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Sage Mountain Institute seeks to aid individuals on their spiritual journeys through the teaching of writing as a spiritual practice. Our retreats, workshops, and writing groups provide an environment where people can explore writing as a tool for self-knowledge, personal renewal, and spiritual growth.

Our Founders and Facilitators
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Amy Frykholm
Writer, Contemplative

Amy Frykholm is a writer and poet who has been teaching spiritual writing in interfaith environments for over a decade. She has led classes and workshops at the Kenyon Institute for Spirituality, St. Olaf College, Beth Evergreen Synagogue, and New Camoldoli Monastery. Amy's approach to writing encourages attention, encounter, and contemplation. Her books include Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography, Wild Woman, and The Hour of Light: Poems, among others. She is the host of In Search Of, a podcast for those who live as pilgrims to the everyday. You can learn more about Amy at

Melissa Earley
Pastor, Writer

Melissa has been a United Methodist pastor for 25 years. She served churches in the Chicago area until 2023 when she moved to Leadville to serve St. George Episcopal Mission. She made the move to create more space in her life for writing, hiking, and creativity. Her essays have been published in the Christian Century, Faith and Leadership, and Journeys with Jesus. She is also a Moth Story Slam winner. Melissa is finding in Leadville a new way to pastor that invites people to explore the sacred in themselves and in the created world. 

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