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Blue Ridge YMCAYMCA Blue Ridge Assembly on Black Mountain
in the scenic mountains outside of Asheville, NC
April 23-26, 2015

Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing

The retreat center is a full-service conference center situated on 1200 acres of woodland beautified by mountain streams, wildflowers, ridges, valleys and spectacular views. This mountain vista lends itself to poetry, story, and NAPT'S quest for enhanced well being, self-reflection, personal and professional growth.




We are currently accepting proposals for regular workshops for next year's conference in April. Our regular workshops should be 90 minutes in length, so plan your workshops accordingly. If you think that your work and experience may contribute to the professional growth, education or training of our participants and tie in to this year's theme, please submit a proposal. We will be offering CEU's for attending the conference workshops.

blue ridgePlease download and fill out the proposal form below and send it as soon as possible before the deadline. Also, please feel free to pass on the information about our conference to friends and colleagues who may be interested in attending or submitting a proposal on how writing, journaling, poetry, or any of the healing arts could tie into our theme.

Please email all proposals to: (email preferred) OR mail to:

Barbara Kreisberg, CPT
Vice President of Conferences, NAPT
7800 SW 133 Terrace
Miami, FL 33156

We are very excited about the main events in place for the conference next year.

NAPT Highlights at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly:

We welcome you to our conference in April and have the following key events in place so far:

  • Thursday night Welcoming Event: "Poetry Alive" - an energetic and inspirational opening event using high-energy and interactive Performance Poetry

  • Friday morning: Keynote Speaker – Caryn Miriam-Goldberg, respected American poet, writer, founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, honored as the third Kansas Poet Laureate (2009–2013)

  • Saturday morning: Keynote Poet Laura Hope-Gill, admired and esteemed Essayist, Poet, Teacher, Narrator, Storyteller, Director of the Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies in Asheville, NC

  • Saturday afternoon: Laura will offer one hour interactive workshop after lunch on Saturday

  • Saturday afternoon: Celebratory Event with innovative Christey Carwile, Ph.D, professor of anthropology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, who will facilitate a meaningful movement circle as the closing for our group using creative dance, spontaneous poetry, and community building movement exercises.

Registration Information and Conference Cost

We are in the process of developing our conference program and are welcoming incoming proposals for review at the present time.  We do however, have some of our main events in place.  For your convenience and for planning purposes, we are able to post pricing only at this time. Registration will not be open until mid-December when the conference program, travel and lodging information will be available on our website. Contact Barbara Kreisberg, V.P. Conferences at  for registration questions.

Classification Before March 1, 2015 (early bird) After March 1, 2015

Full Registration
NAPT Member

$275 (check)
$285 (online or credit card)

$325 (check)
$335 (online or credit card)

Full Registration
Non-NAPT Member

$310 (check)
$320 (online or credit card)

$360 (check)
$370 (online or credit card)

Full Registration - Full-time Student/Senior/Retiree
NAPT Member

$215 (check)
$225 (online or credit card)

$265 (check)
$275 (online or credit card)

Full Registration - Full-time Student/Senior/Retiree
Non-NAPT Member

$250 (check)
$260 (online or credit card)

$290 (check)
$310 (online or credit card)

Single Day
Friday OR Saturday

$160 (check)
$170 (online or credit card)

$180 (check)
$190 (online or credit card)

Wed, April 22 Pre Conference I Day Trip - Member

$75 (check)
$85 (online or credit card)

$85 (check)
$95 (online or credit card)

Wed, April 22 Pre Conference I Day Trip Non-Member

$85 (check)
$95 (online or credit card)

$95 (check)
$105 (online or credit card)

Thurs, April  23 Pre Conference II

$50 (check)
$60 (online or credit card)

$60 (check)
$70 (online or credit card)

Thurs, April 23 Pre Conference II

$60 (check)
$70 (online or credit card)

$70 (check)
$80 (online or credit card)

Thurs April 23  Pre Conference III

$50 (check)
$60 (online or credit card)

$60 (check)
$70  (online or credit card)

Thurs April 23 Pre Conference III

$60 (check)
$70 (online or credit card)

$70 (check)
$80  (online or credit card)

Morning Triple Workshop
Member (Note:  This workshop  meets on Fri, Sat, and Sun mornings)

$75 (check)
$85 (online or credit card)

$85 (check)
$95 (online or credit card)

Morning Triple Workshop
Non-Member (Note:  This workshop meets on Fri, Sat, and Sun mornings)

$85 (check)
$95 (online or credit card)

$95 (check)
$105 (online or credit card)

***Saturday April 25 Keynote Poet,  and afternoon workshop keynote workshop ONLY

$35 (check)
$45 (online or credit card)

$45 (check)
$55 (online or credit card)

Making Your Reservations for Lodging and Meals

The  YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly conference rate includes three meals per day, beginning Thursday at dinner, April 23, and running through Sunday, April 26 lunch.    *** No refunds after 3/20/15.***   If you plan to come earlier for a pre-conference or stay later, there will be extra fees.  (see below) 

Below is for your information only. Contact the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly directly at where you will reserve your lodging and meals.

Three Night Stay :
Arrival Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM, Checking out Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 AM
First Meal Supper, April 23, 2015, Last Meal Lunch April 26, 2015 

Total nights 3
Total Meals 9

Single Room: $234 Per Person for entire stay and meals
Double Room: $189 Per Person for entire stay and meals

Individual Room Rates (does not include meals):
Single Room per night $50
Double Room per night $70

Commuter Fee: 
If not staying at the YMCA, OR if you wish to only attend the Laura Hope-Gill morning Keynote and workshop after lunch on Saturday, April 25th, the following is the daily cost of meals:
Breakfast $9, Lunch $11, Supper $15

Airport Information
There are three airports to choose from.  See name of airport and driving distance from YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly on Black Mountain below:

  • Asheville Regional Airport - approximately 35 miles
  • Greenville SC - approximately 53 miles
  • Charlotte-Douglas International - approximately 113 miles

Shuttle Service from Asheville Regional Airport and other airports

GrandyCo Airport Transportation
Asheville, NC 28801

Contact Joe Tandy at least ONE WEEK or more ahead of time to make your reservation.  **If you call ahead of time, Joe will attempt to group people together to get the $25 per person one way far instead of the single $45 one way fare. At the airport, look for a sign that says “NAPT” to meet your van. Phone #:  1-828-691-0504 or Email:


NAPT Book Sale Information

At our last conference at the Franciscan Renewal Center this past April we held a Book Sale where many wonderful books of poems, poetry therapy and journal therapy resources as well as other creative works by our authors were displayed. We will be having another Book Sale next year at annual NAPT conference at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly near Asheville, N.C. from April 23-26, 2015.

If you would like to showcase your book and/or any other item that relates to writing reflectively, please let us know.

Book sale hours will be extended and we will have change available. NO CREDIT CARDS will be accepted.

If you are interested in selling your books at the conference please send an email to me at by October 15th. We need the following information:

Author's Name:

Title of Book:

Cost of Book (rounded to nearest dollar):

Number of books brought to the conference:

Volunteers will be working hard to ensure that the sale is successful. We ask that all authors contribute 15 % of their sales to NAPT.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Barbara Kreisberg, Vice President, Conferences


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St. Catherine



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