Presence, Prayer and Writing from the Heart with Anne Simpkinson

Friday, February 24, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$75 (includes lunch)

“The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them.
If stories come to you, care for them.
And learn to give them away where they are needed. 
Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
- Barry Lopez, Crow and Weasel

All of us have myriad stories to tell. Some involve our family history, spiritual journey, experiences in nature or a life-changing situation. Stories can take many forms—memoir, essay, poem, series of blog posts, or journal entries—but the most compelling are the ones written from the heart, those that touch and move us and sometimes even transform both the writer and reader. Writing from the heart demands attentiveness, honesty, courage, and a commitment to engage with a creative process that pulls us into the unknown where we are often surprised at what surfaces. It’s a journey of discovery. And what can help are presence and prayer.

In addition to Centering Prayer (CP) sessions - silence can be a portal to the source of creativity - there will be ample time to write, walk, think and converse.

 

Anne A. Simpkinson is an award-winning journalist, editor, and writing coach. She and her former husband Chuck founded Common Boundary, a nonprofit organization that explored the relationship between psychotherapy, spirituality, and creativity. While living in New York City, she rode the media transformation from websites to digital communications in her positions with Beliefnet.com, Prevention magazine, WeightWatchers.com, and Guideposts. She also served as Communications Director for Mercy by the Sea for several years. Anne has been practicing Centering Prayer since 1996. An Introductory CP Workshop facilitator, she leads retreats, workshops, and Quiet Days in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Along with Claire Rusowicz, she co-facilitates a weekly Centering Prayer Zoom group as well as weekend retreats.

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