Saturday, April 10, 2021
8:00 AM to 4:00 PDT

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This is an online event on Zoom. Once registered a link is sent with the call in information.  

Anne Cushman 


Anne Cushman is the author of the memoir The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood; the novel Enlightenment for Idiots, named by Booklist as one of the top ten first novels of its year; the mindful yoga manifesto Moving Into Meditation; and the India pilgrimage guidebook From Here to Nirvana. Her personal essays on spiritual practice in daily life have been widely published in venues that include the  New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, O: The Oprah Magazine, and  Lion’s Roar.  She is the mentoring director for the international Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program; a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center; and a former editor for both Yoga Journal and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.



Anne Cushman

Come to Your Senses

Write Your Way Home: Creative Writing and Awakening for Women Daylong Retrea 

Online via Zoom: 8 am-4 pm PT

“If you see for yourself, hear for yourself, and enter deeply enough this seeing and hearing, all things will speak with and through you…Zen is less the study of doctrine than a set of tools for discovering what can be known when the world is looked at with open eyes. Poetry can be thought of in much the same way.”

--Jane Hirshfield

Inspire your imagination and unleash your stories in an immersive day of creative writing, meditation, mindful movement, and embodied energy practices. This April daylong will focus on opening and enlivening your senses. Our life stories—whether remembered or dreamed into being—unfold in a cascade of sensory magic: the taste of a ripe nectarine, the click of a dog’s toenails on the kitchen floor, the sound of a garbage truck backing up, the smell of a lover’s neck. 

Good writing demands that we pay attention to the sensory details of our embodied lives. Mindfulness practice opens our sense doors so we can write more vividly—and live more fully.    

 April's Theme: Come to Your Senses


Every Write Your Way Home daylong includes:

* mindful movement practice—accessible to all bodies—with an emphasis on increasing sensitivity, developing inner listening and intuition, and unclogging the body’s centers and pathways of creative energy.  

*guided meditation to settle the mind, open the heart, and connect you with your true nature

*writing prompts and exercises that awaken imagery and story

* inspirational poems and quotes from women writers

*practical teachings to make your writing more vivid and powerful

*sharing your writing in small groups of women without judgment or critique

* down time between online sessions for rest, renewal, and optional journaling/meditation


Session 1 (8:00—9:00 am PT): Mindful Movement, Meditation, and Embodied Energy Practice


Session 2 (10:00-12:00 pm PT): Writing and Meditation Practice


Session 3 (2:00-4:00pm PT): Writing and Meditation Practice

Note: Please plan and commit to attending all sessions as they work together and build on one another.  Your retreat will be most potent if you plan to stay in quiet, reflective “retreat mode” between scheduled sessions.

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$85 or 

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Refund Policy: A full refund minus PayPal or any bank fees is available when notice is given by email at least 72 hours before start of event.