Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Mirabai Starr––Transformational Writing Workshops
Beloved Friends and Family,
Even as the light is slowly returning to the Northern Hemisphere, I am starting to poke my head out of the cave (and then slip right back in again) to make some preparations for the birth of my forthcoming book baby, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.
Starting in the spring, we will be having all kinds of Wild Mercy gatherings – readings, book signings, workshops and retreats – throughout 2019. I’ll be in the Pacific Northwest in late March and early April and the Northeast (with a short spell in the Southeast) in late April and early May. In between there will be a bunch of book signings in the Southwest, with a special launch event here in my hometown of Taos on April 14, followed by Boulder, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Opportunities to gather around the sacred feminine continue through the summer and into the fall, with workshops and retreats on both coasts and in the Midwest.
Stand by for specifics on all this coming very soon.
In the meantime, if you have been considering attending a “Writing Your Story of Loss & Transformation” workshop, which I hold twice a year at Ghost Ranch in magical Abiquiu, New Mexico, I thought you might appreciate a summary of the difference between the spring and fall versions.
In the spring (well, this year, because of the book launch, it happens in late February), I offer direct teaching, specific writing prompts and guided exercises. If you have been smoldering with a story to share about a loss that transfigured the ground of your life yet unsure how to begin, this is the gathering for you. You don’t have to be a beginning writer, but this may serve as the catalyst for beginning a longer, finished piece. Writing practice is interwoven with meditation and hiking in the desert.
The first workshop is from February 25-March 2 (more info HERE)
If you are already working on a longer piece of writing about a transformational loss and feel like you need a supportive space and time to really drop in and either finish or make significant progress, in a caring community of other writers working with similar themes, then this is your gathering. I hold space for you to write and edit on your own and in small self-selected groups, but, aside from morning warm-up practices, talks about craft and a private interview, I’m much less hands-on. For this “deepening” retreat, I’d prefer to have people who have worked with me before, but it’s not mandatory. We can have a conversation about that. This one also includes meditation and hiking too, because, well, it’s the most spectacular landscape on the planet.
The deepening retreat is from September 16-21.
Due to the size of Casa del Sol, the restored adobe hacienda on the remote outskirts of the Ghost Ranch property where we hold these retreats, our gatherings are small and intimate, with room for a maximum of 20 writers. These events fill quickly, so let Jaime know if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the deep quiet of winter,
with my love,