Shakespeare without Tears

Winter 2019 Book Retreat • January 19-24 • Lochsa Lodge, ID
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Contact Becky directly at (208) 791-8721 or with any questions at any time or to make your reservation.

Frame your mind to mirth and
merriment which bars a thousand harms
and lengthens life.
— Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare without Tears

Join us for a peaceful humanities retreat in the heart of Lewis & Clark’s Bitterroot Mountains. Enjoy good food, fine wine, a magical landscape, snug cabins, great books, and the kinds of conversations you always dream about when you read. Clay S. Jenkinson is a master conversationalist, facilitator, and storyteller, and he looks forward to these days of playful but serious discussion for the full year.

Bring your friends. Make new ones. Rest, read, sip, meditate, converse, confess, and argue in the best sense of the term. Soak in the hot springs.

The Flower portrait of William Shakespeare, c. 1820-40. Public domain from Wikimedia Commons.

Four Plays in Four Days: OthelloHenry IVMacbethAnthony and Cleopatra. We will spend each day exploring the language, the imagery, the historical background, and the meaning of these four plays. There will be extensive use of video clips from productions of the plays, to show how different directors have handled key scenes. To understand the dynamics of the Elizabethan stage we will begin by watching together the extraordinary Globe Theater production of Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance as Olivia.

We'll do some reader's theater along the way, study as many as a dozen sonnets, and discuss a few key scenes from HamletKing Lear, and Merchant of Venice, too.

The way to prepare is to read all the plays listed, watch at least one film version of each, and read Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: The World as Stage.

Tour Price & Information

January 19-24, 2019 • All-Inclusive • 5 Nights at $1,995

Your retreat begins and ends in Missoula, Montana. Your package includes a professional tour director, discussions led by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson, recreation equipment if necessary, all activities, lodging, meals, transportation, journals, gifts, state and local taxes, USFS fees, and hotel and restaurant gratuities. Airfare is not included. A $400 non-refundable deposit will secure your reservation. Please read our Terms & Conditions carefully. Contact Becky with your questions. Price is per-person based on double occupancy. Traveling single? No problem. We can easily match you with a roommate. Please inquire about our single supplemental fee if you would prefer a cabin of your own.

Becky Cawley • telephone: (208) 791-8721 •

2019 Winter Retreat Terms and Conditions

Deposits and Payments

A deposit of $400 per person will reserve the tour of your choice. Full payment is due in our office at least 75 days prior to departure. Your $400 deposit is refundable untilOctober 1, 2017.

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

We highly recommend you purchase Travel Insurance to protect you if for some reason you must cancel your reservation. You will receive your full refund less your deposit up to 75 days prior to the tour, a 50% refund if you cancel within 75 days prior to the event, minus any additional hotel or supplier expenses, which cannot be recovered by Odyssey Tours. No refunds in the last 30 days prior to tour departure. Full refund is always available if you can find a replacement traveler.

Travel Insurance

Highly Recommended. If you are interested in purchasing this coverage, please notify the travel insurance company at the time of your initial payment. Insurance purchased at a later date excludes pre-existing conditions. Travel Insurance information can be obtained from your local travel agency or by contacting our office.

Tour Cancellation

ODYSSEY Tours does not like to cancel tours. In the event a tour must be canceled due to insufficient participation, or other circumstances, we will be to refund all monies paid to us.

Participation Courtesy

We ask there be no audio or video taping of presentations without the prior consent of the individual presenters. Participants are requested to refrain from smoking inside all modes of transportation, during group meals, and lectures or events.

Itinerary or Program Modifications

The itinerary, as contained in this packet of information, is subject to modifications and change by ODYSSEY Tours. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent.


ODYSSEY Tours acts only as the agent in making arrangements for the owner or operators of such transportation, accommodations, services or facilities engaged in our tours. Our responsibility is limited to that of an agent. We accept no responsibility for accidents, injuries, property damage or personal loss to you or to those traveling with you in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other travel or outfitter and guide services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences or conditions beyond our control, including but not limited to acts of terrorism, defects in vehicles, breakdown in equipment, strikes or theft.

We reserve the right to make changes in the tour where deemed advisable and for the comfort and well-being of the participants. We reserve the right to foreclose your participation at any time if your actions impose upon or disturb the other members of the program.

Clay's Shakespeare Journal