“Writing From the Heart”: A Summer Retreat in Medieval 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 From the Heart.” As most of us know, emotional truth is the path to good writing — and to a good life. During this five-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 Wild: A Workshop Safari in South Africa

Royal Couple 2 with logoI’m delighted to announce Writing Wild: A Sacred Journey with the White Lions of Timbavati, which will take place from April 9 – 17, 2016 in Limpopo, South Africa. This nine day workshop safari for writers of all levels, offers a unique opportunity to commune with the magnificent, magical White Lions of Timbavati as you explore your wilderness voice laid bare against this vibrant landscape. To witness these majestic cats in their natural indigenous habitat, living and roaming freely in safety, is a rare and privileged experience. The smells of the land, the ancient magic, the magnificent animals, sunsets, foods, and sounds, the warmth of the locals – and the sense of returning to Mother Earth – are ideal companions for a deep work and transformative writing. Click here for more information and the full itinerary which includes visits to Kruger National Park, local villages and the Blyde River Canyon and Kadishi Tufa waterfall. Please contact us with any questions.

“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.

“When You’re Falling, Dive” in San Jose

IMG_2841The “When You’re Falling, Dive” workshop in San Jose was wonderful! We focused on principles of resilience and survival taken from the book, and what a powerful, inspiring group of writers and seekers this was.  “Survivors are more urgently rooted in life than the rest of us,” as Terence des Pres wrote.  “Their will to survive is one with the thrust of life itself, as stubborn as the upsurge of spring.”  Thank you for reminding me why I wrote WYFD.  Hope to see you again soon!