Write Around the World – with AWA and me

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Come Experience the AWA Method in Action

Sunday morning,
October 23rd,
10:00 to 1:00
at Trent University in Oshawa,
55 Thornton Road South, Room 116, Oshawa, ON L1J 5Y1

This Sunday participate in “Write Around the World” – a weekend writing event held in support of Amherst Writers & Artists, the organization that trained me to be a writing workshop facilitator back in 2002 and that has trained over 1400 facilitators worldwide. (For more information on the kinds of work AWA facilitators are doing, please click here.)

I will be leading a writing workshop conducted in the AWA method at Trent University in Oshawa on Sunday morning from 10:00 to 1:00. We’ll produce several pieces that morning and participants can choose one to enter with AWA where it will be published on their website. The piece can be one page of poetry or one page of double spaced prose.

There is no fixed cost to this event, but I ask that you either get sponsorship or sponsor yourself. (No donation is too small!) All proceeds will be donated to AWA and you will receive a tax receipt.
 

“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art —the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.” ~Pat Schneider, founder of AWA, in Writing Alone and With Others

 

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Write Around the World – with AWA and me

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Come Experience the AWA Method in Action

Sunday morning,
October 23rd,
10:00 to 1:00
at Trent University in Oshawa,
55 Thornton Road South, Room 116, Oshawa, ON L1J 5Y1

This Sunday participate in “Write Around the World” – a weekend writing event held in support of Amherst Writers & Artists, the organization that trained me to be a writing workshop facilitator back in 2002 and that has trained over 1400 facilitators worldwide. (For more information on the kinds of work AWA facilitators are doing, please click here.)

I will be leading a writing workshop conducted in the AWA method at Trent University in Oshawa on Sunday morning from 10:00 to 1:00. We’ll produce several pieces that morning and participants can choose one to enter with AWA where it will be published on their website. The piece can be one page of poetry or one page of double spaced prose.

There is no fixed cost to this event, but I ask that you either get sponsorship or sponsor yourself. (No donation is too small!) All proceeds will be donated to AWA and you will receive a tax receipt.
 

“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art —the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.” ~Pat Schneider, founder of AWA, in Writing Alone and With Others

 

Please use this registration form to let me know you are coming.

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You can use this button to donate, or you can bring cash or a cheque the day of the workshop:

 

This button will open a portal with a donation of 1.00 and a quantity of 1. Change the quantity to the number of dollars you would like to donate, hit “Tab” or “Enter” so the dollar figure adjusts to the new quantity, and then click the yellow and blue Paypal button to go to the Paypal Portal and complete your payment.

Thank you so much!

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What AWA Facilitators do

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  • Vicki Pinkerton leads writing workshops with the Nuntut Gwit’chen people north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Jill Goodacre writes with First Nation adults and intergenerational survivors who suffer from the legacy of Indian Residential School trauma in British Columbia.
  • Mary Tuchscherer travels to Limbe, Malawi, and writes with teachers and AIDS orphans
  • Aaron Zimmerman offers writing workshops with the incarcerated men at Rikers Island, and in methadone clinics, homeless shelters and afterschool programs in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mary Kim Kaylor leads a writing workshop in a high security hospital with patients and guards in Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Kate Murphy writes with the blind at the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland
  • Katie McCleary offers workshops with hundreds of teens in Sacramento, California

and of course, I’ve been writing for 12 years with women (and occasionally men) incarcerated in the Lindsay Correctional Centre in Ontario. And here in Toronto the Toronto Writers’ Collective are doing terrific work offering free workshops for the last three years to a wide range of marginalized and silenced populations.

This list is both small and huge: small in representing only a fraction of the people that AWA reaches; huge in that it represents the power of what we do.

We who write together know that as our words arrive on the page, we are deeply connected to who we are and to each other. We also know listening to others and being listened to in return is profound. We gave each other this gift, and AWA made it possible.

To sign up for the workshop on Sunday October 23rd, please click this link and register at the bottom.

If you can’t join us but would still like to support the work we do, you can donate here:

 

This button will open a portal with a donation of 1.00 and a quantity of 1. Change the quantity to the number of dollars you would like to donate, hit “Tab” or “Enter” so the dollar figure adjusts to the new quantity, and then click the yellow and blue Paypal button to go to the Paypal Portal and complete your payment.

Thank you so much!

 

Registration for Your One Wild & Precious Life

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
If we receive your cancellation notice up to five days in advance of the retreat, (for instance, if the retreat is on a Saturday, we must hear from you by midnight on the previous Sunday) you may choose to apply your deposit to a future retreat or receive a refund (minus a $20 administration fee).

If you cancel with less than five days notice, (in the example above, for instance, it would be anytime Monday or later) and your spot cannot be filled from a waiting list, no refund will be made. However, you are permitted to sell or gift your spot for that date to another person. If you do this, please email or call Sue (905-985-8389) right away to provide the contact information of your replacement. Since Sue provides lunch, it is important that she know of any dietary restrictions etc.

NOTE: *If a retreat is cancelled for any reason, such as severe winter weather creates dangerous driving conditions, Sue will email and call all registered participants. In this situation, participants may request a full refund or transfer their payment to a future retreat date.
 

A One Day Retreat Workshop: Your One Wild & Precious Life – the Poetry of Presence

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What is the dance between silent, experienced embodiment and translation of that experience into language?

Having engaged with active thought and language, how do we return to the silence again afterward?
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Your One Wild & Precious Life
– the Poetry of Presence

A One Day Workshop with Tanya Porter and Sue Reynolds

 

“Every moment contains a poem – if you haven’t found the poem you haven’t gone deeply enough into the moment” Ellen Bass

 
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The pond 96On October 1st, 2016 join therapeutic writing facilitator Sue Reynolds and the gifted yoga and meditation teacher Tanya Porter for a day of embodied presence and reflective writing.

A day for you to grow still, to refresh and renew in a beautiful environment.

Through the day we will experience the replenishment and nourishment of (very easy) yoga and meditation.
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Then transitioning from the yin to a more yang state, we will move into reflection and expression of our experience through writing.

A day of deep stillness and profound personal presence to nurture you.

Tanya and Sue were interviewed about this program on Whistle Radio (aired May 24th)

Please click the links below to listen to the program:

Part One

Part Two

 
(Please scroll to the bottom of the page to register)


Date: October 1st, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Uplands Writing Retreat, between Uxbridge and Port Perry.
Cost: $110.00 plus HST. Delicious lunch provided!
 
Registration form at the bottom of this page
 

The Facilitators:

Tanya Porter
Tanya Porter
founder of The Inner Space, is a classical yoga and meditation teacher with over 20 years of experience. She is also a multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator and holistic energy practitioner specializing in over 25 years of Theatre, Drum, Dance and creative wellness programming for all ages.  Tanya developed Rhythmic Re-framing®, a healing modality that combines meditation, affirmation, boundary work and vibrational healing through drumming.

Questions?

Contact: tanya@theinnerspace.ca

 

Sue Reynolds
Susan Lynn Reynolds
is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist. She teaches writing through workshops in the community, in college continuing education programs, and in social services settings.

She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for twelve years, a program for which she received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.

She leads professional training for Amherst Writers International and the Toronto Writers Collective and is the Executive Director of Amherst Writers Canada.
 

 

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
If we receive your cancellation notice up to five days in advance of the retreat, (for instance, if the retreat is on a Saturday, we must hear from you by midnight on the previous Sunday) you may choose to apply your deposit to a future retreat or receive a refund (minus a $20 administration fee).

If you cancel with less than five days notice, (in the example above, for instance, it would be anytime Monday or later) and your spot cannot be filled from a waiting list, no refund will be made. However, you are permitted to sell or gift your spot for that date to another person. If you do this, please email or call Sue (905-985-8389) right away to provide the contact information of your replacement. Since Sue provides lunch, it is important that she know of any dietary restrictions etc.

NOTE: *If a retreat is cancelled for any reason, such as severe winter weather creates dangerous driving conditions, Sue will email and call all registered participants. In this situation, participants may request a full refund or transfer their payment to a future retreat date.
 

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We look forward to spending a day with you in deep presence and reflection.

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
If we receive your cancellation notice up to five days in advance of the retreat, (for instance, if the retreat is on a Saturday, we must hear from you by midnight on the previous Sunday) you may choose to apply your deposit to a future retreat or receive a refund (minus a $20 administration fee).

If you cancel with less than five days notice, (in the example above, for instance, it would be anytime Monday or later) and your spot cannot be filled from a waiting list, no refund will be made. However, you are permitted to sell or gift your spot for that date to another person. If you do this, please email or call Sue (905-985-8389) right away to provide the contact information of your replacement. Since Sue provides lunch, it is important that she know of any dietary restrictions etc.

NOTE: *If a retreat is cancelled for any reason, such as severe winter weather creates dangerous driving conditions, Sue will email and call all registered participants. In this situation, participants may request a full refund or transfer their payment to a future retreat date.

Keep Calm and Write On

Writing to promote tranquility and resilience in an anxious age

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Scope: Thursday afternoons for 6 weeks

Dates: March 24 – April 28

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Call Blue Heron to register: 905-852-4282

$180.00 + HST for 6 classes

 
 
For thirty years psychologists have been researching how expressive writing and other forms of writing can help individuals who are experiencing psychological distress. The outcomes of the research have shown that writing down “what distresses and dismays you” can significantly relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Most of the studies have used a protocol focused on individuals writing alone to specific instructions. But more recently research has shown that writing together can enhance the development of the protective processes of self-esteem, self-efficacy, coping strategies, social support, and cultural connections.

Using the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of facilitating writing workshops, research conducted with youth has shown that writing together promotes connection to self through feelings, reflection, and behaviors, as well as connection to others through learning and empathy. Writing in a group using this specific approach facilitates emotional catharsis, increased self-knowledge, coping strategies, and understanding and appreciating of others.

At the Blue Heron Studio in Uxbridge Ontario, starting March 24th for 6 weeks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. high school-age participants have the opportunity to explore their experiences through a writing workshop conducted in the AWA method.

Begin Again

Costa Rica

As we set out for our writing and yoga retreat in Costa Rica this year, the excitement began before we even left Toronto. As we found each other in the check-in line at Pearson International Airport, we squealed and hugged, and jumped up and down with the pleasure of meeting friends with whom we had not written for a year or more.

Over the usual wait at the gate and the five hour flight and the van ride to Hatillo, we caught up. One of the questions I always ask at the beginning of a retreat is, “How’s your writing going?”

I ask because I am genuinely curious. But I also ask because I am gauging what the temperature of the workshop will be on the first morning. Where are all these writers at, both as a group and individually?

This trip I got a range of answers that included:

“Life’s been crazy! I haven’t been writing at all.”

“I’m so rusty – I’m afraid there’s not going to be anything in my pen.”

And from the new participant who had never “written” before and who didn’t consider herself “a writer” a frank, “I don’t know what I’m doing on this trip!”

That first morning, as class was beginning, one of the writers showed me the brand new journal she had bought for the retreat – a gorgeous, tooled-leather, hard cover book. She turned to the first blank page and looked up at me with pretend terror on her face. “I don’t know if I can write anything,” she confessed. “I’ve forgotten how to do this.”

I had my own anxieties on this trip; mine were about yoga. It had been 6 months since I was last on the mat and 10 months since I’d done yoga for more than a single day at a time. Lately my body had been feeling very stiff and out of shape. Continue reading

A Journey of Holistic Intimacy

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By Susan Lynn Reynolds
Article in IntMagazine

This article appeared in the International Lifestyle magazine in Summer 2014. But the subject of the article is the benefits as a writer and simply as a human being of traveling and writing together, so with the announcement of our upcoming writing/yoga workshop in Ireland, I thought it was worth adding here.
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This beautiful world is full of luscious, and even holistic, experiences – all you have to do is flip through the pages of this magazine to be convinced of that. Travelling and “retreating” in groups is everywhere: bus tours, cruises, golf holidays, photography groups, painting groups, yoga and meditation groups.

So why writing? And why in a group? Aren’t writers supposed to be scratching away alone in a garret somewhere?

Three words: Intimacy. Meaning. Affirmation.

Travelling together tends to promote intimacy no matter what the format. You can’t help regard another human being with more affection after you’ve seen them before their first coffee of the day.

But when we know we are in a safe space and we write together – stories from our lives, or poems, essays, or fiction – we tell things in a different way than our everyday, anecdotal voice. Continue reading

A Novel Beginning – Crafting Your Novel

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow

Scope: Friday mornings, 6 sessions over 9 weeks

Dates: April 1 to April 29th.
Three week break to work on novel.
Final wrap class: May 20th

Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm

Call Blue Heron to register: 905-852-4282

$180.00 + HST for 6 classes

 

Even if you don’t get your entire novel written during this nine week period, you will develop your characters, their problems, their dilemmas, their transformative arcs, their worlds, and the plot points that will give you a strong framework to finish that book you’ve been promising yourself you’ll write one day.
 

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They Live Forever in Our Broken Hearts:

Writing to Heal from Loss and Grief


Scope: Tuesday mornings for 6 weeks

Dates: March 29 – May 3

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Call Blue Heron to register: 905-852-4282

$180.00 + HST for 6 classes

Every loss carries some degree of grief with it, and every grief has its own radioactive half-life. When we are in the midst of grief it can feel like a desert from which we will never escape, and there is no one-size-fits-all method for emerging, whole and healed and happy again, from that parched landscape. But decades of scientific research have shown that a written exploration of what distresses us in a safe and supportive environment helps individuals find their way.

 

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Keep Calm and Write On: Writing to promote tranquility and resilience in an anxious age

Bird tattoos come to life, freedom concept

 

Scope: Thursday afternoons for 6 weeks

Dates: March 24 – April 28

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Call Blue Heron to register: 905-852-4282

$180.00 + HST for 6 classes

 
 
For thirty years psychologists have been researching how expressive writing and other forms of writing can help individuals who are experiencing psychological distress. The outcomes of the research have shown that writing down “what distresses and dismays you” can significantly relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Most of the studies have used a protocol focused on individuals writing alone to specific instructions. But more recently research has shown that writing together can enhance the development of the protective processes of self-esteem, self-efficacy, coping strategies, social support, and cultural connections.

Using the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method of facilitating writing workshops, research conducted with youth has shown that writing together promotes connection to self through feelings, reflection, and behaviors, as well as connection to others through learning and empathy. Writing in a group using this specific approach facilitates emotional catharsis, increased self-knowledge, coping strategies, and understanding and appreciating of others.

At the Blue Heron Studio in Uxbridge Ontario, starting March 24th for 6 weeks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. high school-age participants have the opportunity to explore their experiences through a writing workshop conducted in the AWA method.

 

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A portfolio of SoulCollage cards

It can be hard to explain SoulCollage to someone who hasn’t tried it. So here are some examples of cards. The slide show may take a minute to load.

I am one who has a sacred relationship with nature
I am one who is always thinking
I am one who is in the lineage of excellent writing treachers
I am one who is whirling in the gyre
I am one who receives wisdom through dreaming
I am one who travels for spiritual reasons
I am one who whirls in the Universe's love
I am the Mother Bear
I am the one for whom the way is guarded
I am the one in touch with my own nature
I am the one who bathes in FLOW
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I am the one who finds peace in my own stillness
I am the one who gets myself into precarious situations
I am the one who goes to the depths to discover treasure
I am the one who has to be in control
I am the one who is a household drudge
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I am the one who is a visual artist
I am the one who is armoured
I am the one who is aware of my own beauty
I am the one who is chained to my desk
I am the one who is nurturing something new
I am the one who is persistent
I am the one who is working on my own transformation
I am the one who knows what's wrong with you
I am the one who knows when to use anger appropriately
I am the one who needs to get away by myself
I am the one who needs to trust my own artistic vision
I am the one who rides to the rescue
I am the one with a door behind my heart
I am the shape shifter from your solar plexus
I am death
I am one who frightens myself
I am one who is barely keeping my head above water
I am the inner child
I am the one who gets furious sometimes
I am the one who gives my creative time away
I am the one who is charting my own course
I am the one who is mad at my partner
I am the one who is present to wonder in the world

I am the one who is charting my own courseOne thing to know about SoulCollage is that it’s just enormous fun. You can get lost for hours choosing images intuitively or intentionally. Then there’s the assembly of the card. Working out which images belong with which. Each of these cards has a name, a persona, and wisdom to share if I choose to engage with it. This all becomes gradually clear as I engage with the process.

Are your fingers itching to start cutting and pasting to make your own?

2015 Summer Weekend Writing Retreats near Toronto

Slideshow of the Uplands location at the bottom of this page.

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July Retreat:

Thursday Evening, July 16, to Sunday Afternoon July 19.

Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

August Retreat:

Thursday Evening, August 20, to Sunday Afternoon August 23.

Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Uplands Retreats

Sue Reynolds has been hosting and facilitating single day writing sanctuaries for 10 years. In the mornings, participants write from prompts that Sue provides. Then they have the opportunity to read their freshly created poetry and prose in a supportive group environment. After lunch, writers enjoy a few hours of silent writing time. Writers are enriched and delighted by these day-long immersions and often find that their writing has surpassed their expectations.

A few years ago, participants lingered and protested that they didn’t want to go home – they wanted to stay forever and keep writing! Someone suggested the idea of a Sanctuary Pyjama Party and the Residential Sanctuary was born.

Now in it’s 5th year, the Residential Summer Sanctuaries have been relocated from the Orillia location to the Uplands Writing Retreat which is located halfway between Port Perry and Uxbridge on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine.

The retreat begins on Thursday evenings with a light meal and an introductory session of writing. After a full-fare breakfast on the remaining three mornings, Sue provides prompts to launch writers into their craft. Afternoons are spent in silence – writing, walking, swimming, resting. Participants meet in the late afternoon to share their new writing, although sharing is always completely optional. The retreat winds up mid afternoon on Sunday.

Guests may choose from modest, private or semi-private accommodations. All delicious and healthy meals are included.

OPTIONAL: restorative yoga will be provided locally Friday and Saturday evenings. (The cost for this optional activity is extra – approximately $20 per session.)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Slideshow from the Uplands Retreat Location:

A perfect summer sanctuary day
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Famous Sanctuary Rhubarb muffins
Home in the fall
Home
horses in the setting sun
Hummingbird at the feeder
on the dock
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Reading by the water
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Tent beds
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Writing on the dock near sunset
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Ellen Bass Workshop Toronto, Oct. 24 & 25, 2015

Photo by Irene Young

Photo by Irene Young


Ellen Bass is an extraordinary poet, teacher and author.

Having been lucky enough to study with her in California and in Mallorca, Sue and James dearly wanted to bring her to the writing community in Toronto.

The stars (and the International Festival of Authors!) have finally aligned.

Ellen will be here teaching a 2 day workshop and reading at the IFOA the weekend of October 24 & 25. The way Ellen teaches poetry is not to be missed!
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Click here for more information about the weekend, and to register

 

Biography:

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Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA Editions), which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday).

Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two Pushcart Prizes.

Her non-fiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth(HarperCollins), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(HarperCollins), and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(Harper Collins), which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages.

She currently is teaching in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University and has taught poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, CA and at other beautiful locations nationally and internationally.

Click here for more information about the weekend, and to register

An Invitation, especially for Mothers and Daughters,

to spend a Soulful (and fun!) Saturday on May 9th

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SOULCOLLAGE WORKSHOP)

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In SoulCollage, part of the practice is to create cards for our “community” — those who have so deeply influenced us that they have become part of us. For whom is that more true than for our mothers and/or our children?

On Saturday May 9th the Inner Space will be offering a SoulCollage workshop with a particular (optional) focus on making cards that honour those close family relationships. Bring your mother and/or your daughter (or both!) and share a day of rich exploration, celebration and, most of all, fun!
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SoulCollage SuppliesSoulCollage is a creative, fun tool for easy, intuitive, artful Self-exploration and Self-expression. It is an artistic, creative process that is accessible to everyone, even those people who believe they have no artistic ability.

Using imagination and intuition, participants create their own collaged cards representing significant aspects of their lives. And they do all this from simple materials: magazine images, photographs, scissors, glue, and heavy card.

Once an individual SoulCollage card has been created, participants are invited to step deeper into each card through journalling, visualization and other activities.

All necessary materials will be provided. We suggest that participants may also want to bring duplicates of pictures of their mothers or their children, or both, to use in making cards.

Date: May 9th, 2015
Place: The Inner Space, Stouffville

Address: 6248 Main Street REAR, Stouffville
(in behind Moonflowers, Rear doors on Library Lane)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $85.00 plus HST

for a single participant, $70 each for a pair (mother/daughter, friend/friend) etc.

Included: All SoulCollage supplies.

You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, or there are local places you can walk to and get something to eat.
 

Sue Reynolds

The Facilitator:

Sue Reynolds is a writer, therapist and facilitator. She works clients and participants in a variety of modalities, including creative writing, journalling, and SoulCollage.

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

Pen In Hand, Ink On Page – Friday Morning Edition Winter 2015

Whether you have an ongoing project (like a novel, group of short stories, or book of memoirs) or just need some stimulation to get you writing, this faciliated writing space is designed to create time to devote to your work.

Each week this group will focus on some aspect of the writing craft, as well as writing in class to prompts designed to support you in your writing process. Leave each class with new pieces of writing begun to inspire you through the coming week and new understanding of techniques designed to improve your skills as a memoirist, non-fiction or fiction writer.

Each week there is also OPTIONAL homework, where you will get one on one feedback on your work.

6 Weeks – January 9, 16, 23, 30, (NO CLASS February 6th) February 13 and 20

Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon

Because it’s winter, if we have to cancel because of bad weather, we will replace cancelled dates at the end of the series, so please also keep February 27 and March 6th available as replacement dates if necessary.

$180 plus HST
(50% deposit required upon registration)

Location: Uplands Writing Retreat, halfway between Port Perry and Uxbridge.

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January 9, 16, 23, 30, (NO CLASS February 6th) February 13 and 20

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2015 SoulCollage Workshop with Pat Schneider and Sue Reynolds

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Dates:

June 4 to 7, 2015

Place:

Amherst, Massachusetts

Times:

Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m., to Sunday afternoon, 1:00 p.m.

Included:

All meals and SoulCollage supplies.
Accomodations are extra; a list of local places is available at this link.

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SoulCollage is a creative, fun tool for easy, intuitive, artful Self-exploration and Self-expression. It is an artistic, creative process that is accessible to everyone, even those people who believe they have no artistic ability.

Using imagination and intuition, participants create their own decks of collaged cards representing significant aspects of their lives. And they do all this from simple materials: magazine images, photographs, scissors, glue, and heavy card.

Once an individual SoulCollage card has been created, participants are invited to step deeper into each card through journalling, visualization and other activities.
SoulCollage Supplies

Teachers, therapists, and people all over the world use this powerful process in workshops and psychotherapy, classrooms, retreats, and coaching sessions (to name a few). There are more than 1200 trained SoulCollage Facilitators worldwide.

The weekend in Amherst will begin on Thursday night with a gathering at Pat Schneider‘s home. Participants will be introduced to the SoulCollage process and begin their engagement through writing through images.

The schedule for Friday and Saturday will be the same for both days: we will gather in a local church hall to work on our own decks of cards.
Witnessing ceremony

Lessons about the SoulCollage process, as well as some visualization techniques, will be woven in with times of creative collage. In the evenings, after dinner, participants will gather again in Pat Schneider’s home to deepen the process through writing exercises.

Our final meeting will be at Pat’s home on Sunday morning where we will experience how the process can be expanded through dialogue with the images we have created, and will end with a witnessing exercise and a celebratory lunch.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sue through the form on this website.

At this link, you can read Pat Schneider’s response to the workshop last year.

At this link, you can read her original post, full of trepidation before the retreat began.

Cost: $950 (includes meals but not accomodation – suggestions for accomodation available here.)
A 50% deposit is required to secure your place in the workshop.

 

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Sanctuary and SoulCollage Dates announced for 2015

 
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Sanctuary Rates for 2015: $80 plus HST
 

Saturdays in 2015

Sundays in 2015

 

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

January 11

FULL – waitlist only

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

January 17

1 spot left

 

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

January 24

 

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

February 7

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

February 8

2 spots left

Soul Collage with Sue Reynolds

February 21

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

February 22

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

March 7

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

March 8

FULL – waitlist only

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

March 21

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

March 22

April 11 – 21 – Radical Restoration in Umbria Italy

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RHYMES AT THE ROM Toronto workshop

May 16

Covers entrance to the ROM, all workshop activities, and one drink at the Happy Hour Reading afterwards at a local restaurant starting at 5:00 p.m.

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

May 17

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

May 23

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

May 24

May 30 + 31 – Soul Collage Weekend near Parry Sound

Details to be announced

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Soul Collage with Sue Reynolds

June 14

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

June 20

 

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

June 27

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

June 28

 

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

July 12

July 16 – 19 – Residential Retreat

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Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

July 25

 

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

August 8

 

August 20- 23  Residential Retreat

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Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

September 19

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

September 20

Soul Collage with Sue Reynolds

September 26

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

September 27

 

Autumn Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop – at the McMichael Gallery

October 4

Covers entrance to the Gallery, all workshop activities, and one drink at the Happy Hour Reading afterwards at a local restaurant starting at 5:00 p.m.

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

October 17

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

October 18

End of October – 2 Day Toronto Workshop with American Poet Ellen Bass

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End of October – Poetry and Writers’ Sanctuary Weekend Concurrent near Parry Sound

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Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

November 21

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

November 22

Poetry Sanctuary with James Dewar

November 28

Soul Collage with Sue Reynolds

November 29

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

December 5

Writers’ Sanctuary with Sue Reynolds

December 6

 
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Click here to go to Radical Restoration Retreats

We’ve booked next year’s retreat in Italy for April 11 – 21. To read more, please go to the Radical Restoration site.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Click here to go to Radical Restoration Retreats
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Growing As A Writer – Safety AND Craft

The AWA Method of Writing

“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art – the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.”
Pat Schneider Writing Alone and With Others

Chicago Training 400

I have just returned from Chicago where, once again, I had the privilege of helping with the training of a group of brand new AWA facilitators.

“What is AWA?” you may ask (as so many writers do when I trot out those letters.)

AWA stands for Amherst Writers and Artists, and their philosophy is a simple one: every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. The AWA method, which is fully described in founder Pat Schneider’s book Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford University Press, 2003, and available at www.patschneider.com), provides just such an environment. Continue reading

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