8 Week Women’s Writing Group, Marshall NC

The Eight Pillars of Joy – A Women’s Weekly Writing Group Perspective, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, Generosity. These are the pillars for living a joyful life. Using The Book of Joy as inspiration, we will spend 8 weeks writing and sharing together in a supportive group. Following the Amherst Writers Method, we will be using a variety of prompts, themes and reflective exercises. The AWA writing method allows participants to tend their creative spirit through the practice of writing. All are welcome and no experience is necessary! Bring a notebook or journal and pen. Space is limited to 10 participants. What:    8-Week Women’s Writing Group When:   Monday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Dates:    September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6 Where: Milkhouse Arts, 39 S. Main Street, Marshall, NC Cost:     $175   REGISTER...

Embrace The Return Of Light – An Evening of Writing

Solstice Night Gathering This is the very first gathering at Milkhouse Arts’ new studio in Marshall, NC. Join Lauren for an evening of writing to warm the soul as we begin the deep internal time of Winter. We will write together, share our stories and offer positive feedback in a safe and sacred space. What better way to celebrate the return of light than through the contemplative practice of writing. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm @ The Story Cottage 39 S. Main Street, Marshall, NC Cost:  $25 Paid in Advance Following the Amherst Writers Method, we will be using a variety of prompts, themes and reflective exercises, this writing event allows participants to tend their creative spirit through the practice of writing. All are welcome, no experience necessary! Bring a notebook or journal and pen. Space is limited to 12 participants. Reserve your seat...

Wonder Wednesday : Creativity

It’s Wonder Wednesday my friends! Today’s Wondering is about Creativity…This in an Invitation to participate!… I’d love for you to add your wonderings in the comments below. Let’s all help each other to bring more wonder into the world. CREATIVITY: How’s it feel to use your creative muscles? What happens in your body? in your emotions? in your mind? What’s it feel like when you are withholding from being creative? How do you see yourself as creative? What do you wish you did more of that you call creative? What do you need to bring your creative impulses to life? Do you assume that when I mention Creativity, I mean making art or writing or music? My want is for us all to know our creativity or creative life force is a natural inborn aspect of being human. So I wonder, how do you experience being creative? I’ve recently been examining how I feel when I stop “being creative”, as in pulling back from a creative practice like writing or making art or even cooking regularly. I’ve noticed that some fears creep in pretty quickly. There’s an underlying message in me that gets rather critical. There’s also a fear that I may never be creative again. I know… weird huh! I’m like a lifetime creator and you’d think this lie wouldn’t exist within me but yes that’s there in the background too. I think it has something to do with perfectionism and “making good art” rather than the joy of being creatively active. I’m working with embracing a more compassionate attitude about my creative life force. I’m wondering do...

Tending My Being

Inspiration. I’ve been waiting around for a knock on my door, always hoping that she will arrive when most needed. She seems to come and go as she pleases, at least that’s the way it feels when I’m out of the practice of practicing in a consistent (daily) way. I get so busy with my doing list and what needs checking off. I forget the being part of myself, where I can simply and quietly be. There’s a wanting, a desire for more spaciousness in my life. Yet I can easily forget to turn off the doing list. Inspiration is always waiting around for me to arrive actually, at the doorstep of my own self. I reach a point when my To-Do List has been checked off and my Just Being hasn’t quite arrived. This is the place where my energy becomes rapid and tight, with a few ounces of wishfulness and hope, and a big dose of desire. There’s an anxiousness that creeps into my being, makes my belly tighten, my breaths become shallow and taut, my shoulders pull up. I’m noticing this place more readily these days. There’s the constant busyness of my mind that sends rapid messages down through my blood stream to my limbs, creating a tense state of over-doing. Here comes my dragon muse lighting a fire in my belly and insisting I sit down and do what I am doing. “10 minutes!” She emphatically chants to me….“No breakfast. 10 minutes. Write. 10 minutes. Sit and write whatever comes. Sentence after sentence…” and she hangs up laughing. As much as I want to keep...
Bread for the Journey

Bread for the Journey

Sunday, October 26, 2014 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Washington National Cathedral Cathedral Library 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016-5098 $20 per evening Using a variety of prompts, themes and reflective exercises, this drop-in group allows participants to tend their spiritual journey through the practice of writing. No experience necessary. Bring a journal and pen. Facilitation of the sessions is rotated among writers Lisa Colburn, Sue McCollum, Randon Noble, and Lauren Rutten. Space is limited to 15 participants. Bring a notebook or journal. All are welcome, no experience necessary! RSVP by the Friday before each group to pilgrimages@cathedral.org to receive information about how to enter the Library building. For complete details,...

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