In June, a reporter and a photographer from the Daily Hampshire Gazette paid a visit to Wellspring as part of a feature on the retreat’s history and its exciting new chapter. “Ashfield’s Wellspring House might be one of the better-kept secrets in the Valley,” says reporter Steve Pfarrer. “But among a growing number of writers, particularly in the Northeast, this restored carriage house has been a popular retreat for 18 years, a place whose physical and aesthetic dynamic is designed to spark creativity.”
In the article, author Steve Almond calls Wellspring “idyllic,” and author Susannah Cahalan says, “There’s really a magical element, a creative energy, to that house . . . I found being there was so productive—I couldn’t have written my book without it.” Director Preston Browning talks about wife Ann’s vision for the place and reflects on how they started the retreat together. The piece also profiles new Writers-in-Residence, Jonathan Escoffery and Sarah Colwill-Brown.
Huge thanks to Steve, photographer Sarah Crosby, and the Gazette for featuring us.
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