Workshops

The intention to create a sanctuary begins with the recognition that the land, plants, trees, water, air, and light, are all sacred.

Everything is sacred including the oasis of our balcony, our neighbors’ yards, the trees at the local park, and all the nearby trails that snake over hills and mountains and past waterways. 

In Partnership with Salem Athenaeum
Radiance in the Darkness

 Saturday, December 3, 10-12

Like all things in the natural world, we are sensitive to the shifts in weather, light, and temperature. As we approach the Winter Solstice, when the days are shorter, Nature calls us to slow down, rest, and replenish in the darkness of the long winter nights.

 

The word “darkness” can mean the absence of light, a feeling of despair or grief, a lack of knowing, extinction, and even death, but this restorative time of year is also fertile ground for our imagination. This 2-hour writing workshop invites writers of all levels to reflect and set intentions for the coming period of extended darkness.

 

Participants will be led in a poetry-based mindfulness exercise, a nature-inspired visualization experience, and offer writing prompts inspired by selected reading. There will be time for discussion and sharing. Whether you call yourself a writer or not, the workshop invites you to go deeper to stoke our inner creative fire and reveal the radiance that comes from looking inward and taking care of ourselves.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022

Time: 10AM to 12PM

Cost: Members $40; Non-members $55;

Students; $20

Location: Salem Anthnaeum, Salem, MA

In Partnership with California Center for Creative Renewal
Creative Writing & Spring Renewal

 Saturday, April 1, 2023, 9-5

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This in-person all-day writing workshop is designed to revitalize our creativity by opening us to the wisdom and teachings of the natural world. 

 

With our offering of attention, Mother Nature reciprocates with her own beautiful language that will most certainly find its way into our own writing. 

 

We will spend time writing and reading in community. To encourage imagination and play, there will be guided meditations, visualizations, curated readings, and writing prompts. We will discuss, share and hold space for what arises. You may write in whatever form pleases you including journaling, poetry, prose, memoir, novel, and non-fiction. 

 

This workshop is intended for all levels of writers. 

Date: Saturday April 1, 2023

Time: 9AM to 5 PM

Price: $120 (Early Bird pricing $110)

Location: California Center for Creative Renewal, Encinitas, CA

The California Center for Creative Renewal is founded on the belief that making art in the safety of a beautiful, natural environment is life affirming. We are committed to assisting participants in reclaiming their creative potential through the process of artistic expression. In the quiet haven of our healing gardens, we support individuals, organizations and communities in overcoming the challenges and stresses of daily life.

In Partnership with Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
Nature Inspired Writing: Creativity & Belonging

Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 10 to 1 

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The science is in: spending time in nature boosts physical and mental health and fires up our imagination. When we connect with the natural world, we open up to a deeper relationship with all that is alive, and as a result, gain an authentic sense of belonging.  
 

During this 3-hour nature-inspired workshop, we will walk the farm to wake up our senses. We will slow our pace and take time to notice textures, inhale the scents of herbs and native plants, and observe the insects and birds who call this land home. We will also read inspiring poetry and prose about Nature and then write about what comes from the entire experience. 

 

This workshop will enliven your creativity and give you a  a sense of belonging with the natural world. 

Wild Willow Farm is the perfect classroom and source of inspiration. With guided prompts and time to practice spontaneous writing, we are sure to have an unforgettable time together. 

 

All are welcome. Come if you are a writer. Come if you are not a writer. This is about spending time together outdoors and being open to what arises. 
 

Format:  In-Person 3-hour class 

Date: Sunday, November 13

Class size: Limit to 20

Price: $30.00 

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a project of the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County. The center operates a 5-acre educational farm in the Tijuana River Valley, 15 minutes south of downtown San Diego. The center trains the next generation of farmers and gardeners in cutting-edge regenerative growing techniques, practices which emphasize the importance of building healthy, fertile, living soil as a fundamental component of growing healthy food and healthy communities.