Writing To Awaken in Australia

koala-226279_960_720I’m very excited to announce my teaching tour in Australia in February, 2017. I’ll be teaching two one-day master classes in Sydney (February 4) and Melbourne (February 11), as well as a four-day workshop, Writing To Awaken, at Welcome to The BIG House, a wonderful retreat center on the Sunshine Coast (February 23-26.) I haven’t been to Oz for many years and I’m looking forward to the chance to meet some new people and make some new friends. Below are the links for more info and registration.

Sydney – February 4: The Rex Centre
Melbourne – February 11: The Shambhala Centre
The Sunshine Coast – February 23-26: Welcome to The BIG House

Writing To Awaken at Omega Blue Spirit in Costa Rica

blue-spirit-viewI’m happy to be returning to the Omega Blue Spirit retreat center in Costa Rica in 2017.  I’ll be teaching “Writing To Awaken: Spiritual Memoir as a Healing Path” from January 7-14.  Located on the Pacific coast, Blue Spirit offers participants the opportunity to sample from the week’s courses as they choose, and I’m delighted to be teaching this year with Roshi Joan Halifax and Joan Borysenko among others. I hope to see you there!  Click here for more info and registration.

The New York Society For Ethical Culture

unnamedWe had a wonderful conversation the other night at The New York Society for Ethical Culture. Hosted by Shirley Moulton of The Academi of Life, the evening focused on six topics relevant to personal achievement (I talked about resilience) and featured five other terrific speakers, including Arianna Huffington’s sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Bisila Bokoko, Hakeem Rahim, Josh Mitteldorf, and Dr. Shafali Tsabary.

 

What Is Enough?: Indestructible Gratitude – Seekers Session

tsf-thumbnailJoin me this Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm EST for the Live Seekers Session Teleconference, What Is Enough?: Indestructible Gratitude. We’ll be talking about sufficiency and the cultivation of thankfulness. To recognize your inherent wholeness is the heart of spiritual practice. To feel gratitude for our precious lives, knowing that who you are is more than enough, is the bridge to an awakened life.

These monthly Seekers Sessions are the kickoff to each new program from The Seekers Forum, my community of fellow seekers and inquisitive minds interested in exploring spiritual and philosophical questions in a dogma-free atmosphere of self-inquiry, inspiration, and spiritual practice. It’s modeled after the sufi concept of sohbet, which is the spiritual talk of friends. Each program continues through the month with video lessons, a guest interview, and discussion prompts to promote dialog and further the conversation in The Forum, the online discussion room. Visit The Seekers Forum for more information and to become a member.

 

Sitting Down With Elizabeth Lesser

marrowWhat a wonderful book this is! Elizabeth Lesser is among our wisest and most human teachers. This is the love story between Elizabeth and her sister, Maggie, filled with insight, humor, and heart. Here’s my latest blog for Psychology Today on our conversation about her book and insights on the art of loving. Marrow is a must read.

Writing To Awaken at Esalen

DSC02222I had a great group at Esalen for this year’s Writing To Awaken Workshop. Forty-five participants in the brand new Aldous Huxley room above the newly refurbished main building, and what a group it was! The intimacy, trust, and mutual respect that can form among a group of total strangers in a weekend’s time never ceases to amaze me. Folks wrote on a variety of topics — “The Mother’s Gaze,” “Awakening Genius,” “Locating the Sacred in Everyday Life” — challenging subjects that helped them break new ground, psychologically and spiritually, sharing their writing and experiences with the larger group. Thanks everyone for your commitment, creativity, and courage! I hope that our paths cross again soon.