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Rhythms of Restoration and Renewal

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The world we knew has changed in profound ways, and each of us has been impacted in our own lives by new challenges to our well-being and livelihood. Many of us have experienced a sense of withdrawal from our customary communities; a sense of isolation from our families, loved ones, and friends; and perhaps even a sense of having lost touch with our own essential selves.

During this retreat, internationally acclaimed poet, mask maker, musician, and educator Will Clipman guides the way to artfully map your return to a calm and centered way of being in the world. Immerse yourself in the healthy energy and natural beauty of the ancient redwood forest; reawaken your sense of balance, harmony, and wholeness through music, poetry, and storytelling; and reclaim your innate powers of resiliency and growth.


With more than 60 albums under his belt, Will Clipman is a seven-time Grammy nominee, a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner and a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner. Learn more about this creative powerhouse.

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(Wesleyan University Press) and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. His writing has been honored with the Whiffen Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Margaret Sterling Award, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Poetry Fellowship and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award of Merit for Poetry. His poem “The Quiet Power” is the official Dedicatory Poem of the Tucson Main Library.

Will is also an accomplished mask maker and storyteller. His Myths & Masks performance and workshop combines his original mask art, mythopoetic storytelling and multicultural world music. Will has provided over 200 workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, full-length

Will Clipman began playing his father's drums and his mother's piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since mastered a pan-global palette of more than 100 percussion instruments as well as the traditional drum set. Will has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. In addition to his solo work, Will performs with R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton, among many other internationally acclaimed artists. Will's solo CD Pathfinder earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. His Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop provides a hands-on tour of world music rhythm and polyrhythm. A poet since the age of six, Will has published a book of his original poetry entitled Dog Light

artist-in-residencies and self-realization events to schools, art galleries, libraries, adult prisons, juvenile detention facilities, senior centers, hospitals, parks and recreation programs, retreat centers and more. His service to the community as an arts educator has been honored with the Arizona Commission on the Arts Decade of Distinguished Service Award and two Governor's Arts Award Nominations. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona.

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Experience the rhythms of restoration and renewal through a variety of practices and workshops with Will Clipman.

Resiliency and Growth: An Opening Ceremony
Rediscover connection and community as you gather among the redwoods to share the natural sound vibrations of the clay udu drum, gourd water drums, three-chambered ocarina, berimbau and other indigenous instruments handmade from elemental materials. Set your retreat intentions and establish a joyful tone for the experience. Bring your journal!
Rhythms of Nature
Rediscover your intuitive flow and re-integrate yourself with the natural order. Explore the connection between internal rhythms of heartbeat, breathing, sleeping, dreaming and waking with the external rhythms of sunrise and sunset, phases of the moon, tides, seasons, and patterns of plant and animal appearance and behavior. Bring your journal!
Rhythms of Music
Rediscover yourself as your own most expressive instrument. Explore your renewed harmony with the natural order in musical rhythm and polyrhythm, using Will’s pan-global palette of instruments, as well as body percussion and vocalization. No prior musical training or experience is required for this guided improvisation, just a willingness to create joyful sound. Bring your journal!
Rhythms of Language
Rediscover your unique creative voice by drawing from your personal well of imagination and life experience. Share “stories that no one else can tell” in a guided writing exercise that articulates your sense of purpose, and gives a road map for our continuing journey to restoration and renewal. Bring your journal!

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