Lauren Rutten

is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator whose writing has been published in The Red Silk Anthology. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2009 and 2012. Lauren’s spiritual practice involves meditation, daily readings, contemplative walks, mantra chanting, and daily photographic adventures that are shared via her 108 Days of Practice blog.

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Workshops and Events


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, 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 10 participants.

What:    8-Week Women’s Writing Group
When:   Monday Evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Dates:    Sept. 11, 18, 25 Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 2017
Where: Milkhouse Arts, 39 S. Main Street, Marshall, NC

Cost:     $175    REGISTER HERE

 


Prior Workshops

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Embrace the Return of Light

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

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Cost:  $25 Register here.

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 here.

Getting to the HeART of What Matters:
A workshop for artist, creatives, and wanna be creatives

HeArt of the Matter

Saturday, April 25, 2015
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

WeWork Dupont Circle
1875 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Register online here

Finding and keeping a clear sense of your own creative voice is one of the most challenging aspects of living a career as a creative artist. This course is not about making the perfect photo, being a wordsmith, or creating gallery ready art. This session is about experiencing the practice of being an artist in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

The goal of this workshop is to explore new ways to connect ourselves to our work—whether that be our own personal work or what we do in our every day jobs—and to remain vibrant and inspired to create art that is deeply satisfying, meaningful, and full of heart.

We will experiment with ways to express our creativity by using a wide range of art materials. Artists and writers of all levels, including those who don’t identify as artists or writers, are welcome to come play and enjoy the pleasure of making. Facilitated by Lauren Rutten and Hosted by Sarah Hodzic of Blink Photography and ArtWorks Collective

Bring your journal & favorite writing utensil and lunch will be provided.
Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Bread for the JourneyBread for the Journey

Sundays, January 18 through March 8,
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Washington National Cathedral Cathedral Library
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-5098
$25 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 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.

Begin Again: A Women’s Writing GroupWomen’s Writing Workshop

Fridays, February 13, 20, 27 | March 6 
10:00 am to Noon
Home of Lauren Rutten
3831 Sixth Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22204
Click here to signup

Following the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, we will be using a variety of prompts, themes and reflective exercises to explore our voice through the practice of writing. If you’ve ever wished you were writing more regularly or struggle with putting pen to paper, this is a great opportunity to jump-start your writing practice in a safe and nurturing environment. Writers of all levels are welcome AND no experience necessary. Bring a journal and pen. This gathering is limited to 10 women and will be held in the comfort of Lauren’s home. Cultivate your joy of writing and the be nourished by intimacy of other women. (FYI – 3 cats and a dog live here too)

Amherst Writers Evening WorkshopOpen Writing Workshop

Mondays, February 16, 23 | March 2, 9
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Home of Lauren Rutten
3831 Sixth Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22204
Click here to signup

Following the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, we will be using a variety of prompts, themes and reflective exercises to explore our voice through the practice of writing. If you’ve ever wished you were writing more regularly or struggle with putting pen to paper, this is a great opportunity to jump-start your writing practice in a safe and nurturing environment. Writers of all levels are welcome AND no experience necessary. Bring a journal and pen. This gathering is limited to 10 people and will be held in the comfort of Lauren’s home. (FYI – cats and a dog live here too)

The HeART of the Matter:
Writing and Art as Spiritual PracticeHeArt of the Matter

Saturday, February 7
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The HeartWell Institute
1015 Pleasant St
Worcester, Massachusetts 01602

The act of making art can be a spiritual practice, drawing deeply on what matters most in our lives. In this hands-on workshop, we will be using free-writing, visual journaling, and book-making to delve into the interior spaces of the stories we carry. We will experiment with ways to express our creativity by using a wide range of art materials. Artists and writers of all levels, including those who don’t identify as artists or writers, are welcome to come play and enjoy the pleasure of making. Co-Facilitated by Lauren Rutten and Karen Elizabeth Sharpe.

 

Bring a brown bag lunch and your creativity. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. $125 includes the cost of materials. Register online here.

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Writing and Art as Spiritual Practice

Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Unity of Fairfax
2854 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, Virginia 22124

The making of art can be a spiritual practice, for it draws deeply on what matters most in our lives. In this hands-on workshop, we will be using free-writing, visual journaling, and book-making to delve into the interior spaces of the stories we carry. We will experiment with ways to express our creativity by using a wide range of art materials. Artists of all levels, including those who don’t call themselves artists, are welcome to come play and enjoy the pleasure of making. Co-facilitated by Lauren Rutten and Lisa Colburn.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Home of Lauren Rutten (and Rev Andy Carlson)
3831 Sixth Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22204

Are you yearning for connection with other creative souls? Do you want to cultivate creativity in your daily life? We will use prompts to excite your imagination, short circuit your inner critic and open the door to express your unique voice. We write together and share our hearts through reading and listening to each other. We treat all writing as fiction, and offer positive feedback to encourage and nurture our new creations. All writing levels are welcome, including anyone whose writing has only existed in their minds. Come play with words on this writing adventure. Love offering welcome. Limited to 10 participants.

Lauren created a safe and inspiring environment for each person to express her own creativity. I was amazed at the deep and often magical writing that arose from each participant, and how at times the threads of different pieces of writing were woven together. I appreciated the opportunity to create in new ways, without judgment. Say YES to Lauren’s workshop – you won’t regret it!

—Colleen Elliott

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