Category Archives: Workshops

Writing To Awaken at Hollyhock

DSC02220It was a pleasure to return to Hollyhock this summer to teach Writing To Awaken. This year’s group was inspiring and wonderful, as was Cortes Island itself. This small island off the coast of British Columbia is home to a fascinating community of artists, seekers, and cultural icon who spend time in this exquisite, peaceful place. One night, Rupert Sheldrake, the famed biologist and author, was interviewed by a well-known priest on the subject of “Pilgrimage in Contemporary Life.” Another day, our friends Chloe Goodchild (“The Naked Voice”) and Oriane Lee Johnston invited us on a boat trip on the beautiful sailboat, Misty Isles. Hollyhock is a superb location to do deep writing and I look forward to returning against next August.

Writing To Awaken at Hollyhock

hollyhockI can’t wait to return to Hollyhock in August for WRITING TO AWAKEN: Memoir As A Path of Transformation. Cortes Island is one of my favorite places and Hollyhock is a unique center for learning and creative exploration. The retreat will give me a chance to spend a good deal of one on one time with students in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Have a look at this video about Hollyhock to get more acquainted. I hope to see you there!

London Calling – Alternatives and Watkins Books

Alternatives LogoI’m looking forward to my upcoming events in London and hope I might see you at one of them. I’m honored to return to St. James Church as part of Alternatives’ Speakers Series. On Monday, May 23, I’ll be presenting, The Negativity Bias: Why Human Beings Are Born To Say No. St. James’s Church is such a historic place (William Blake was christened there) and I love the energy in this beautiful church. On Friday, May 27, I’ll be reading and signing at Watkins Books for the first time (another venerable London institution) and on May 29, I’m offering an day-long workshop for Alternatives, Writing To Awaken: Overcoming the Fear of Freedom. Last year’s daylong workshop in the parlor room overlooking Hyde Park was one of my favorites and it will be great to be there again. I hope to see you while I’m there! Visit my calendar for more details.

Writing To Awaken With Contemplative Journal

contemplative journalI’m delighted to be partnering with Contemplative Journal to teach Writing To Awaken starting on February 29. 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.

Writing To Awaken: The Story of Your Life – A Week-Long 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 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.  

“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.