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Writing and Meditation Workshops

Creative writing and meditation workshops designed to enlighten, inspire, connect, and heal through mindfulness and engaged writing practice.

Mondays 7:30-9:30
December 9,16
Holiday Break December 23,30 January 6, 13, 20 2020

Limit 12 participants.
$250 for five sessions

All ages and skill levels welcome.

Instructors:
Lori Jakiela is the author of four memoirs, including Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, which received the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. She is also the author of an essay collection – Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker -- two full-length poetry collections, and many poetry chapbooks. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, LitHub, Electric Literature, The Rumpus and more. She has over 20 years of experience teaching writing at the graduate and undergraduate college level, and is a former co-director of the summer writing festival at Chautauqua Institution. She currently directs the undergraduate Creative and Professional Writing program at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, teaches community workshops in and around Pittsburgh, curates the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday Poems feature, and is founder and co-director of The Veterans Write workshops. For more, visit her website: ​http://lorijakiela.net

Tonya Spritz Kapis is a meditation & intuitive energy guide. She focuses on those who are interested in finding balance within to unlock the body's own healing power. She also teaches yoga & meditation on the water with her SUP Yoga business:The Yoga Deck. Promoting healing in the arts is her passion with painting, writing, meditation & yoga workshops. For more, visit her website: ​www.ultimahealing.com
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Week 1/ Writing and Meditation to Connect with Childhood, Memory and Our Higher Selves
“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. It’s about getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” -- Stephen King
Connecting with the breath to our higher self beginning with a vibrational sound clearing & attunement then moving into meditation crossing energetic planes to your childhood home.

Week 2/ Writing and Meditation to Heal
“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.” -- Alice Walker
Journeying into the body with meditation to unlock our healing within. Beginning with all matters of the heart, allowing the energy to flow out the heart creating balance within.

Week 3/Writing and Meditation to Free Your Spirit/ Using Experimental Forms
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” – Jack Kerouac
Allowing flow by connecting with the element of Water & Earth. Unpacking the labels others place on us to believe in ourselves to feel a freedom within our mind, body & spirit.

Week 4/Writing and Meditation to Discover What You Don’t Know
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion
We each have two paths, we must choose to let go of the past to flow into our future. Beginning in our past and letting go of what no longer serves us, to move forward & visualize our future selves to begin to create the present we desire.

Week 5/ Writing and Meditation about Family, Food, and Forgiveness
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” – Oscar Wilde
Coming together with your family around the table in meditation, connecting with those who may have passed on & new family members to forgive, release trauma and create peace.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” - Lao Tzu

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