Mino-bimaadiziwin: The Good Life

Montana, United States

Jun 21 - Jun 26, 2024



CONTACT: Chandra Brown
PHONE: 4068808025
EMAIL: info@freeflowinstitute.com
WEBSITE: www.freeflowinstitute.com

A five-day float down the Main Salmon River, diving deep into what it means to live the Anishinaabe concept of a "good life," hosted by Métis writer and Montana's Poet Laureate, Chris La Tray.

Join Freeflow Institute and Chris La Tray for a 5-day workshop on the magnificent Main Salmon River, deep in the Idaho wilderness. Freeflow workshops provide space and tools for creative development in wild places for writers, artists, and leaders of all backgrounds.

As the late Anishinaabe elder and teacher Edward Benton-Banai said, to live an Anishinaabe life is to live a life where "every footstep becomes a prayer." Every breath a prayer. Mino-bimaadiziwin is moving through life with this sense of spiritual connection to everyone.

What does it mean to the rest of us? How do we achieve this "good" life? What are our responsibilities to our communities and our relatives – human and non – along the way? Who do we look to so that we may find how it was done in the past, in ways we have maybe become disconnected from? To be in balance, at peace, and in good health, means that we must be in such state not just with ourselves, but with everyone around us.

During our five days on the Salmon, we will build creative community, engage in generative discussion and writing exercises, and broaden our understanding of the concepts related to Mino-bimaadiziwin.

No prior writing, workshop, rafting, or camping experience is required. Everyone is welcome.


Featured Writers Include:

Chris La Tray, Montana's Poet Laureate + author of Becoming Little Shell

Chandra Brown, director + founder of Freeflow Institute


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


Montana, United States

Freeflow Institute

Freeflow Institute curates immersive outdoor learning experiences in Earth’s wildest classrooms – for all people, of all backgrounds. We help humans connect to places, to one another, and to the truest forms of their work and art.