Aug 1-4: Writer Reboot Intensive

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Writing Barn’s second annual Writer Reboot Intensive! Enjoy the company of fellow writers, find fuel for new work, or polish projects you’ve already begun. All genres welcome! 

I’ll be speaking on “Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds.” Join me and learn how meditation can help you let go of nagging doubts, silence the inner critic, and connect more fully with your own creativity. The lecture will include a walking component as well as new ideas for Writer Reboot veterans who have studied with me before.

You’ll also enjoy writing activities with Program Director Claire Campbell to structure your creation and gain new ideas; learn how to unearth your own stories with insights from Cecily Sailer, founder of Typewriter Tarot; enjoy a conversation on the literary life with Writing Barn founder Bethany Hegedus.

Date(s): Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
Times: 5:00 PM Thursday – 11:00 AM Sunday
Cost: $475 for locals, $725 for lodgers
Class Size: 10 lodging, 6 local

Here’s how to register.

Spring Meditation Class

I’m offering a four-week Introduction to Meditation class on Tuesday evenings starting April 9. Meditation doesn’t take any special equipment, require that you join a group, or sit in a funny position. It just takes you! Come and learn how to live more fully in the present with greater clarity, ease, and compassion.

Here are the details:
DATE: Tuesdays, April  9, 16, 23, & 30
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: 1006 Rock Street, Suite 102 / Georgetown, TX
COST: $125.00 (includes a copy of the book “Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg)

Please register by April 2: Introduction to Meditation Registration

Jan 13: Breathe Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds

I’ll be starting 2019 off by teaching one of my favorite classes at The Writing Barn, “Breath Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds.” I love this class because it combines my two passions—meditation and writing.

Sit. Breathe. Write.

Meditation and writing compliment each other beautifully. Meditation is an act of deep listening, and writing is taking notes on what you hear. But what if all you hear is senseless chatter, nagging doubts, and critical voices? Keep listening! There’s a quiet beyond the noise. It’s in this quiet that stories are born.

This class will focus on learning how to write from the quiet. But first you have to find it. Meditation trains the mind to let go of distractions and return to the breath, over and over and again. It’s this act of letting go and returning to the present that settles the mind, connects us with our calm, and helps us hear our own voice. Now it’s time to write—to let go of the mind’s chatter and return to the page, over and over again, to express this voice with both clarity and insight.

Breathe Deep. Write Deep. Meditation for Writers with Busy Minds

When: January 13, 2019, from 1:00 – 6:00

Where: The Writing Barn, Austin, TX

What You Will Learn:

  • The basics of meditation, including what meditation is (and isn’t), proper posture, and how to establish a daily practice
  • How to let go of distractions during mediation and discover the “big sky” of your mind
  • How to return to this big sky while writing and use it as a source of inspiration, insight, and clarity
  • How to use mindfulness practices to face the particular challenges of being a writer, including criticism (both our own and that of others), self doubt, and pressures to be productive

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Writers with busy minds
  • Writers who are curious about meditation
  • Writers who want to learn new skills in order connect with their own creativity
  • Writers who want to improve how they deal with the unique stresses and insecurities of the writing life

New Class: Intro to Meditation

In addition to being a writer, I’m a spiritual director and meditation teacher. I help my clients lead more creative and connected lives. Many people think meditation is about emptying your mind. It’s not! It’s about starting over. . . with each moment . . . each breath. It’s about letting go of the busy-ness inside (and all around you) and reconnecting with your life in the present. 

This fall, I’ll be offering an Introduction to Meditation class to help people develop or deepen their own sitting practice. If you’d like to learn how to meditate in a supportive group environment with an experienced instructor, here are the details:

Mondays Oct 1, 8, 15 & 22
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: 1006 Rock Street, Suite 102 / Georgetown, TX
COST: $125.00 (includes a copy of the book “Real Happiness” by Sharon Salzberg)
FORMAT: Online or in person