Embrace ordinary moments and realize the vibrancy of our existence through deep contemplative writing
Date: Aug 18-24, 2019
Workshop Fee: $1295
Max Class Size: 25
(Note: a 10% Discount will be offered for students who also take “Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir” during the week following this course)
Settle into late summer and let the beauty of the waning weeks before the season of harvest inform and support your writing.
Just as the reddening of maple leaves reminds us of the passage of time, it also encourages us to see each moment as an opportunity to continuously turn, face, and accept the vibrancy of our own existence. In this workshop we cultivate a field of kindness toward ourselves and our imperfect lives so that we can write what disturbs us, what we fear, what we have not been willing to speak about—what we really thought/think about our fathers, the guilt of not measuring up to a lover’s expectations, our lifelong desire for approval, our great pleasure in summer, our need to see the world clearly before we go and realize moment by moment matters, or even this cup of tea, is the whole universe.
The course will involve sitting meditation, slow walking, and plenty of timed writings, as well as book discussions and space for deep listening—to yourself and others—in small and large groups. You’ll spend each day in gentle silence from wake-up until 4:30 p.m. There is free time to write on your own, take a nap, or walk. Bring fast writing pens, notebooks, and a beginner’s mind.
A reading list will be sent to students in advance.
All Image Credits: Natalie Goldberg
Instructor: Natalie Goldberg
Natalie Goldberg is the author of "Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within" (1986). The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into 14 languages. "Top of My Lungs" (Overlook Press), contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life”. For the last thirty years Natalie has been teaching writing as a practice. Her workshops are attended by people from around the world.