RETREAT AND Explore your creativity 2022!

Network with other writers and work together in a more personal setting than a conference setting? Perhaps a writing retreat is just what you need. The glamorous and mysterious country of Ireland is the setting for this year’s vacation for creatives organized by Vertikal Creative Ventures. Register now for 2022!

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“Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.”

– Seamus Heaney


We invite you to take time out to experience the landscape, art, people and story that has captivated so many. Retreat with a small group of writers & poets in Tullamore, County Offaly Ireland.  This retreat is about more than sitting in a classroom its being among people seeking space, rest, challenge and clarity for the next steps in your writing life.  This retreat will be facilitated by North Carolina, U.S.A. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton-Green. Embrace this journey and go on an inner person experience that might last a lifetime.


Discover Unlimited Beauty

Retreat facilitator

Jaki Shelton-Green, Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Jaki Shelton Green is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate.  Governor Copper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.”


Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Visiting Professor for the Carlow University MFA Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer-in-Residence, Duke University Teaching for Equity Fellow, Taller Portobelo Artist Colony in Portobelo Panama, University of Panama, Department of Cultural Resources for Brazil, North Carolina Turkish Association, Alhambra Cultural Center in Marrakech Morocco, NC Symphony,  NC African America Cultural Heritage Commission.

She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Ventures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland.

Awards include Orange County Baha’i 2019 Light of Unity Award, 2019 NC Humanities Council Caldwell Award, 2019 American Academy of Poets Laureate Fellowship, 2018 Tar Heel of the Year Finalist2018 Indies Arts Award, 2018 NC Literary and Historical Association R. Hunt Parker Award, 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Award, 2017-2018 Duke University Faculty Travel Grants, 2017 Certification of Teacher Excellence presented by the Kingdom of Morocco Ministry of National Education, 2016 Kathryn H. Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014 Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2010 Fine Arts Emerald Award (Raleigh LINKS), 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointment, 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina, 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature (the highest award the state can bestow for significant contributions in science, literature, fine arts, and public service), 2003 North Caroliniana Society induction. Jaki Shelton Green is the recipient of two NC Emerging Artist Grants, the African American Writer’s Collective Distinction Award, NC Writers Network Blumenthal Award2002 Omega Iota Finer Womanhood Award (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority) Delta Arts Award (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority)

Jaki Shelton Green is the author of eight collections of poetry: Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, published by Carolina Wren Press and Blair Publishers. Her other publications; Feeding the Light, I Want to Undie You are published by Jacar Press. Her poetry has been published in over eighty national and international anthologies and featured in magazines such as Essence and Ms. Magazine.


Tentative Intinerary May 26th through June 6th.  Please note Room Accomondations may change.  Next payment Installment should be in December 2021 with last payment being March 1st 2022.  Many of our changes are due to changes in Ireland since Pandemic.

May 26th, Thursday


May 27th, Friday


Travel To Tullmore

Lunch Stop on way from Dublin

Hotel Registration get Settled

Open Space Time


May 28th Saturday


Creative Salon “Journey Exercise”

Tour & Lunch – Charleville Castle

Explore Tullamore

Tullamore Dew

Dinner in Tullamore


May 29th, Sunday


Creative Salon “Building Our Human Museums”

Sunday Lunch – To Be Announced

Creative Salon “Building Our Human Museums”

Open Space Time

Private Consultations with Jaki

Community Potluck – To Be Announce

Community Share – Building Our Human Museums


May 30 st, Monday


Day Excursion to Dublin

Lunch & Dinner in Dublin


May 31st, Tuesday


Open Space Time

Lunch –  Your Choice

Open Space Time

Dinner – Thoor Ballylee -To Be Announced

June 1st, Wednesday


Day Excursion to Galway

Lunch & Dinner in Galway 

June 2nd, Thursday


Open Space Time

Private Consultations With Jaki

Picnic Lunch – Charleville or Clonmacnoise

Writing Alone Together Open Space at Charleville Castle

Open Space time

Private Consultations with Jaki

Dinner in Tullamore

Pub Crawl

June 3rd, Friday


Excursion – To Be Announced

Return to Tullamore Court

Community Potluck

An Evening of Music and Words

June 4th, Saturday


“Writing in Liminal Spaces” Creative Salon

Lunch at the Brewery Tap, High Street

Open Space Time

Celebration of Creativity and Community Sharing

June 5th Sunday

Early Departure to Dublin Airport

June 6th, Monday


Exclusive Offer  – $2499.99  SPACE LIMITEd


May 26th, 2022- June 6th, 2022


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Workshop at Charleville Castle

Fortis ~ Cadere ~ Cedere ~ Non ~ Portis

Charleville Castle which grew from paper doodles in early 1798 to grandiose plans by the end of that very eventful year in Ireland. Will be just one of our retreat workshop locations.  It was built by Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville and was designed by Francis Johnston, one of the leading architects of the day. Charleville Castle is said to be the finest example of gothic-revival architecture in the country. This is a veritable gothic castle of grand proportions. It owes its “Tin Soldier Fortress” look to the celebration of victory over the third French revolutionary expedition to Ireland.  Tour the land and find places to embrace your writing journey.

A Look AT day trips around irelAND! 

Cozy pubs, welcoming locals and green landscapes as far as the eye can see—experience everything the Emerald Isle has to offer on a tour of Ireland.

Ireland is beloved worldwide as an enchanting land where legend and reality mingle. At one point voted by Frommers Guide readers as their favorite holiday destination in the world, it’s now your turn to discover the mystique and charm of the Emerald Isle.

2022 Retreat Sponsors

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Vertikal Alliance International

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