Zen and the Art of Writing
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
- Mar 18, 2018 - Mar 22, 2018 (5 days)
In this contemplative writing retreat we will explore how meditation and mindfulness practices can stimulate the creative process. The focus will be on freeing the natural flow of the creative process and finding/deepening our most natural writing voices. We will alternate meditation, mindfulness and sensory awareness practices with writing practice and other exercises to stimulate creativity and encourage fresh ideas. Most importantly, we will rediscover the freedom, playfulness and joy that made us want to write in the first place. As a process-oriented rather than critically-oriented workshop,
this is open to everyone from beginners to experienced writers, meditators and yoga practitioners. Suitable for writers in any field, from fiction to creative non-fiction, journaling, screenplay, drama or poetry or anyone who simply wishes to explore the contemplative side of the creative process. In the meditative setting provided in this retreat, we will explore a variety of techniques for freeing our natural flow of expression, bypassing the inner critic and accessing our true source of creativity. Close observation exercises, walking meditation and mindfulness practices in the naturally inspiring environment of Lake Louise will enhance awareness of the sensory details that build mindfulness and supply the raw materials for our writing. Develop your own writing style within a supportive and inspiring environment. Some periods will be spent outside.