Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 13–17, 2015

Tuition $525 + 4 nights


Are you ready to experience, and then write forth the truth of who you really are? The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness, which moves us along the path of awakening to our true nature.

Many of our greatest spiritual teachers from around the world were, and are, writers. From Sappho in the 7th century BC to Pema Chödrön, from Rumi in the 13th century to Thomas Merton, Jack Kornfield, and the Dalai Lama—the written word has the power not only to inspire, but also to awaken the very best in the human heart.

Writing & Meditation Retreat

Join us for this exciting week exploring your inner and outer creativity. The days will include periods of sitting meditation, writing exercises, readings, standing meditation, creative visualization, Q&A, sharing and discussion. Come be inspired by your own innate creativity, and experience deeper levels of awareness through the practice of meditation, inquiry, writing and listening to words.

You will learn innovative writing prompts and techniques, ways to free yourself of writing blocks, and how to access deeper levels of creativity. You will leave with stronger writing skills, an expanded sense of your own divine being, as well as an extensive understanding of the connection between creativity and consciousness.

This workshop is ideal for both seasoned and new writers—journal writers, memoirists, novelists, poets and others seeking to explore the written word with an open heart and imaginative mind.

An open poetic identity and the evolution of consciousness: Albert Flynn DeSilver at TEDxSantaCruz

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.