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 Courses & Writing Retreats 

My heart and mind work in harmony when I spend time in Nature observing, grounding, and making time for stillness. ​

This is what I hope for others and why I am inspired to create engaging courses and retreats where we can come together and share our gifts.  

Remembering Our Place in the Sacred Circle of Life

6-week course begins February 28, 2023

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An awakening experience into all the aspects of Mother Earth and all she has to offer us, right outside our door! I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in nature, creativity, inspiration and writing.   
                           
  – Concetta B.       


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During six, 2-hour workshop sessions, we will read poetry, prose, and essays that touch on the magnificence of Mother Earth.

 

The aim of the class is to be inspired by your ventures into Nature, the selected reading, and our discussions.

 

Your writing practice will be nourished by your deepening relationship with the natural world. We will also explore how artistic acts like writing, painting, sculpting, singing, playing music, cooking, baking, gardening, etc., are prayers towards healing and opportunities to share our heart-based creations.​

All Levels Welcome

Format: Virtual 2-hour Zoom class 

Dates: Feb. 28 through Apr. 4

Class will convene every Tuesday

 

Two Time Offerings: 

Class #1: 4 pm (PST) / 7 pm (EST)
Class #2: 7 am (PST) / 10 am (EST) / 15:00 (GMT)
⭐️ (Class #2 Accommodates our European students) 

 

Class size: Limit to 10 

Price: $175.00 with 10% going to Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle (OMEC)

In Partnership with UCSD Division of Extended Studies
Nature Writing: The True Muse

April 3 - May 13, 2023

6-week asynchronous course

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 I LOVED this course. It is my favorite so far. Christina has a way of teaching the soul of writing, not just the rules. And the use of Nature as a guide brought out meaningful and imaginative stories I didn't even know I had in me. This class was educational and inspirational.    
     
UCSD Div. of Extended Studies student


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Next Offering Spring 2023!

As writers, we are the witness and voice of our time, and as such, we are invited to translate what we experience to share and celebrate with the generations to come. 

 

This course invites you to develop your writing while reconnecting with Mother Nature, or as author Bill Plotkin says, "grow deeper into our human nature". We will immerse ourselves in the contemplations of writers who have spent their life close to the heartbeat of Mother Nature. Through the examples of their offerings, your own discoveries in the inner and outer composition of your landscapes, you will shape writing that reveals the joy, and sometimes heartache, of walking this Earth.

 

Inspiration will come from time in Nature and direct experience with all she offers us. We will reclaim our wild self and play with a variety of forms from poetry to prose to performance.

In Partnership with UCSD Division of Extended Studies
Forms of Poetry

 July 17 to September 27, 2023

6-week asynchronous course

POETRY
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Christina is a standout instructor, as indicated by the five-star rating. Christina demonstrates care and concern for students' well-being outside of class and works with students to accommodate their needs with understanding, flexibility, and compromise.     
     
UCSD Div. of Extended Studies student


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Amy Lowell wrote, “No one expects a man to make a chair without first learning how, but there is a popular impression that the poet is born, not made, and that his verses burst from his overflowing heart of themselves.

As a matter of fact, the poet must learn his trade in the same manner, and with the same painstaking care,

as the cabinet-maker.”

 

Let’s look at poetry from a designer’s perspective. As a designer of poetry, we are charged with creating works of beauty that sometimes fall within certain parameters such as: What does this “space” need? What do I want to “say” here? What are my materials? In this course, students will address the design qualities of a poem by experimenting with forms like the sonnet, ballad, ode, haiku, and villanelle.

 

No previous experience required

Course Number: WCWP-40308 Credit: 2.00 units   

Certificate Programs: Creative Writing

True Muse

Past Events

Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle (OMEC)

Course: Remembering Our Place in the Sacred Circle of Life

Oct - Nov 2021

March - April 2022

Sept - Oct 2022

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