Writing From the Heart: A Mindfulness and Writing Workshop
Come explore the connection between mindfulness and writing. Learn to trust what arises naturally in the mind and heart once you let go of conditioned thoughts that block creative flow. Challenge your inner critic and tap into the joy and ease of creative expression to write the stories that only you can express. In this workshop, participants experiment with a range of writerly practices that are grounded in mindful meditative awareness. Though welcome, no writing or meditation experience is required.
No experience required
DATE & TIME:
Saturday, March 28th
Noon to 3pm
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING:
– Please bring a notebook or loose-leaf paper and a handful of pens for writing.
– Wear comfortable clothing.
– Bring a snack and water bottle.
Mancos Public Library
$45 Registration fee
Minimum 4 students; Maximum 20 students
In Writing From the Heart you’ll discover ways to free the voice inside and embrace your inherent capacity to express yourself in writing. You’ll understand the value of connecting to the present moment, integrating mind and body during writing, and using language in a way that is fully informed by the core of your being. We begin the class with an introduction to the topic, then gentle warm-up movements and a short breath meditation. This helps us release any tensions we bring into the class and begin to connect the mind and body. We move into a series of guided writing meditations with short breaks in between and a final closing circle. Writerly practices include free-writing, short-form writing, guided creative exercises, specific prompts, and imaginative play. While there is no critique or judgment of your writing, you’ll have the opportunity to share an excerpt of your writing (optional) and to listen to others. You’ll leave the class with a collection of writings that, if you choose, you can develop further.
Jan Estep / Instructor
About the Artist:
In addition to being an artist and educator Jan Estep has a long career in writing and editing. As a former art critic, her arts writing—feature essays, art and book reviews, interviews, and topical articles—has appeared in Frieze, Bomb, Modern Painters, Triple Canopy, and New Art Examiner, among other contemporary art journals and publications. Her printed illustrated maps and artist books are available at Printed Matter in NYC and in the collection of MOMA.