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Week of October 7–12


Straw into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir Katy Butler


Do you have a story you are longing to tell? This is your chance to take a great leap forward with the help of a memoirist whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. In a spirit of spontaneous play, using prompts and free-writing, we’ll first let the pen glide rapidly over the paper in short bursts. Be prepared to be surprised by what turns up, and to draw deeply from wells unfamiliar to you. Later, you’ll spin straw into gold, refining first drafts and long-held memories into pol- ished scenes that can electrify other readers, even strangers. The workshop will pay careful attention to questions of craft, voice, and narra- tive structure. This is a perfectionism-free zone. Nothing is off-limits. Although this workshop is not therapy, writing your truth and unleashing your creativity can be joyful and, almost by acci- dent, therapeutic. You may tame your inner crit- ic, heal your heart, and take home tools that


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deepen and enliven everything you write from now on. Be prepared for a personal writing breakthrough. This workshop is suitable for beginning and experienced writers. Please bring 250 pages of lined paper, a favorite passage of published memoir, and plenty of smooth-flow- ing pens.


Katy Butler is an award-winning writer and teacher whose personal essays and journalism are widely pub- lished and anthologized in many places, including Best American Essays 2011, Best Science Writing 2011 and Best Buddhist Writing 2006. She was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.


Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Back, Shoulders and Hips


Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman


Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue lay- ers, we connect the mind to normally uncon- scious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously


held energy. This energy in turn becomes avail- able to support the body’s innate capacity to self organize and self heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stub- born, seemingly intractable physical conditions.


This program, designed for professional massage and bodywork practitioners, will focus on exploring the modality of deep bodywork as a healing art, and is designed for massage and bodywork practitioners seeking to incorporate effective deep tissue techniques into their work. Whether in private practice or working in a spa, the demand for practitioners who have mas- tered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity is growing.


Our areas of focus will include relieving chronic and acute pain in the back, and around the major joints of the shoulder and hip. We will spend a good deal of time learning to recognize how to feel soft tissue lesions with our hands wherever we find them, and learn why, at physi- ological and energetic levels, competent deep bodywork needs to be done slowly to be most effective.


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