Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saturday's 'Write from the Heart' Workshop & Other Good Stuff ...

Write from the Heart Workshop
and several other good reasons
to join us Behind the Blue Door ...

This Saturday, 21 May
12.30 to 4.30 pm

The Little Price

It is only with the heart that one can see
rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry (from The Little Prince)

Join us this Saturday for a four-hour workshop on writing from the heart, and giving authentic voice to the truth of our experience, while truly honoring the creative process within a supportive group.  No previous creative writing experience is required or assumed.  Come just as you are, with a notebook and a couple of pens, and see for yourself how this four hours spent together can radically change your life by awakening or reawakening your heart, your spirit, and your writing.

We'll be reading from Pema Chödrön's Start Where You Are:  A Guide to Compassionate Living, a book which I initially stumbled upon at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1999.  I used to spend ages in this public library, reading from Thoreau's journals, writing out whole passages from these and other books, giving myself in the process a true liberal arts education, as well as license to begin to write, myself, creatively and reflectively.  I also met Kurt Vonnegut just outside the front entrance one day, as he stepped out to smoke a cigarette.

I asked him if he had read a book which I'd recently read — a book which I ordered on my lunch hour while in the middle of a nine-month consulting engagement with American Airlines in Miami, Florida and which helped to propel me beyond the business world.  He hadn't, and so I loaned him my copy.  Imagine loaning Kurt Vonnegut a book to read!  Moreover, I arrived home one day to find that he had left a voicemail message telling me he had read the book, how to retrieve it from him, etc.  I thought it a most splendiferous thing at the time to check my voicemail and to have a personal message from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five.

Anyway, I can still remember the exact moment when I was walking past a reshelving cart and Pema Chödrön's book caught my eye.  I plucked it from the cart, took it home and devoured it, and kept renewing it over and over until I, finally, had to return it.  And then I checked the book out again, and continued to renew it, and so on, until it arrived as a Christmas gift in 2000.  It was also Start Where You Are which spurred me on to begin formally meditating and, ultimately, to complete my first ten-day vipassana meditation course in August/September 2001.

The book is chockful of passages to inspire us to begin to let the world in, to let it touch us, to reach our soft spot, and to, thereby, find our wealth of spirit, our source of innate wisdom and compassion.

If you'd like to join us for this heartwarming workshop, please email or telephone me on 07971 774151.  You can either pay (£35) on Saturday — so long as you confirm your booking beforehand — or pay via bank transfer.  If you'd prefer the latter, just let me know and I'll send you the relevant bank details.

Also, there are still spaces for this coming Monday evening's (23 May, 7-9 pm) start to the next 6-week Creative Writing Course.  To book, click here.

And finally, two other topnotch reasons to make a day of coming to Lewes this Saturday:  1) there's a special Saturday Lewes Food Market at Market Tower which starts at 9 am, just a one-or-two-minute walk from the Write from the Heart workshop location Behind the Blue Door @ 177 High Street, and 2) the annual Lewes Book Fair, at Lewes Town Hall, which begins at 10 am (50p entry fee, or free with a copy of Viva Lewes), and this is just around the corner from Market Tower.  And as the workshop doesn't begin until 12.30 pm, you could easily go to the Saturday Market, spend some time perusing books, have lunch at any number of yummy cafés or restaurants in town, and then slip in Behind the Blue Door for a wisdom- and heart-inspiring workshop.  You could even get one of your battered used books rebound at the Book Fair, as I intend to do with my well-and-lovingly-thumbed copy of Deng Ming-Dao's 365 Tao.

I'm really excited about Saturday's workshop, and would love to have you, and perhaps a friend, join us to bask in the company of other warmhearted folk ...

Until then, with warm regards,


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