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.
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.
Happy Summer! Here’s a link to June’s newsletter, “Sail Away To Safe Harbor.” Mark Twain wrote, “Sail away from safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Summer is the time to break free, take risks, and enjoy ourselves, and in this month’s edition of the newsletter you’ll find a number of offerings that can help you do just that. Hope to see you. https://conta.cc/2NvlBT8.
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!
Join me for Writing Your Future Story: A Six-Week Course in Vision and Imagination from July 1 – August 11. Every life is a work of the imagination. We create our own futures, imagine ourselves forward in time, through the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, who we’re not, what is possible, and what can never be.
In this imaginative course on self-reinvention, you will have the opportunity to explore new story lines for the year ahead, including fresh possibilities, surprising shifts, and novel ways of expanding — and improving, your future life. More info and registration.