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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Writing Yourself Awake
Roger Housden
Sunday, April 8, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - 200. Please bring your lunch. Code RR1D18.
OPEN-Register Here

Writing is a way to become deeply intimate with yourself and the world. Every life is a work of fiction, and in this workshop we shall use writing as a tool and poetry as an inspiration to wake up from the stories we tell ourselves into the truth of our present experience. Alternating writing sessions with group dialogue and short meditation periods, we will return to our senses and listen, see and touch both our inner and outer experience in concrete ways that bring us more present to ourselves, more permeable to each other and more intimate with the life that lives in everything. Participants please bring writing materials.

No prior writing or meditation experience is required.

What You Will Learn:

  • To use beginner’s mind as the starting point for all writing
  • To recognize the mythic, non-personal dimension of your own stories
  • To let the world speak to you through your senses
  • To open to what is already here
  • To speak and listen from the silence

Who Should Attend This Workshop:
  • Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others.

  • Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


General Information

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