Everyday Awe: Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Everyday Awe — Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A mini-retreat, with Nancy Linnon MA, MFA
Friday, February 24th from 4:00 to 6:00
Saturday February 25th from 10:30 to 4:30
We have each experienced moments of awe—a spectacular vista, a potent moment of gratitude. Feeling awe can be something we long for or believe we lack enough of or think we must go to great lengths to find. But the capacity for awe is present in each of us every day. How do we access it? How do we make it a part of our everyday lives?
Writing, when used as a spiritual practice, can help us.
In this workshop, we will learn what developing writing as a spiritual practice entails. We’ll explore how it can be a tool for becoming more alert to awe. We’ll experience how writing can install past moments of awe deeper into our beings. We will write, as Anais Nin suggests, to “taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection” and restore awe to our everyday lives.
Nancy Linnon, a former journalist for U.S. News & World Report, is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Mothering, Yoga International, Brevity, and Los Angeles Review, as well as the anthologies What Wildness is This: Women Write about the Southwest and Rage and Reconciliation: Inspiring a Healthcare Revolution. She holds a master’s in teaching from Brown University and an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. Her passion is exploring ways of accessing and honoring the creative self through the powerful act of writing.