Retreats

La MaMa Umbria (2017) by Erik Champney

In August of 2017, I went to Italy for the first time. For three weeks, I roamed Spoleto with Glory Kadigan, underwent an intense experimental writing workshop with Erik Ehn, lived in the beautiful villa claimed and repurposed by La MaMa’s Queen, Ellen Stewart, slept in a hammock, prayed in a tiny chapel, laid down with other artists on a field of green to look up at the stars, saw weird Italian theatre, ate extraordinary food, explored Rome, entered the Sistine Chapel to see the hand of God, gazed at the coliseum, and was always in search of my next Coca-Cola. Thank you, Glory, for giving me Italy. Thank you, David Diamond for curating an experience I’ll never forget. And for the most awesome bedroom in the world.

La MaMa Umbria, Spoleto, Italy

La MaMa Umbria, Spoleto, Italy