Writing To Awaken With Contemplative Journal

contemplative journalI’m delighted to be partnering with Contemplative Journal to teach Writing To Awaken starting on February 22. In this four-week online course, I’ll guide students through a unique process of self-examination through writing that leads to personal insight, creative enrichment, and spiritual awakening. Whatever spiritual path you’re on, this course will equip you with a wide array of skills to help you use “writing to awaken.” I hope you can join us. Click here for more info & registrationClick here to watch a video introduction.

Omega Blue Spirit, Costa Rica Retreat

Photo on 1-18-16 at 7.50 AMNow I understand why people have been telling me — for as long as I can remember — how wonderful Costa Rica is!  I’m here teaching “Writing To Awaken” at Omega Blue Spirit, on the Nicoya Peninsula, and seeing that this country is even more amazing than I knew. The only sovereign nation in the Western hemisphere without a standing army, Costa Rica rates in the top tier for quality of life, education, ecological sustainability, and richness of flora and fauna worldwide. Blue Spirit, founded seven years ago by Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen, is a place of restoration, renewal, and learning in the heart of this gorgeous land.  I’m so glad to be here and the workshop is going beautifully.

Writing To Awaken: The Story of Your Life – A Six-Day Retreat in Southwestern France

DSC01824I can’t wait to return to Gindou, France, for our third annual retreat at Le Perchoir des Paons! This workshop is called Writing To Awaken: The Story of Your Life. As most of us know, emotional truth is the path to good writing — and to a good life. During this six-day writing retreat in the heart of Medieval France, we’ll use this magical landscape to inspire us to go deeper into the secrets of our own hearts and the precious stories that live thereWhether you hope to publish your work or not, this process of self-exploration through expressive writing has the power to change — and enlarge — your life, bringing insight, purpose, wisdom, and resilience.  I hope you can join us!  Click here for more info and registration.  

“Awakening Genius”: Online Class Starts November 16

Awakening GenuisJoin me for my final online class of 2015, Awakening Genius: An Exploration of Desire and The Creative Life, starting November 16.  Each of us is born with a unique gift, an authentic voice waiting to be heard. Regardless of the work we do – artist or housewife, bus driver or entrepreneur – this creative power is our genius. When we learn to tap into this personal source, transformations begin to occur in our lives.  I especially love teaching this end-of-year course, designed to inspire fresh ideas and projects for the year ahead. Take advantage of the early registration fee through November 2. Click here for more info and registration.

“Writing To Awaken” in New York City: October 24

Writing As A Spiritual PracticeOn October 24, I’ll be offering a one-day workshop, “Writing To Awaken,” in New York City. “Writing to Awaken” introduces students of all levels to expressive writing as a path of self-inquiry and personal transformation. “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.” This is a powerful practice that helps us gain insight into the true nature of our experience and the creative power at our disposal at every moment. I hope you can join me. Click here for info & registration. 

“The Nuts and Bolts of Memoir” begins September 7

Nuts & Bolts Image - no Personal e-Study Course“The Nuts and Bolts of Memoir” begins on September 7. This nine-week online course introduces students of all levels to the fundamentals of personal narrative.  How do we turn the raw materials of life into powerful, vivid stories? Where do we begin the memoir?  Where does it end? The nine lessons in this popular course guide students through the memoir writing process, step by step, with weekly feedback on assignments. Early registration ends 8/23.