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Breath, Heart, Story: Creativity from Within - Meditation and Writing

Sunday, July 28, 2019

2:00 PM

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

In this workshop, we test this idea by weaving practices of creative expression - meditation, journaling, creative writing - as vehicles to explore emotions & experiences as honorable and to practice holding space for them with curiosity, compassion, and humor.

Each workshop is designed around a meaningful theme - beauty, generosity, resilience, love, gratitude. We will investigate these themes on the cushion, the blank page, in our body and heart, and with each other.

Inspired by this theme and how it shows up in our life, we will devote some time to generate original writing in the form of stories.

Wilhelm will guide us through a few meditative experiences to kickstart the journaling and writing process. These will focus on finding sensory and emotional gateways which naturally lead to our meditative space. In reflecting on what arises from within, we will then be invited to address these experiences in writing.

Marika will offer several prompts and techniques to guide journalling and creative writing. She will share poetry and meaningful quotes to inspire our own writing flow in the direction of story. In Marika’s portion of the workshop, you will also generate new writing, and share it in a safe and lighthearted way.

Please bring a yoga mat, a blanket or cushion, and your medium for writing.

Instructors’ bios:

Wilhelm Engelbrecht is both a RYT 200 yoga instructor and meditation guide graduated from the inaugural class of the New School of Yogic Arts in 2016.Since then he has completed meditation courses by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and is studying for his 200 hour meditation teacher training with Lorin Roche. He is keenly interested in making the practice accessible for those who live in Boston by introducing small and simple techniques to help navigate the hectic city life. It is now his sincere desire to bring the benefits of meditation to anyone willing to sit.

Marika Preziuso, PhD, is Associate Professor of World Literature and Writing at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a RYT 200 yoga instructor, and a published poet. Her teaching is very informed by an understanding of cultural differences in the classroom, and she leads workshops on cross-cultural communication for art and writing educators (Grub Street, New England Conservatory, MassArt). When she is not teaching or writing, Marika mentors “blocked creatives” to unlock their creative potential through the practices of meditation, yoga, journaling, public speaking, and poetry.

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