I’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.
We 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.
Join 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.
What 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.
I 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.
It 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.