The Philly Pigeon believes that taking time to get out of the city, enjoy nature, experience new places and relax is an important part of building community and cultivating a sustainable creative practice. Each year, we take the top 4-5 poets from our grand slam finals on an all expenses paid artists retreat. Attendees then form the cast of our multidisciplinary poetry production.


Many retreats are inaccessible because they either cost too much money or acceptance is determined by gatekeepers. The Pigeon’s retreat is completely free and the majority of the participants are selected by the slam, which is judged by random members of the audience. There are sometimes opportunities for artists of other mediums to apply to attend the retreat without participating in the slam.  


During the retreat, participants enjoy healthy meals made by our retreat chef, and have free time/space to create, explore, play, or simply rest.


Each year our location alternates between Underhill, Vermont, where attendees can participate in writing, visual art, and movement workshops while surrounded by lush forests, and Treasure Beach, Jamaica, where poets can attend the Calabash Literary Festival while enjoying tropical bliss.

Our 2020 artists' retreat will be in Treasure Beach, Jamaica from May 27th to June 1st 2020.