River Writing & Sculpting Journey 2017
Santa Clara Pueblo Artist Roxanne Swentzell Returns to the River!
Celebrating 20 years of River Journeys for Women!


This special 20th anniversary trip explores writing and sculpting as complementary forms of creative expression, and celebrates the return to the river of renowned sculptor, Roxanne Swentzell as Page’s featured guest. During this six-day trip, Roxanne will guide us in sculpting with our hands, using river clay and materials gathered from the land, and Page will guide us in sculpting with words.

Whether you journal or write professionally, are an established artist or a collector of Roxanne’s work, the natural world unleashes powerful creative energy. The women who participate in these trips have diversified backgrounds; some are experienced writers and artists, many are not. Some have rafted before, many have not. But all share the desire for a creative adventure in the wilderness with other women. We've purposely selected this later trip date in order to synchronize the river's more relaxed, late-season rhythm with the slower pace of the creative journey.

More about Roxanne Swentzell

Roxanne Swentzell is a world-renowned clay sculptor from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico.  Recognition for her award-winning art began when she was in her early twenties, and include the 2016 Heard Museum’s Spirit of the Heard Award, Best of Sculpture Award and Market’s Creative Excellence Award in Sculpture at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and a New Mexico Living Treasure Award. Her sculptures are widely exhibited in such places as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  Permanent installations include Cartier in Paris, Santa Fe Convention Center in New Mexico, Museum of Wellington in New Zealand, and the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.  Her figures represent a full range of emotions and irrepressible moods, and focus on interpretative female portraits attempting to bring back the balance of power between the male and female inherently recognized in her own Pueblo culture.


Sample of clay pieces by river trip guests


Roxanne Swentzell, Winner of Living Treasure Award

More about Our River Writing Journey

Outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions, everything river-trip related for this women-only adventure is provided—professional women guides, oar boats, tents, sleeping bags, and fresh healthy meals. The guides do all the cooking, and row the rafts. Float past the stunning geological features and cultural history of Canyonlands National Park, capturing insights and reflections in your journals. Swim in the Colorado River's warm waters or have fun paddling inflatable kayaks in the moderate rapids. Each evening at camp, beneath a desert sky full of heavenly stars, we’ll join Page and Roxanne for inspiring conversations. Campsites on beautiful beaches along the riverbank are remote so we carry with us all the comforts we'll need for our stay in the natural world. Every camp is pristine with only a few footprints of birds, animals or other travelers who pass this way.

“Thank you so very, very much for introducing us to The River and Roxanne and Rose … it was truly a life-changing experience.” Fran Elliott, Arizona, 2008 River Writing & Sculpting

“Roxanne has had an amazing impact on my life. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and spend time with her and Rose on the raft trip.  It was indeed, a time I hold dear to my heart. Thanks for making in all possible. Page.” Sue Habakuk, New Mexico, 2008 River Writing & Sculpting

“I can still remember and feel the bliss of floating along the river and being embraced by the canyon walls. It was a trip of a lifetime.” Carol Noones, New Mexico, 2009 River Writing & Sculpting

“Page, thank YOU for another truly magnificent journey! I cannot thank you enough for making the river trip so memorable and for the opportunity to participate in something so amazing.” Stefanie Goebel, California, 2010 River Writing & Sculpting


Note from Page: My special friend Roxanne is my guest on this six-day journey and though we will be interacting with clay and words the entire time, this is not a workshop.  It is about the gifts of inspiration and rejuvenation that we share with each other and that come to us like the river—in quiet waves that wash the outer world away and let us see more deeply into the heart of our own creativity.


Invite a friend! No previous writing, sculpting, or rafting experience required.




Join the Adventure

When: Monday, August 28 – Saturday, September 2, 2017
Orientation and no-host dinner, 5pm Sunday, August 27

Where: Colorado River, Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon, Utah. The trip starts and ends in Moab.

How long: Six days, Five nights

Itinerary: Each day on the river with Roxanne and Page, and the profession SGE women guides, will unfold organically. This sample itinerary may change due to weather, water level, camp availability, and unexpected opportunities.

What's Included: All the comforts! Sleeping tents, cushy Paco pads, and sleeping bags, all meals on the river (with abundant fresh foods, snacks, cold beverages, and Dutch-oven desserts), and guided hikes. Page will provide water resistant journals and pouches.  We’ll gather most of our sculpting materials from the gifts brought to us by the river and canyon!

Cost: $2150 includes exciting jet boat ride to the Grotto, six days on professionally guided oar boats through Canyonlands, scenic return flight from Lake Powell, over Canyonlands, back to Moab. (Guide gratuity optional but the SGE guides are so extraordinary, you’ll want to take them home with you!)

Deposit: $300 deposit needed to hold your space. Click on JOIN THE ADVENTURE to register online (using PayPal) or by mail (send a check).

Leaders: Page Lambert, creative facilitator, SGE’s amazing women guides, and Page’s featured guest, renowned sculptor Roxanne Swentzell.

Outfitter: Since 1971, Sheri Griffith  Expeditions has been the premier whitewater rafting outfitter in Moab, Utah.  Adventure with a Touch of Class!

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"The trip exceeded anything I could have planned for, but then, a heroine must give up all expectations and any sense of control, surrendering to what befalls her. She must trust her instincts and the gifts she has been given.  I'm so grateful that we embarked on our heroic journey together.  I still wake at night and listen for the river, missing it and that vast and deep (and eventful) sky we got to watch through the nights.  I will never forget the beauty and power of the river or all of your open hearts and ready laughs.” - Ellen McLaughlin, Actor and Playwright, New York, Featured Guest 2014

“Page, on the plane for Tulsa—thanks beyond thanks for the opportunity.” -- Joy Harjo, Oklahoma, Crazy Brave River Writing Journey 2013


Page’s river journeys with Sheri Griffith Expeditions were featured in Oprah’s O magazine in 2006 as, “One of the top six great, all-girl getaways of the year!”


For more trip details:

Phone Sheri Griffith Expeditions (800) 332-2439, or go to http://www.griffithexp.com/trips/women-only-colorado-river-5days.htm
or email info@griffithexp.com
Want to talk with Page in person?  Phone (303) 842-7360.


10% discount if you've
rafted with SGRE before.

Visit Roxanne's web site!

Roxanne Swentzell Tower Gallery
78 Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506
P: (505) 455-3037