Writing as a Path to Awakening
Albert Flynn DeSilver
September 16–20, 2020
Note: This program is being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.
“Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing workshops.” — Cheryl Strayed, International Bestselling author of WILD
“This week has been transformational—kind, sweet, and truly satisfying.” — B. T. Chicago, IL
“The grace, gentleness, and subtlety of your teachings and your presence allows a safe, trusting open space where delicate possibilities can emerge.” — E. B. Louisville, CO
“Writing as a Path to Awakening” was so much more than I anticipated. Albert’s teachings and meditations truly helped open me up in ways and at depths I never expected.” — S. D. Denver, CO
Join us for a transformational week of creativity and spiritual awakening. The week will include dynamic meditations, innovative writing exercises, and fun movement experiences, all designed to open you up to your true creative nature! In this extraordinary workshop, you will experience. . .
- Time to write and to explore a deeper level of personal creativity!
- Creative wisdom, insight, peace of mind and heart!
- Meaningful connection and support in creative community!
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 BCE 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.
Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. His latest book is Writing as a Path to Awakening (based on his popular workshops by the same name) published by Sounds True. Albert served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others. He is also the author of the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus reviews called “a beautifully written memoir poignant and inspirational. . ..” Albert received a BFA from the University of Colorado and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Albert is also a speaker and trainer who has taught writing workshops at the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and literary conferences nationally. He lives in Northern California. www.albertflynndesilver.com