What Issa Has to Teach Us”, a topic chosen by our very special guest speaker David Lanoue.   Mr. Lanoue is Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He is an Issa scholar and has written a number of books, including extensive translations of Issa’s poetry along with his own writings.  In addition to conducting a workshop on “How to Write like Issa,” he will give us a reading of his own work.

Other special presentations at this retreat will include: a traditional Kukai judged by our esteemed guest Emiko Miyashita from Tokyo, Japan;  a dress up renku party;  an artful performance; announcement of the winners of the 2015 Tokutomi Haiku Contest; and presentation of the 2015 YTHS Anthology.

We are very excited Professor David Lanoue has found time in his busy schedule to join us, and hope to see many of our haiku friends there.

Full conference fee + shared room (3/rm) + 9 meals
$ 475
Full conference fee + shared room (2/rm) + 9 meals
$ 535
Full conference fee + single room + 9 meals
$ 800
Conference fee only
$ 110

Deposit of $110 due by June 30.     Balance due by Sept 15.      Deadlines are firm. Registrations that include rooms are no longer being accepted. Registrations for Conference Only will be accepted through September 30.

Please mail the registration form below with your check
(made out to Yuki Teikei Haiku Society) to our retreat registrars:

               Amy Ostenso and Phillip Kennedy
               580 Irving Ave, Apt C
               Monterey, CA 93940

For further information, you can contact Amy at   amy.ostenso@cengage.com

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