Program Particulars + Schedule

Blue Doors is a 7-night-long poetry retreat located in Galaxidi, Greece. Each full day will include a morning lesson or talk by the visiting poet, at least one writing prompt/task, and an afternoon workshop. Participants will have ample time and space to draft, revise, and edit, as Blue Doors understands that the goal is to learn and produce work, to be inspired, and to receive quality feedback from fellow poets. In addition to the above schedule, there will be four evening readings, including a night where the participants have an opportunity to share their work before the retreat’s conclusion.

Cost: A nonrefundable “early bird” payment of $200.00 (by November 30, 2019) goes to hold the participant’s seat in the retreat; this fee will be used to pay for the retreat’s visiting poets and not the organizers/hosts or the Galaxa Mansion.

Please note:

  • This fee is separate from the cost of housing.
  • As of December 1, 2019, the cost increases to $400.00.

Poems for Workshop: One month before the retreat convenes (22 May 2020), participants are encouraged to submit 5 of their own poems to hosts, Chaun and Tara Ballard. Chaun and Tara will compile all participants’ work and distribute accordingly. Each participant will have these 5 poems workshopped by their fellow poets throughout the retreat.

Retreat Schedule:

Monday, June 22

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Poetry Lecture @ 10:00-11:30
  • Workshop @ 2:00-4:00
  • Group Dinner (Provided by Hosts) in Galaxidi @ 5:30
  • Poetry Reading: Aliki Barnstone @ 7:00

Tuesday, June 23

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Poetry Lecture @ 10:00-11:30
  • Workshop @ 2:00-4:00

Wednesday, June 24

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Poetry Lecture @ 10:00-11:30
  • Workshop @ 2:00-4:00
  • Poetry Reading: Chaun Ballard and Tara Ballard @ 7:00

Thursday, June 25

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Poetry Lecture @ 10:00-11:30
  • Workshop @ 2:00-4:00
  • Group Dinner in Galaxidi @ 5:30

Friday, June 26

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Poetry Lecture @ 10:00-11:30
  • Workshop @ 2:00-4:00
  • Poetry Reading: Retreat Participants @ 7:00

Saturday, June 27

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Galaxidi Poetry Outing to Delphi @ 10:30 – 4:00
  • Group Dinner in Galaxidi @ 5:30
  • Poetry Reading: Retreat Participants @ 7:00
Delphi, Greece

Sunday, June 28

  • Breakfast @ 8:00-9:30
  • Galaxidi Poetry Outing to Galaxidi Beaches or Nafpatkos @ 10:30 – 5:00
  • Group Dinner in Galaxidi @ 6:30
Nafpatkos, Greece

Meals: In an effort to keep program costs at a minimum for participants, meals will be purchased based on the participants’ personal preferences. Throughout the retreat, there will be daily breakfasts included at the Galaxa Mansion (for those who are staying there) and four group dinners at restaurants around the waterfront.

Breakfast at Galaxa Mansion, Galaxidi, Greece