Writing to Wake the Soul: When Memory and Imagination Meet
March 21-25 (Wednesday-Sunday)
with author Karen Hering
Tuition: $220 before February 21; $270 after, plus meals and lodging
Discover the creative energy and hope that rise when memory and imagination meet in your writing. Whether we write for our own eyes only or for other readers (and whether our words are fiction, memoir, poetry or otherwise), writing invites us to unwrap the gifts of both memory and imagination, seeing not only what has been and is now, but also the extraordinary possibilities of what might still come to pass with our creative engagement.
Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, will lead this writing retreat for both experienced and emerging writers. The retreat includes: personal time for your own writing projects; optional daily guided writing sessions on the theme of memory and imagination; gentle qigong or tai ji to listen to your body; and daily circles and community meals for creative exchange with writing friends, new and old.
Together, we’ll share the gifts and challenges of the writing life, supported by the Christine Center’s generous hospitality, delicious and nourishing meals, peaceful natural setting, and opportunities for silent meditation and spiritual direction or unleashing creativity in the arts studio.
Individual consultations with Karen can also be scheduled in advance (and for an additional fee) to share the spiritual journey of your writing or to discuss your writing process or projects, with or without a writing sample.
Wednesday, March 21 – Sunday, March 25
3-5 pm – Arrival
5:30 pm – Dinner
7-9 pm – Opening Circle/Blessing Our Writing
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
8 am – Breakfast
8:45 am – Silent Meditation in the Chapel
Morning – Writing (or R&R) Time
12:00 – Midday Circle
12:30 pm – Lunch
Afternoon – Writing (or R&R) Time
2:30-4:30 pm – Guided Writing Session (optional)
5-5:30 pm – Dinner
7-9 pm – Evening Gathering/Conversation (Saturday night: group reading)
8 am – Breakfast
8:45 am – Silent Meditation in Chapel
10-11:30 am – Closing Circle/Blessing for the Road
12:30 pm – Lunch (optional)
NOTE: Retreatants staying in hermitages with cooking options are encouraged to register for the noon and evening meals in the retreat house to enjoy tableside conversation and sharing with our gathered community of writers.
Karen Hering is author of Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, named one of the best spiritual books of 2013 and a Silver Nautilus Award winner, honoring “literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, … responsible leadership and positive social change.” Karen serves as consulting literary minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota and leads programs near and far, engaging writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for healing and social action. For writing prompts, blogs, videos and more information, visit: www.karenhering.com.
What Others are Saying
“Each time I have attended Karen’s writing workshops, I have appreciated her insight and ability to inspire participants in a thoughtful and intuitive way and to bring out their creative soul-spirit. Time spent at one of Karen’s writing workshops is well spent, indeed.” – Janis C, Bismarck, ND
“Karen is magically adept at creating a safe and supportive space for workshop participants. I have been so grateful for Karen’s deep listening ear and embracing heart.” – Linda M, St. Paul, MN
“I came away from Karen’s writing retreat feeling connected with other writers, rejuvenated in my own writing, and inspired by Karen’s thoughtful writing exercises.”– Judy L, author, Oak Grove, MN
“Karen is a gifted facilitator and nurturing guide for anyone interested in spiritual writing in community. Last year’s weekend retreat was transformative and a wonderful gift of self-care. I will be among the first to sign up for this year!” – Carreen H, St. Paul, MN
“Karen Hering’s writing retreat is rich in writing development, deep in supportive community, and profound in spiritual insight. I highly recommend the experience.” – P. Smith, Saint Paul, MN