Category Archives: Workshops

Writing to Awaken at the New York Open Center

I’m looking forward to my one-day workshop, Writing To Awaken: Memoir as a Spiritual Practice, at the New York Open Center on Sunday, April 28. I hope you can join me.

We will spend the day exploring personal stories as pathways to wisdom and self-encounter. When we learn to see the mythic dimension of our struggles, losses, triumphs, and transformations, we gain insight into our spiritual progress — the state of our soul — and what is asking for deeper attention. More info and registration.

Writing To Awaken in Italy 2019

I’m excited to announce that early registration is now open for Writing To Awaken: Bringing Your Creative Work to Life, from June 22-28, 2019 at Il Giardino della Luna, a stunning retreat center in the mountains of Lunigiana in northern Tuscany.

If you’d like to know more about this very special event, I’m hosting a live informational video conference to give an overview of the retreat and answer any questions you might have. This one-hour meeting will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 1 pm ET. Sign up here for the webinar here. See the retreat details here.

Writing about Intimacy and Self-Reliance at The Garrison Institute

imgresThis November, I’m leading a retreat at The Garrison Institute with my friend and collaborator, Dr. Maria SiroisIt’s called “Writing To Awaken: Exploring Loneliness, Self-Reliance, and Riddle of Human Relationship,” and takes place November 17-19. Garrison is a stunning venue on the Hudson River and I hope you’ll be able to join us!  Here’s a blog on the kind of work we’ll be doing. Click here for more information and registration.

“This Mortal Coil” on ABC Radio, Sydney

IMG_4568What a terrific conversation I had with Sarah MacDonald at ABC Radio in Sydney. Sarah is a media fixture down here, having had the top-rated interview show in the country, and has just debuted a new program called “This Mortal Coil.”  She’ll be doing in-depth, hour-long pieces on psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and the arts, and I was honored to be her first guest on the program. Lucky timing — being in Australia teaching this month. Listen to the interview here.

Omega Blue Spirit Retreat in Costa Rica

Blue Spirit ThumbnailWhat a great time I’ve been having as always at Omega Blue Spirit. Stephan Rechtschaffen has created a real life paradise for reflection and renewal, self-exploration, spiritual practice, and being in this superb tropic setting. Howler monkeys, baby turtles hatching on the beach, chartreuse colored birds in the trees. And teaching with old friends and admired colleagues, Roshi Joan Halifax, Joan Borysenko, Elena Brower — big souls all. I look forward to teaching this retreat every year. Next week, Australia. Peace.

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.