Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing


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 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly 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.


NAPT Highlights at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly:

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

Keynote Speaker: Caryn Miriam-Goldberg
On Friday morning, enjoy Keynote Speaker Caryn Miriam-Goldberg, respected American poet, novelist, non-fiction write, songwriter, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, honored as the third Kansas Poet Laureate (2009–2013)
Keynote Poet
: Laura Hope-Gill
On Saturday Morning, hear 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

On Saturday afternoon, Laura will offer a one hour interactive workshop after lunch.
Thursday night Welcoming Event:
“Poetry Alive” – an energetic and inspirational opening event using high-energy and interactive Performance Poetry

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.

***PRIOR to the annual National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference on APRIL 20-22, 2015, Peggy Osna Heller, PhD, LCSW, PTR and the Wordsworth Center will present “We Are Pilgrims”a professional training seminar for all practitioners of healing through the written word to be held at Blue Ridge Assembly Black Mountain, NC. This intensive is approved for peer credit training hours by the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. For more information about discounts and to register separately for this event go to:

Join our Silent Auction
On the Saturday of our conference, NAPT will be hosting it’s first Silent Auction! A wide array of items will be on display and by bidding on them, you will be showing your support of NAPT. If you are interested in donating books, instructional or documentary CDs or DVDs, original artwork, handmade crafts, or other items related to poetry, writing or other creative or therapeutic practices, please contact Karen vanMeenen at by April 1st. Note: donated items will need to be brought or shipped to the conference site and are tax deductible. We welcome your valuable contributions to this event!

NAPT Scholarships for Conference Registration
To encourage newcomers to our conference, we are offering up to four scholarships of $250 each to first time conference attendees. If you wish to apply, submit your name, e-mail, regular mailing address and major field of endeavor, along with a brief essay of no more than 500 words indicating your professional/educational links to poetry therapy and reasons for wishing to attend the NAPT conference. The deadline for applications is February 7th, 2015. If you have already registered you may still apply and if you are awarded the scholarship you will be reimbursed that amount. Applicants will be notified before March 1st of their acceptance. Please send all application letters to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at .

Registration Information and Conference Cost


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

Regular Hours: Mon—Sun Open 24 hours
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. You may also inquire about fees from the two other airports.

Shuttle Contact:

Phone #:  1-828-691-0504

Shuttle Cost:

  • $45 each way for one person
  • $25 per person each way for two or more people (let Joe know this is your first choice and he will let you know what time to meet the shuttle or van after your plane arrival)
  • Payment method: All major credit cards accepted


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 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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Barbara Kreisberg, Vice President of Conferences for more information at