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Join us for a day of writing, learning, hiking, ceremonies, connecting with other like-minded people. Immersed in this tranquil environment, you will gather valuable knowledge from botanists, professional writers and artists, somatic movement practitioners, indigenous storytellers, and architects and be inspired to create.

Where: Como Orchards, Darby, Montana.

When: Saturday September 11, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

With a special presentation and potluck to follow.

$150.00 per person. Some scholarships available.


The Land

Como Orchards is a 250 acre ranch in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, the ancestral home of the Salish people. As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a community here for “noted savants” to connect to, and be inspired by, the land. A mix of cattle grazed prairie land, apple orchard, timber, and meadows, Como Orchards invites you to dangle your feet in a cool mountain stream and connect to the wild.

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9:30 a.m. soft opening, tea and coffee

10:00 a.m. Welcome - clearing, sharing names, discussion on writing and placemaking with leadership coach, speaker, and executive producer of Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films Bristol Baughan

10:30 a.m. Walk the land with botanist and University of Montana Professor Larry Hufford: "TITLE"

11:15 a.m. Writing and native plants with writer and Washington State University professor DJ Lee

12:30 p.m. Lunch, local organic Bitterroot Valley food from Homestead Organics Farm, Hamilton

1:30 p.m. Indigenous Storytelling and History TBA

2:30 p.m. Somatic Integration and Reflection with Bristol Baughan

3:00 p.m. Creative Placemaking activity with DJ Lee and collaborators

5:00 p.m. Reading, Sharing & Close


6:30 p.m. Potluck, Presentation and Q& "Frank Lloyd Wright in the Bitterroots (or other TITLE)" with Ayad Rhamani, Professor of Architecture at Washington State University / $20 suggested donation (60 min.) $100

register today copy

Reserve your spot here (link to pdf)

For more information, contact:

Bristol Baughan 


DJ Lee



Bristol Baughan

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DJ Lee

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Larry Hufford

Hufford bio.


Julian Ankney



Ayad Rhamani

Ayad bio.



If you are not local to the area, you can book in local accommodations through AirBnB Hamilton, or camp on the property for an extra $40.00 per night. Please bring your own tent. Unfurnished glamping tents available for you to rent for $50.00 per night.

Traveling to the Como Orchards:

Traveling to Como Orchards: Missoula International Airport

Driving (link to Google Maps)

What to Bring


What to Bring: water bottle, hat, walking shoes, pen, journal, and something vegetarian for the evening potluck if you are staying.



Local organic vegetarian lunch provided by Homestead Organic Farm. (link)

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