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The Wild Insight Series

Looking for some creative inspiration? Wanting to learn more about a topic before joining a retreat? Explore our Wild Insights Series that includes 60-minute Zoom sessions and podcast interviews that provide a glimpse into our instructors’ creative processes, as well as an overview of their upcoming experience.

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Heidi Zimmer: When Nothing is Certain, Anything is Possible

Find out how Heidi came up with the idea of Wild Rice Retreat, how she stepped out of her comfort zone to follow her vision, and how she learned all the ins and outs of running a successful resort - even acting as the head chef for a couple weeks!

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From Dream to Reality: A Place for Us All to Take a Deep Breath, with Heidi Zimmer, Founder of Wild Rice Retreat

We invite you to listen in on this conversation with Lindsay Pinchuk host of the Dear FoundHer Podcast, and Heidi Zimmer, the founder and owner of Wild Rice Retreat.

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What Makes a Good Wellness Retreat (Ft. Wild Rice Retreat)

We invite you to listen in on this conversation with Jeana Anderson Cohen host of the aSweatLife Podcast, and Heidi Zimmer, the founder and owner of Wild Rice Retreat.

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WILD INSIGHTS: Nourishing Creativity in Everyday Life With Douglas Beasley & Jenna Erickson

Join us March 30, 2022 at 7 pm, CST for a 60 minute zoom event with photographer Douglas Beasley & Jenna Erickson for a creative conversation focused on nourishing creativity in everyday life.  Douglas is internationally recognized for his work that explores the spiritual and emotional aspects of people and place, with a focus on how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life.  He leads workshops at art and cultural centers all over the world and will be teaching at Wild Rice Retreat, June 26-July 1, 2022

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Wild Insights: Creative Conversations with Eileen Muldoon & Olaf Willoughby

Are you looking for some creative inspiration? Do you have a desire to learn more about Eileen Muldoon and Olaf Willoughby’s upcoming June 5-9, 2022 Guided Photography Retreat at Wild Rice Retreat? Join us on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 11 am CST (12 pm EST, and 9 am PST) for Wild Insights: Creative Conversation with internationally recognized photographers Eileen Muldoon and Olaf Willoughby.

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THE ART OF LIVING WELL PODCAST | Episode 107 | From Dream To Reality: Immersing in Nature to Heal the Mind, Body & Soul with Wild Rice Retreat Founder Heidi Zimmer

We invite you to listen in on this conversation with Stephanie May Potter & Marnie Dachis Marmet with The Art of Living Well Podcast, and Heidi Zimmer, the founder and owner of Wild Rice Retreat. 

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Food Memoir with Gina Rae La Cerva: Student work

Earlier this spring we hosted Gina Rae La Cerva while she taught a Live Virtual Food Memoir Writing Retreat April 8-May 6, 2021.

Every Thursday Gina Rae and her group met to discuss the delicious, delightful and nourishing subject of food while they explored their inner worlds through personal essays.

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Inaugural artist in Residence at Wild Rice Retreat: Joshua Cunningham

Creating safe and authentic space for our creative communities to heal, restore and rejuvenate is a critical part of Wild Rice Retreat’s commitment to becoming a vibrant and contributing member of the arts and well-being community. As Maya Angelou reminds us, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. 

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Say thank you say I'm sorry by Jericho Brown

This content was originally published via the NY Times on June 15, 2020. The Pulitzer Prize -winning poet, Jericho Brown writes for the Book Review about life during the pandemic.

Jericho Brown will be leading a live virtual workshop in conjunction with Wild Rice Retreat this summer. Please see his workshop details here “Writing the Duplex” on July 10, 2021 from 2-4 pm. We hope you can join us.

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Warmth: Insights from photographer Eddie Soloway

Eddie Soloway is a photographer, teacher, and storyteller committed to opening our eyes to the natural world. He has taught photography and creativity for leading photographic institutions and schools around the world.

We are so excited to host Eddie at Wild Rice Retreat for his A Natural Eye Photography Retreat, June 27-July 1, 2021. 

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Q & A with Lorraine Glessner

Lorraine Glessner is a Philadelphia based encaustic artist who uses the landscape as inspiration for her layered paintings that combine pattern, mark making and color to gorgeous effect. Lorraine is a gifted educator who teaches workshops all over the United States. 

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Fling into Spring: Ayurveda Tips + Tools for Wellness by Tanya Boigenzahn

Tanya is an international yoga teacher and retreat leader, is the founder of Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness, and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner, and Reiki Master with an emphasis in Tantra, Sri Vidya, Buddhism, and Somatic healing. Her transformative work helps guide others to experience the sacred, and remind them of their true nature to explore their paths with faith and skill.

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Ten things I have learned…. by Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California.  Best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography.

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Why write about food? by Gina Rae La Cerva

Why Write About Food?

I love to write about food because when we write about food we are really writing about everything else. Food cannot be isolated from the whole system. When we write about food, we are actually writing about our past, our present, and our future.

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Nourishing creativity in everyday life by Douglas Beasley

Douglas Beasley will be returning to teach at Wild Rice Retreat this spring. His Emotional Landscape Retreat, June 20-24, 2021 will focus on how to make a deeper, more authentic connection to your chosen subject, and then expressing that through your photography.

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Q & A with Kay Rashka

Kay will coming to Wild Rice Retreat July 18-22, 2021 to teach her Metalwork Jewelry Bootcamp which is a is a self-paced, instructor guided workshop in which students challenge themselves to step out of their ‘Metal working skills’ comfort zone.