What a wonderful and inspirational week we had in Lucca during our Writing to Awaken retreat in Tuscany. The location – a 17th century villa, complete with an olive grove, vineyard, and salt-water pool – was a stunning backdrop for deep work, local excursions, great food, and great fun. Thanks to those that joined us. We had a great group of folks from the US, Australia, and Canada. See you next year!
Happy Summer! Here’s a link to June’s newsletter. https://conta.cc/2NvlBT8. Looking forward to bringing Writing to Awaken to Europe.
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.
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.
Please join me for Journey To the Sacred, my upcoming six-week online class. What do you hold sacred? Your responses to the lessons in this popular online class will reveal more than you may realize about how you experience life, what you expect from yourself and others, where you are wounded and in need of healing, and how deeply – or haltingly – you are able to love. This eye-opening class will inspire you spiritually, broaden you psychologically, and empower you emotionally. Journey To the Sacred will initiate you into a new understanding of what enlightenment means and how to bring sacred awareness into your life. Click here for a audio invitation, Click here for more info & registration.