HYPATIA IN THE WOODS
Hypatia in the Woods' is situated south of Seattle, on Puget Sound, near Shelton, Washington, U.S.A. This 15 acre site with house and outbuildings has been donated to provide the Trust with a residential retreat and study centre for the use of its membership world-wide and especially those with interests in poetry, writing workshops, handprinting and small-press publishing. In 1999 Elspeth Pope generously put her house and grounds in trust, for the use in perpetuity of the Hypatia Trust.
A few miles south of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., the remodelling to form a writers' and artists' retreat, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, is now complete. Elspeth's house was built in dense woodland close to Puget Sound. The house was constructed without felling any trees, and all the wood used in its construction came from cedar and pines which had blown down over the years. It is completely surrounded by trees, and is a wonderfully peaceful place.
The other building on the site was built by Elspeth's late husband, Jim Holly, to use as a workshop and storehouse. It has now been converted into an ideal place for small workshops and conferences.
It was formally opened on 25th August 2007. It can also be used as a quiet retreat for women to contemplate scholarly or creative projects.
In memory of Jim it is called 'The Holly House'. Visit Hypatia In The Woods Facebook Page