Category Archives: Workshops

Writing to Awaken at the SAND Conference

I had a wonderful time presenting Writing To Awaken at the SAND Conference at Titignano Castle near Orvieto in Italy in July. What a location! Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, the founders of SAND, are excellent hosts and always produce a mind-bending event, where scientists join with spiritual and self-development teachers to create visionary programs. Where else can you learn from an quantum physicist in the morning and a non-dual master in the afternoon? Check out the next conference this October in San Jose.

Writing to Awaken in Italy

This year’s writing retreat in Italy was among the best we’ve ever had. A great group assembled from the U.S., Australia, and Canada for work-filled week at a 17th century villa near Lucca, complete with an olive grove, vineyard, salt-water pool, and plenty of open space to wander around the stunning grounds. In the afternoons, we took the group on local excursions to a private castle in a Medieval village, the marble caves at Carrara (whence sprang Michelangelo’s David), and dinner on sea in Viarregio. Thanks so much to everyone who came.

Writing to Awaken in London with Alternatives

We had an unusually large, intelligent group at London’s Conway Hall last Sunday. Sixty people from all over the UK came together to do self-inquiry through writing in deep work in this historic venue. Thanks to everyone for your fine work and to Alternatives for hosting the event. I hope to see you again next year! On to Prague for the next workshop at Maitrea!

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. 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.