I’m looking forward my next online class, “Origins in Memoir Writing: Legacy, Lineage, and Blood Relations,” beginning April 6. Each of us exists on a family tree, and cannot escape our heritage any more than an apple can deny the tree. What is the nature of your emotional and spiritual inheritance and how has it shaped who you are and informed your personal narrative? In this nine-week online class, you’ll learn how to incorporate family history into your memoir. Click here for more info & registration.
I’m delighted to announce the launch of TheSeekersForum.com, the website of the global online community and ongoing life course that I began in 2013. For the past two years, I’ve offered a free monthly teleconference on subjects concerned with how to live an awakened life. When our community grew around the world, it was time to create this multimedia platform with videos and podcasts, as well as the regular monthly talk. Visit TheSeekersForum.com for complete details on how to become a member. Share your journey.
I’m looking forward to the Woodstock Writer’s Festival on March 21. I’ll be on a panel with Gail Straub and Clark Strand, and we’ll be talking about “The Critical Role of the Dark in Life and in Spiritual Writing.” Should be a lively conversation! “In a dark time, the eye begins to see,” wrote poet Theodore Roethke. That has certainly been true in my life and work. To purchase tickets to this event, go to thewoodstockwriters.com.
What a great time we had volunteering at the ashram school in Madanapalle. Every day, 1,000 children from the surrounding villages arrived at the school and my job was to keep the little ones busy before classes started. One day, they’d want me to read them stories, the next day they’d sing songs or dance the Hokey Pokey. We tutored teachers, scrubbed classrooms, and taught the kids whatever they wanted to learn. An unforgettable couple of weeks.
I enjoyed doing this video interview with Zaya Benazzo in San Francisco. She asked me to talk about the difference between situation and story when writing memoir, and why it’s so important to connect the dots — to find the deep story — in order to touch on the universal. “If you go profoundly enough and truthfully enough into your deep experience it does become the human experience,” I told her. Situation is journalism, story has the beginnings of art. Watch the video here.
I’m looking forward to this year’s online classes, the first of which — “Writing As A Spiritual Practice” — begins on Feb. 16! These courses are divided into two, complementary groups, memoir writing and self-inquiry, and available individually or at special series rates. I love teaching these six- and nine-week courses, which attract students from around the world who are drawn to writing as a path of self-discovery and creative excellence. Have a look at this year’s exciting offerings. Hope to see you online soon!