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Writing Your Heart Wide Open: Winter Solstice Edition

December 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm


You, whose heart sometimes aches in December. You, who longs for sacred winter rhythms: listen, write, dream, repeat. You who wishes not for hustle and bustle, but the soft hum of candlelit magic. You who welcomes dynamic stillness and knows that the bare bones of trees have gifts to bestow.

You’re invited.

A one-day writing retreat.

Small group.

Deep listening to/witnessing of each other.

Ritual as a way in and out, honoring in particular, the Winter Solstice.

Focus on crafting that particular story for which you need great courage (from the Latin “cor” – heart). Non-fiction, fiction, and form-defying feats of writing welcome.

Plenty of time to actually write, to deepen, to revise. To give full time and attention to fully realizing one piece of writing: for publishing, for relief, for the love of it. Your motivation. Your choice.

Breathers to share your words out loud, give them voice, and go back in.

Guidance in cracking your heart and your story wide open. To infuse your words with the fullness of your heart. The kind of fullness you hunger for when you read. The kind of fullness that already belongs to you, even if you’ve never learned how to let it loose.

Simple, direct facilitated feedback – not critique – to prompt you to get at the beating center, to breathe life into the bones of your story so that they can get up and dance.

Humor, kindness, and lunch, plus coffee, tea & snacks provided.

Sanctuary space held for you as you go.

You’re invited.

Registration: $175

PM me, and I’ll invoice you. After that, you’ll in-voice yourself and your story.

JEN VIOLI is the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, and finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. As a mentor, editor, and facilitator, Jen helps writers unleash the stories they’re meant to tell, from blogs to websites to award winning books. Jen specializes in helping women access a deep well of joy from which to write stories of healing and transformation.

With advanced degrees in theology and creative writing and certification in the Gateless method, for twenty years Jen has facilitated retreats and workshops and mentored and nurtured hundreds of writers as they find their voices, hone their manuscripts, and take creative dives and leaps.

Jen’s writing has been featured in Sweatpants & Coffee, Lady/Liberty/Lit, Nailed Magazine, Mookychick, The Baltimore Review, Annapurna Living and more.

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December 15, 2018
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Jen Violi
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