Writing as Spiritual Practice

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Sunday 5/15/2016 - Friday 5/20/2016
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leader
Marilyn McEntyre


These five days are 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.

The week is designed to allow you to 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.

Come for all five days, or for any of the following:

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

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

Return to the program calendar to register separately for only Part 1.

          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.

Return to the program calendar to register separately for only Part 2.

In between the two Parts to this program is the Wednesday Retreat Day led by Marilyn, entitled Listening In. This day is optional and 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.

The residential five-day price for this program includes Tuesday night accommodations at no cost.

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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