Writing Mentor

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Violet DUtcher, PhD

Vi has a doctorate in Rhetoric & Composition, and is Writing Program Director and a professor of rhetoric and composition at Eastern Mennonite University, where she teaches writing and speech courses. While she enjoys dabbling in poetry and memoir writing, her passion is a book project that has roots in her family history: Exploring Old Order Amish women’s ways of knowing as identified in their writing. In addition to teaching and writing, Vi leads annual writing retreats and enjoys providing an environment and guidance for writing that others find inspiring. Vi will offer teaching and discussion of the writing process, as well as provide feedback on participants’ writing. 

Mindfulness Facilitator


Katie DUtcher, MA

Katie is a teacher and coach of mindfulness and meditation. Founder of Flourish & Bloom and Co-Founder of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, Katie is trained as a Qualified Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  Her teaching is practical, sensitive, and applicable, and she offers a presence that is calming, compassionate, and accepting. Katie revels in nature and enjoys reading, swimming, reflective writing, and taking photos. Katie will lead meditation, awareness walks, and gentle movement to support the creative process.


We Are Family


Vi is the matriarch, and Katie's her daughter. We have a lifelong history of getting along famously, working together seamlessly, and having a ball while we do it. From planning a wedding (Katie's!) to organizing every-day feasts and taking road trips, we love being together, and we know how to have a good time. We're excited to host you!