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Eastern Sierra News for June 25, 2024





Press release

MONO COUNTY, Calif. – The June Lake Loop Performing Arts Association will present a provocative and inspiring writing, songwriting and storytelling retreat this fall in California’s gorgeous Eastern Sierra with some of America’s most important literary and musical talent.

Photo courtesy of Mono County.

Photo courtesy of Mono County.

Designed for the curious, as well as the serious, about writing memoir, poetry, storytelling and songwriting, the Inspired by Nature Writer’s Retreat will host a variety of creative activities and workshops from Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 in June Lake, Calif.

Join award-winning author Mindy Netiffee and iconic songwriter/storyteller Mark Turnbull, who will be leading workshops on Saturday, Oct. 15. Accomplished writer, performer, and storyteller, Mindy Netiffee, has performed and taught in over 500 colleges and venues around the U.S. and Europe.

Mark Turnbull is a playwright, Grammy Award–nominated songwriter and a Drama-Logue-winning musical director, whose one-man show, “Mark Turnbull and Friends: A One-Man Show,” was named best solo show in 1994 by the Los Angeles Times.

The talent they bring, combined with the beautiful scenery and what should be perfect timing for peak fall colors around the June Lake Loop, should have creative juice flowing for all who attend.

A meet and greet at the Heidelberg Inn in June Lake will kick things off on Friday night, and breakfast on Saturday morning at the Double Eagle Resort and Spa will fuel attendees for a fantastic day featuring the writers workshop hosted by Mindy Netiffee and a songwriter-storyteller’s circle by Mark Turnbull.

The event wraps up Sunday morning with a post-script breakfast at the locals’ favorite coffee shop Trout Town Joe.

Guests are welcome to attend one or all of the scheduled activities. Registration for the entire event, including all activities and Saturday’s meals, is only $200.

Individual event costs range anywhere from a suggested $10 donation for the salon, $20 for the songwriter’s circle, and $150 for Mindy Nettiffee’s workshop and picnic lunch only. Scholarships are also available.

For more information on the Inspired by Nature Retreat, to see the full schedule, and register, please visit or contact

For information on planning your trip to Mono County, please visit or call 800-845-7922.


About Mono County:  Located approximately 315 miles north of Los Angeles, and 280 miles east of San Francisco, Mono County accesses the east entrance to Yosemite National Park and beckons visitors in all seasons. Whether taking advantage of convenient direct flights on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) or arriving by car on the all-weather US Highway 395, the Eastern Sierra’s vast playground is an easily reached destination. US Highway 395, which traverses Mono County from north to south, is a State-designated Scenic Byway that offers motorists tremendous vistas right from the steering wheel and countless side-roads, hiking trails, lakes, and roadside villages to explore.  For more information or to request guides, visit or call 800-845-7922.