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Drink the Wild Air 2020 – Cancelled

DateMarch 20-22, 2020 
PlaceNestor Lodge, Kamp Kiwanis in Bragg Creek
AgesThe retreat is for young writers ages 12-19.

Cost$215 (Price includes meals – Friday dinner to lunch on Sunday, overnight accommodations, classes and evening activities.)

Drink the Wild Air 2020 has been cancelled.

A Message from Colin Matty

Dear Friends of WordsWorth,

The best of the season to one and all! This is Colin Matty, Director of WordsWorth, with a timely announcement and thoughts of the new year.

Drink the Wild Air is our homage to the joys of WordsWorth proper in July, and this is your personal invitation to join us from March 20-22 out at Kamp Kiwanis for a weekend of community and creativity. We’ll explore the scenic woods as they dream of Spring’s imminent springing. We’ll sing songs by the fire, bathe in starlite, and get a few lungfuls of that rarefied air coming in off the Elbow River as it makes its way to Calgary.

Registration is now open, so ring the bells and bang the drums – When winter ends, spring will come! Until then, may your holiday season be filled with all things nourishing to the body, mind, and soul.

Good Health and Good Spirits,

Colin Matty
Director of WordsWorth

Cancellation Policy

Drink the Wild Air 2020 has been cancelled; the normal cancellation policy has been suspended and full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

If you cancel:You will receive:
On or before Feb. 21, 2020100% of the registration fees refunded
Feb. 22 – Mar. 21, 202050% of the registration fees refunded
After Mar. 21, 2020No refund.

The 2020 Team

Colin Matty (Camp Director) is a playwright, poet, performer, and enthusiast of wordplay in all its forms. He first began his journey with WordsWorth and the Writers’ Guild in 2011, and has since come to appreciate the incredible passion and power of the community of young writers it brings together. While not scheming ways to make the experiences at camp even more magical, Colin runs his best ideas through a typewriter and gives them to strangers on the street. (Photo Credit: Cory Johnn Photography)   








Sam Pelkey is a poet and lover of literature originally from Edson, Alberta. He enjoys reading, philosophy, rock climbing, and spending time with friends. Himself a former camper at the Writers’ Guild’s WordsWorth summer camp, Sam is excited to be a part of Drink the Wild Air in 2020. He has a degree in political science and will be graduating from the University of Alberta’s Education program next spring.

Course Intro – Poetry in the Wild

Many of history’s greatest artists have taken their inspiration from the natural world, often finding themselves fascinated by the immensity of our planet’s grand vistas or the detail imbued in its smallest parts. Poetry in the Wild will examine the connection between nature and poetry in particular, immersing students in some of the great works of nature poetry and (weather permitting) the beautiful wilderness of Kamp Kiwanis to inspire students in their own artistic expression.



Julia Seymour is a bilingual theatre artist, playwright, and artist educator from close enough to Edmonton. Her involvement as part of Wordsworth’s creative team began in 2010 so she is delighted to return to Wordsworth for Drink the Wild Air this year. Julia enjoys ice cream and going outside. When she’s not doing tha

2 Responses to Drink the Wild Air 2020 – Cancelled

  1. Jack Smart March 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

    Can you please tell me if this event is going ahead or being cancelled in response to the COVID-19 alerts and current situation of restricting attendance at public gatherings.

    • wgastaff March 16, 2020 at 11:48 am #

      Hello Jack, and thanks for your message.
      Drink the Wild Air was formally cancelled over the weekend and an announcement has gone out to all parents and participants. The WGA will be issuing full refunds to all participants, and we’ll be updating our website and social media with any new information about our programming as things develop.

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