Writing as Spiritual Practice – Part 1

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Sunday 5/15/2016 - Tuesday 5/17/2016
7:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Program Leader
Marilyn McEntyre

Part 1 represents the first portion of the five-day Writing as Spiritual Practice retreat.  This retreat is a time to explore how writing practices can open the imagination, heart, and mind to the flow of spiritual energy. Words are gifts. Writing at its best is an ongoing act of gratitude. Shaping sentences, letting poems find their form, tugging on the thread of a story are sacred work that brings us near to the place where prayer happens.

You will experiment with a variety of approaches to writing that can sharpen your skills, vary your habits, and open new avenues of reflection. It will be an opportunity to refuel your personal writing or your current project and relax into conversation with other writers.

Part 1: Letting the Spirit Speak  (Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon)

This Part focuses on writing and receptivity, learning to play, pray and notice what comes, how lectio divina can enrich your work with words.

[See the full five-day program description or the Part 2 program description for Part 2: Noticing, Naming, Entering and Engaging   (Wednesday evening through Friday morning)]

Focus on noticing, reflecting on and reframing what we encounter, what it means to write as a witness, how the quiet work of writing can foster connection and community.

After Part 1 you may optionally attend the Wednesday Retreat Day led by Marilyn, entitled Listening In. This day can be added on to either Part 1 or Part 2.

The Wednesday Retreat Day will focus on hearing the inner voice, honoring intuition, and cultivating life-giving conversation with self, others, and the Spirit by working with words.

If you wish to stay overnight on Tuesday, May 17th and attend the Wednesday Retreat Day, including lunch, the additional cost would be $89, which includes Tuesday night dinner, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and shared overnight accommodations on Tuesday night. If you are interested in this add-on, please select the appropriate program fee as noted below.

Please feel free to call Peggy, our registrar at (805)456-4220 to discuss the various options for this program.

Marilyn McEntyre, PhD, teaches medical humanities in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and is a fellow at the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College and a hospice volunteer. She has written a number of books on language, spirituality, and healing, including Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.

Please review our La Casa Program Cancellation and Refund Policy before registering for this program.

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