This writing group is a time to come together and write our stories, sparked by compelling prompts, in the warm, rich environment of a circle of women. The writing group structure is based on the Amherst Writer's and Artist's Method.
"Writing rearranges the furniture of your mind," Roger Housden says.
"To do writing practice means to deal ultimately with your whole life," writes Natalie Goldberg in her book, Writing Down the Bones. "Penetrate your life and become sane."
When you make time to for a weekly writing practice, you make time to:
Tap into your creative flow and experience the satisfaction and surprise of the creative process.
Discover yourself; make space for what is there when you pause, notice and reflect.
Write down those poignant memories from daily life that you would like to remember.
Work on a specific writing project, if you are working on one.
Connect with other woman in the strong container of a well-held circle.
By offering a safe environment, this workshop supports participants to find and express their authentic voice, access their creative power and build community with other women.
This writing group is based on the following 5 essential affirmations from Writing Alone and With Others, by Pat Schneider:
1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice. 2. Everyone is born with creative genius. 3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. 4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer's original voice or self-esteem. 5. A writer is someone who writes.
Resurrect the Wild Within - Integrate the power and wisdom of the stories from Women Who Run With the Wolves
March 31, 2020 | 6:30-8:00pm | Opening to Life Studio on SE Hawthorne and 40th | $25
Let's face it. We've been tamed. But we are waking up.
Each one of us was born with wildness inside, and it's time to gather the bones of the indestructible wild within and breath life over them. Gather, resurrect and unleash...these are the themes of the first story in Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., called "The Howl: Resurrecting the Wild Woman."
In the sacred space created by drumming to the 4 directions, Sarah will tell this story orally, and guide you in integrating its power and wisdom for yourself. Story is a highly effective way to access your own wisdom, as it bypasses the habits of thought and goes directly into the unconscious mind, unlocking the knowing you already have...the knowing that is just what you need for whatever issues in life you are dealing with now.
You are invited to join this evening of sacred drumming, soul listening, writing, and dancing (we will dance too!...to music that helps us shake our bones, release, and celebrate).
The intention is that you tap into your own personal power and wisdom; that you connect to the deep knowing in your bones; that you find the instinctual place where the very thing you need is right there waiting for you.
"No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely 4-footed." -Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.
New Year Vision Retreat - Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
New Year Vision Retreat | January 23-30, 2021 | Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Launch the new year with vision – a clear intention about who you are and what matters most to you.
Join us for a week of clarity, creativity and connection at nature’s edge, on the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica. In this uniquely vibrant place, we will blend the practices of yoga, free writing, play and communion with nature to create your personal Life Brief, a living document that captures what matters most to YOU. This is an invaluable tool for making decisions and taking action in your relationships, your work and for yourself.
Your discoveries will be captured into language that you will take home with you in the form of The Life Brief – along with a clear set of actions, and a fire in your belly. This is your north star, your deepest wisdom, and the starting place for all that you create for yourself and the world over the next 10 years.
With the New Year Vision Retreat, you will enter your next chapter with courage, clarity and creativity.
Who: An intimate gathering of 20 people from across the globe
About the Amherst Writer's and Artist's Method: (taken from the AWA website http://www.amherstwriters.com/about/awa-method)
“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art - the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.” Pat Schneider, Writing Alone and With Others
The Amherst Writers & Artists' philosophy is a simple one: every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. The AWA method, which is fully described in founder Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003, and available at www.patschneider.com), provides just such an environment.
Peter Elbow, author of Writing Without Teachers, brought the writing process movement into classrooms across the U.S. In his the introduction to Writing Alone and With Others, he called Pat Schneider “the best teacher of writing I know.” The practices outlined in the book have proven effective in graduate school classrooms and in work with the homeless, in children’s schoolrooms, with nursing students, in bereavement groups and in living rooms among friends.
Unique to the AWA method, at the time of the publication of the book, are these two revolutionary practices:
Everything in the writing workshop is treated as fiction, to keep the focus on the writing rather than the personal and to minimize the vulnerability of the writer. The teacher or leader writes with the participants, and reads aloud along with the other writers. These practices, along with keeping all writing confidential, responding to just-written work with positive attention on what is strong in the writing, create an environment that is non-hierarchical, honest, and safe. Accomplished and beginning writers learn from one another in a generous atmosphere that works seriously to develop craft and holds personal respect for the value of every voice.
The AWA method has been used successfully with experienced writers as well as beginners, writers who have confidence as well as those who are uncertain. It has been equally effective in helping those whose voices have traditionally been silenced by poverty, discrimination, illness, age or other obstacles to achieving the powerful combination of language and confidence needed to overcome social barriers. While the AWA method is not therapy, it has great healing potential for writers from all backgrounds. Writers who have used the AWA method have published major works and taken top prizes and awards in the U.S. and Ireland, and over a thousand have completed the AWA training program in workshop leadership.