2019 Workshops/Retreats

Capturing the Muse: A One-Day Retreat for Writers

Give yourself the gift of a day of writing: a quiet day in a bucolic setting, surrounded by a small group of other writers.  Join Open Book’s one-day writing retreat and focus on your important creative work!

This Open Book Writers Retreat will nudge you out of your typical writing patterns by helping you to exercise your creative muscles in a new way. We’ll focus on the spiritual and the artistic aspects of your creative process in order to help you break through to new insights and new ways of working.

The day will present two hands-on workshops, with quiet writing time interspersed. I will lead the morning workshop of mindful writing–meditations, writing exercises and sharing–in which we will focus on quieting the inner critic and connecting with our creativity.

The afternoon workshop will be led by Janice Merendino, winner of the Moore College of Art and Design 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Janice will lead a workshop that uses drawing techniques to support and enhance your work as a writer.

Visit Open Book for more details.

DATE: Saturday, January 12
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Manor House at Whitman Farm, Blue Bell, PA 19422
COST: $150
REGISTER.


The Body Tells the Story – A Day-long Mindful Writing Retreat

We are often in our heads, distracted and not present for our lives as they are happening. We are disembodied. When we become disconnected from our bodies, we can become disconnected from our truest self and our creativity. Our bodies hold our memories, our experiences, and are a way to our inner life and our unique ideas. Spend a day reconnecting with your body and the stories it has to tell through meditation and writing exercises. Share your experiences and words in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. We will be writing by hand, so please remember to bring pen and paper. No prior writing or meditation experience required.

This is an expanded version of the workshop.

DATE:    Saturday, February, 23
TIME:    9:30am to 4:00pm
WHERE: Ralston Center (University City)
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
COST:   $95.00
REGISTER.

Registration Deadline: February 18th
This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.


Past Workshops/Retreats

Building a Mindful Writing Practice (6 week series) – SOLD OUT !!

Mindfulness silences the noise, so that we can discover what pulls on our souls. In this six-week course, we will create a mindful approach to our writing practice. Each week through meditation and writing, we will see how mindfulness can create a space for our creativity. We will explore how to create a mindful writing habit, silence our inner critic and discover the stories we want to tell. We will open ourselves to our thoughts and to the page without judgment and let our ideas flow. No prior mindfulness or writing experience required. Be sure to bring pen and paper!
Registration Deadline: October 4

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.

DATE:  6 Thursday evenings: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
WHERE: Penn Program for Mindfulness Offices
3930 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
COST: $325.00


The Body Tells the Story: Writing, Yoga & Meditation
with Susan Barr-Toman and Corina Benner (3 hour workshop)

Our bodies hold our memories, our experiences. When we become disconnected from our bodies, we can become disconnected from our truest self and our creativity. Spend an afternoon reconnecting with your body and the stories it has to tell through meditation, movement, and writing exercises, and share your experience and words in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. We will be writing by hand, so please remember to bring pens and paper. No prior writing or meditation experience required.

WHERE:  WakeUp Yoga – Rittenhouse
2030 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-235-1228
DATE:  Saturday, November 3
TIME:  1:00pm to 4:00pm
COST:  $60.00
Register here.


The Body Tells the Story : A Mindful Writing Workshop (3 hour workshop)

Our bodies hold our memories, our experiences. When we become disconnected from our bodies, we can become disconnected from our truest self and our creativity. Spend an afternoon reconnecting with your body and the stories it has to tell through meditation, movement, and writing exercises. Share your experience and words in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. We will be writing by hand, so please remember to bring pens and paper. No prior writing or meditation experience required.

WHERE:  Ohmgrown Yoga
805 Hopkins Road
Westmont, NJ 08033
info@OHMGrownyoga.com
DATE:  Saturday, September 29
TIME:  12:00pm to 3:00pm
COST:  $50.00


Showing Up: Introduction to Mindful Writing (2.5 hour workshop)

In mindfulness meditation, we set aside time each day to show up to our practice.
We are present to our thoughts, emotions and feelings without judgment. What
happens when we bring that same attend to our writing? In this introductory
workshop, we will explore the benefits of mindful writing through a mix of meditation
and writing exercises. We will focus our attention and free our imaginations. Those
new to mindfulness and/or writing are welcome. Be sure to bring pen and paper!
Registration Deadline: September 6

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.

DATE:  Thursday, September 13, 2018
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: Ralston Center (University City), Room 241
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
COST: $59.00


Workshops in Spring, 2018

Building a Mindful Writing Practice (6 weeks)
Mindfulness silences the noise, so that we can discover what pulls on our souls. In this six-week course, we will create a mindful approach to our writing practice. Each week through meditation and writing, we will see how mindfulness can create a space for our creativity. We will explore how to create a mindful writing habit, silence our inner critic and discover the stories we want to tell. We will open ourselves to our thoughts and to the page without judgment and let our ideas flow. No prior mindfulness or writing experience required. Be sure to bring paper and pen!

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.


Retreats in Spring, 2018

Connecting to Your Creative Self: A Mindful Writing Retreat (1-day)
Deadline: June 8th  

Step away from the noise of the world with this daylong mindful writing retreat. Through meditation, writing exercises, and sharing our experiences, we will free ourselves to connect with our creativity and the stories we have to tell. No prior mindfulness or writing experience required. Be sure to bring paper and pen!

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.

DATE:  June 16
TIME: 9:30am to 4:00pm  *There will be a one hour lunch break. Lunch will not be provided.
WHERE: Ralston Center (University City)
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
COST: $95.00
Register here.


Workshops in Fall, 2017

Building a Mindful Writing Practice (4 weeks)
Registration Deadline: October 11th  

Mindfulness silences the noise, so that we can discover what pulls on our souls. In
this four-week course, we will create a mindful approach to our writing practice.
Each week through meditation and writing, we will see how mindfulness can help us
get past the obstacles that hinder our writing. We will explore how to generate ideas,
maintain focus, and get down to what it is we really want to say. We will open ourselves
to our thoughts and to the page without judgment and let our ideas flow. Those new
to mindfulness and/or writing are welcome.

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.


Showing Up: Introduction to Mindful Writing (3-hour workshop)
Registration Deadline: September 22nd

In mindfulness meditation, we set aside time each day to show up to our practice.
We are present to our thoughts, emotions and feelings without judgment. What
happens when we bring that same attend to our writing? In this introductory
workshop, we will explore the benefits of mindful writing through a mix of meditation
and writing exercises. We will focus our attention and free our imaginations. Those
new to mindfulness and/or writing are welcome. Be sure to bring paper and pen!

This is offered through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Contact the program at 215-615-2774 or mindfulness@uphs.upenn.edu.


Breathe and Write: Calming Our Minds and Getting to Work

Often when we finally get the time to write, we question whether we should be doing something else, if it’s a selfish act, if we’re any good or what we should be writing. Give yourself an afternoon to calm the mind through mindfulness meditation and writing exercises and stop those critical thoughts so you can get down to work.

Be sure to bring paper and pen/pencil.

DATE:   Fall, 2017
TIME:   TBA
WHERE:  Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane (at Greene Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Telephone:  214-844-1870


Beginning Again: Writing and the Writing Life –  How Mindfulness Can Inform Our Writing Practice

In this workshop, we will see how mindfulness can help us return to writing. Through a mix of meditations and writing exercises, we’ll consider our writing practice and how to approach our work without judgment. We will focus our attention and free our imaginations.

DATE:   Sunday November 6, 2016
TIME:   2:30pm to 4:00pm
WHERE: Open Book Bookstore
7900 High School Road
(inside The Frame House and across the street from Creekside Co-op)
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Telephone: 267-627-4888