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Creative Expression

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Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Fire and Ice
November 22 - 24, 2019
Leave the rush of your busy life and become still enough to hear the stories and poems that unfurl within you. Led by Ellen Bass and Roxan McDonald, two extraordinary and gifted writers, this is an opportunity to write, share, and hear how your work touches others. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this workshop will provide a rich opportunity to explore the fire and ice, the passion and precision of writing. Come leap forward in your art.
Ellen BassEllen Bass
Roxan McDonaldRoxan McDonald
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Heart of Devotion
November 22 - 24, 2019
Quiet the mind and let the heart open while chanting in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga with Grammy-nominated chant artist Krishna Das. Whether you chant with KD often or this is your first time, come hear your own unique voice blend with other voices like the drop of water in the ocean. Enrich your life experience through an enriching weekend of chanting, storytelling, and reflection.
Krishna DasKrishna Das
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing from the Senses
November 29 - December 1, 2019
Great writing ignites the senses. What better place to awaken touch, taste, sound, smell, heart, and intuition than the natural world? Join award-winning writer Laura Fraser and memoirist and naturalist Doniga Markegard for a weekend of inspired and evocative writing. Spend mornings in nature noticing animal tracks, bird song, and plant species and becoming more attuned to the smells and textures of the natural world. Then bring your observations to your writing in order to produce more vivid and descriptive prose. This weekend will give you a new way to connect with readers-and yourself-and to make your work come alive.
Laura FraserLaura Fraser
Doniga MarkegardDoniga Markegard
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
The Stories We Carry
December 6 - 8, 2019
We carry our stories inside of us. Some are easy to tell, others we bury deep until they rise up, and some we don't even know we carry-they are secrets we've kept or learned. Join New York Times best-selling author Dani Shapiro for an experience of transformation inspired by her recent memoir, Inheritance, in which she unlocks her own identity after learning a deeply buried family secret. In this powerful workshop she integrates her expertise in excavating life stories and articulating the transcendence of self-discovery and self-definition. Plumb the depths of your self to uncover your essential nature, find authenticity, joy, and liberation, and tell your story.
Dani ShapiroDani Shapiro
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Modern Yoga Immersion
December 13 - 15, 2019
Explore an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind fusion of yoga and modern dance with celebrated instructor and choreographer Annie Parr. Modern Yoga is a dynamic, mat-less class bridging vinyasa yoga, mind-body fitness modalities, and floor-based modern dance principles. Progressive sequences are choreographed and clearly guided-expect the flow of a yoga class and the personality of a dance class.
Annie ParrAnnie Parr
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Emotion Renewal
December 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Dance your way into the new year with 5Rhythms, a dynamic movement practice that ignites creativity, connection, and community. In this special 3-day event, Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne-two of the Bay Area's most-esteemed, certified 5Rhythms teachers-bring you deep into this moving meditation, showing you how this simple practice can transform body, mind, spirit, and soul. In the words of Gabrielle Roth, 5Rhythms founder, "The only way out is through." Dance your way through denial, conflict, and discomfort and into a lighter and brighter way of showing up in your life. With an awareness of how to use your emotions for energy and power, 2020 is looking good.
Vehllia TranneVehllia Tranne
Alessandro MoruzziAlessandro Moruzzi
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
The Book You Were Born to Write
February 2 - 7, 2020
Is there an inspiring book in you just waiting to come into being? Make your writing dream reality in this workshop with celebrated editor and writing coach Kelly Notaras. You'll learn everything you need to know about breaking into the transformational nonfiction market and cultivating the habits to get your work across the finish line and into the hands of those who need it.
Kelly NotarasKelly Notaras
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing to Awaken
February 14 - 16, 2020
When you tell the truth, your personal story expands and your life is transformed. Join best-selling author Mark Matousek for an intimate exploration of personal identity through expressive writing and self-inquiry. Learn to tell your whole truth and come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. Tap into your creative and spiritual potential and decrease attachments to the past to access a more liberated, authentic, and awakened life.
Mark MatousekMark Matousek
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing the Mind Alive
February 23 - 28, 2020
In this powerful 5-day workshop with Linda Trichter Metcalf, author and creator of Proprioceptive Writing® (PW), and PW teacher Anne Bright, you will enter a world where you come to know yourself differently than you did before. As you write, you will open the gate to a new realm of self-discovery. If you feel cut off from creative expression, or if you have trouble knowing and expressing how you really feel, PW can help you hear and share your authentic voice.
Linda Trichter MetcalfLinda Trichter Metcalf
Anne BrightAnne Bright
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
The BOX Sessions
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join award-winning writer Laura Holson hosting a weekend with wildly popular The Moth radio show and podcast, cooking sensation Samin Nosrat, director Jon M. Chu, MacArthur "genius grant" winner Lynda Barry, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and an original group of Oscar winners and world-class artists. In workshops and breakout sessions, you will explore your sense of wonder and curiosity, experience the power of community, and learn that you are a creative person-perhaps in dimensions you never realized.
Laura HolsonLaura Holson
Samin NosratSamin Nosrat
Jon M. ChuJon M. Chu
Fred DustFred Dust
Alec BergAlec Berg
Nina JacobsonNina Jacobson
Lynda BarryLynda Barry
Lisa Forkish and Vocal RushLisa Forkish and Vocal Rush
Jonathan FranzenJonathan Franzen
Andrew EvansAndrew Evans
The MothThe Moth
Amy GravittAmy Gravitt
Darla AndersonDarla Anderson
Jonny SunJonny Sun
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Outdoor-Inspired Design and Drawing
March 8 - 13, 2020
Doodle addicts, creatives, and nature lovers: immerse yourself in a wondrous exploration of both the natural world and drawing practices with renowned designer and creativity tutor Rachael Taylor. In a soothing and captivating redwood landscape, this 5-day creative immersion will enrich your artistic soul while incorporating elements of mindfulness and art therapy through drawing techniques. Rachael will help you develop your skills, learn new ways of motif-making, and begin exciting creative projects. Learn to trust your intuition as Rachael shares how she incorporates natural inspiration into her everyday life and artwork.
Rachael TaylorRachael Taylor
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing and Mindfulness
March 15 - 20, 2020
We know that practicing mindfulness lowers stress, improves health, strengthens relationships, and increases happiness. But did you know that a meditation practice can also make you a more creative and skillful writer? Join award-winning novelist and practicing Buddhist, Janis Cooke Newman, for this 5-day combination writing workshop and meditation retreat. Writers and meditators of all levels are invited to delve deeply into both practices. Tap into your creative energy, bypass the internal judge, and bring out your most original and fulfilling writing.
Janis Cooke NewmanJanis Cooke Newman
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Zentangle® Weekend
March 27 - 29, 2020
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn way of drawing structured patterns. On the surface, it may look simple, but in practice, it is a path to focus, presence, and an unbridled imagination-a rich means by which anyone can awaken the artist within. Join Martha Huggins and Molly Hollibaugh, members of the Zentangle founding family, to discover and enjoy all that this art form (and you!) have to offer.
Martha HugginsMartha Huggins
Molly HollibaughMolly Hollibaugh
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing and the Art of Living Mindfully
April 3 - 5, 2020
Writing is both a practice and a profound path into deepest consciousness. Internationally best-selling authors Albert Flynn DeSilver and Laura Munson will guide you in discovering your highest creative potential across all genres of writing. Open the gateway to transformative creativity, embolden your unique artistry, and expand your innate connection to yourself and to your life. Return home with daily practices for lifelong, optimal creativity and awareness.
Albert Flynn DeSilverAlbert Flynn DeSilver
Laura MunsonLaura Munson
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Unfolding Your Truth
May 1 - 3, 2020
Regardless of what you've done, where you've come from, or who you are, your personal truth is important. In this weekend workshop, author Alexandra Elle and spiritual teacher Yasmine Cheyenne expose how writing and storytelling can become your most powerful ally and sacred personal practice. Enter an inclusive circle of women to explore writing and storytelling in a safe, supported space and empower your life with practical ways to share your story and build community with your words.
Alexandra ElleAlexandra Elle
Yasmine CheyenneYasmine Cheyenne
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