Imago House is home to the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing. It takes its name from the Latin word for ‘image,’ which makes sense for a house dedicated to creative writing retreats that nurture the imagination.
The natural historian Carl Linnaeus used the word ‘imago’ to denote the final stage of an insect’s existence. After the egg, the larval and the pupal stages, a butterfly is called the IMAGO because it is the IMAGE of that towards which the species aspires. The word ‘imago’ can be used of any animal that undergoes metamorphosis.
As you write about an experience, you change. Observation, memory, thought, emotion, the personal unconscious, the collective unconscious — in the cauldron of your imagination, these elements combine to create something new. You’re in a different state of awareness than before you wrote. You’re one notch closer to becoming who you aspire to be, as a writer and as a person.
Your readers metamorphose with you, since anyone who reads your story, poem, essay or book shares your process of transformation. As individuals change, the culture changes. Society moves closer to its imago state, which is why writers play such an important role in our world as it struggles to evolve.
Surrounded by Nature’s enduring beauty and wisdom, Imago House offers itself as a place where you can respond wholeheartedly to your passionate desire to write.