Workshops & Retreats

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Workshop Methods

I use two primary methods in my workshops and retreats:

 

The Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, founded by Pat Schneider, which is a time-tested way to encourage writers to be bold and experimental with their writing.

 

Journaling, which draws on the pioneering work of Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Journal to the Self® method.

 

I have indicated which method is primary in each of the listings below (although sometimes I do like to mix and match!). For more information about each of these methods, click on the links above.

All workshop times are EST.

Begins March 1
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop 
SECTION A: Mondays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., March 1 - April 5 (6 weeks)
Online via Zoom

 

Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider said, "Everyone is born with creative genuis." This means you! In this generative workshop, you’ll receive a wide variety of writing prompts to fire up your imagination, write in whichever genre(s) you choose, and read your work aloud if you wish. All feedback will celebrate what is strong and memorable in your writing. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome.

 

This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop. To learn more about this workshop method, click here.

This workshop is full. If you wish to be placed on a drop-in list, please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com. The cost to drop in is $30.

Begins March 3
Writing from the Heart: A Women's Creative Writing Workshop 
SECTION B: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 3 - April 7 (6 weeks)
Online via Zoom

 

Amherst Writers & Artists founder Pat Schneider said, "Everyone is born with creative genuis." This means you! In this generative workshop, you’ll receive a wide variety of writing prompts to fire up your imagination, write in whichever genre(s) you choose, and read your work aloud if you wish. All feedback will celebrate what is strong and memorable in your writing. Come and share your stories in this wise and encouraging community! Women writers at any level of experience are welcome.

 

This is an Amherst Writers & Artists workshop. To learn more about this workshop method, click here.

 

Cost: $150. Please register via the PayPal button. If finances are a hardship for you at this time, or if you wish to pay by check, please email lisa@marketstreetwriters.com.

Sun.,
March 21
Finding Balance: A Journaling Workshop
Sunday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m. 
Online via Zoom

 

The Spring Equinox, a time when day and night are in balance, occurs on March 20. This seems like a good time to take stock of our lives and ask some essential questions about how we might find better balance for ourselves. In this one-hour workshop, you will be offered several writing prompts, which you can respond to however you wish. The writing you do in a journaling workshop is just for you, although there will be opportunities to share reflections on your writing. Come and explore your fascinating interior landscape!

 

Cost: Donation of any amount; $20 suggested. All proceeds from this workshop will benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief, which has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Begins
April 9
Flowering from Within: Journaling and Self-Compassion
(with CCT Instructor Laura Banks)
Fridays, 2 to 4 p.m., April 9 - 30 (4 weeks)
Online via Zoom

“for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing”

– Galway Kinnell, “Saint Francis and the Sow” 

 

This has been a difficult year, and each of us carries the weight of these times in unique and personal ways. Wisdom traditions offer the possibility that our grief and losses can become rich soil for transformation. Along these lines, the benefits of self-compassion and its connection to resilience, personal growth, and flourishing are solidly established by a growing body of research. Yet many people struggle with the concept of self-compassion and how to experience the mindfulness, connection to our common humanity, and kindness that self-compassion can engender. This workshop is designed to explore the cultivation of self-compassion through journaling, meditation, discussion, and engaged, embodied exercises. Join Laura Banks, Certified Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) Instructor, and Lisa Colburn, Certified Journal to the Self® instructor, as we look at our lives through the lens of self-compassion and discover the art of “flowering from within.”

 

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

 

  • Learn more about the research behind self-compassion, including common challenges to developing self-compassion

  • Explore specific practices that increase self-compassion, such as reflective journaling and meditation

  • Experiment with journaling prompts designed to prime and cultivate self-compassion

  • Write and reflect in community

  • Receive a list of resources to support your personal journaling and self-compassion practices

 

Cost: $125. Please register via the PayPal link or send an email to lisa@marketstreetwriters.com if you would prefer to pay by check. If finances are a hardship for you at this time, a sliding scale can be arranged.

About Laura

Laura Banks is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) Instructor, dual certified by the Compassion Institute and Stanford University. She is inspired by and seeks to strengthen her own and others' capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion. You can find out more about Laura by visiting www.lauralbanks.com.

© 2021 by Lisa Kinney Colburn

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