Dwelling in the Forest

The Dwelling in the Forest workshop held in the Vermont forest where I live, is a way to actively engage in Dwelling, to develop awareness for the Forest that is alive with beauty and power.


Brief description

This workshop will be a moment for you to enter into a forest and let the forest be your teacher. The forest has many personalities, or selves. Brooks and beaver ponds and hemlock chapels and wetlands and birches and ashes and beeches and maples, and boulders, and seas of ferns. All waiting for you, to enter into love with each other.

Your primary work will be to listen, to be where called. To turn off the world out there, and sink into the forest’s vibrations. You will spend five days and nights immersed in the rhythms of the forest. There will be silence, the silence a forest offers – the brook’s gentle caress, the soft breeze in the tree canopy, the birds calling you home.

The group will primarily interact twice — at breakfast time, where I’ll present a few ways to form relationship with the forest, followed by discussion; and at dinner time, where you can share your stories from the day. This will expand your knowing the forest.

When you arrive, I’ll take you into the forest and let you find a place you’d like to make home while here.  Please bring all camping gear, including tent.

You will receive your copy of Learning to Love a Forest well before the workshop, and I’ll recommend a few other sources, such as Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimerer.

We’re offering this workshop in July as it’s the most bug-free season — black flies in May, deer flies in June, always mosquitos. These are not tenacious mosquitos, but do bring bug spray.

You’ll bring any means of recording your relationship that speaks to you, such as paper and pen (write, draw), camera, and watercolor paint and brush and paper. Please no electronic devises, although texting to loved ones is ok.

Please fill out the form below if you're interested in attending this workshop, and send any questions you might have.



  • The workshop will be held in dates TBC.
  • And will take place in the Vermont forest, where Bill and Beth's home sits.
  • The workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 people and has a cost of $500 (this includes the 5 day workshop, as well as all meals during your stay and a copy of Learning to Love a Forest + shipping and handling, sent to you upon completion of the registration form).
Registration is not currently open for this workshop. Please fill out the form below if you would like us to notify you when we open registration.


Dates TBC


5 days in the Vermont forest

Type of Event

In Person Workshop


(5 day workshop + all meals + book)

About Bill

Bill is a poet and an architect, who tells stories through space, form and words. He founded Helicon Works Architects, a unique architectural collaborative community, in 1989, based in Takoma Park, MD, where he lived with his family until 2019. Bill now lives at his wife's ancestral home in Vermont where he continues to practice architecture and enjoy the forest.