Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
This workshop will be experiential in nature, including guided mindfulness practices, timed writings, and opportunities to share writing and discuss implementation. After a brief “arriving” mindfulness practice, I will introduce free-writing guidelines, such as keeping your hand moving, not stopping to worry about grammar or spelling or whether what you’re writing is “appropriate.” Next participants will do a ten-minute quick write using a prompt related to mindfulness practice, such as the following: write about a moment you enjoyed today. Include details of what you saw, smelled, heard, etc.
We will follow this writing period with a guided mindfulness practice, at the start and end of which a poem appreciating a moment, such as Mary Oliver’s “The Summer Day” will be read. This poem reminds us that life is not only about doing, but also about being. We will take up the question that ends the poem as our writing prompt: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
After another ten-minute writing period, participants will share their writing with a partner. A simple, non-evaluative method of providing feedback will be used in which the listener recalls words or phrases that they remember hearing. This activity challenges the receiver to attend carefully to what was shared, and also alerts the writer to the juiciest parts, which they may choose to expand upon later.