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WSP 80 — Begin Again: A Half-Day Mindfulness and Writing Retreat

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Feb 20
Time: 10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Feb 13
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $165
Instructor(s): Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
Limit: 85
Status: Open
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute break. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
Feb 20
1 day
Drop By
Feb 13
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
Please Note: This course includes a 30-minute break. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Writing, paired with mindfulness practice, can bring us back to ourselves and connect us to others, even during the most challenging of times. By dropping into guided meditations, responding to creative and reflective writing prompts, sharing the words that result, and listening and reading mindfully as a celebration of our common humanity, we will build community while learning tools that expand our capacity to be with our present-moment experience. This half-day online retreat will include guided contemplative practice, freewriting, sharing with others, and optional mindful movement. We will use seated meditation and accessible mindful movement to inspire both reflective and creative writing, allowing participants to try memoir, poetry, and fiction. For those new to these practices, the online retreat will serve as an introduction to mindfulness and to writing as a personal practice. Aspiring or experienced writers will learn how better to connect to their authentic and embodied voices. Those with mindfulness or meditation experience will tap into the energy and aliveness available during supported creative exploration. Each participant will leave with one or more fresh pieces of writing, at least one meditation technique they can continue to practice, a stronger connection to their own inventiveness, and resilience in the face of uncertainty.

This workshop will follow the format of Kelly McGonigal and Ammi Keller’s previous mindfulness and writing retreats but will include new practices and writing prompts. Past attendees looking to deepen their experience are encouraged to attend.

Kelly McGonigal, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Kelly McGonigal’s research focuses on the benefits of mindfulness and compassion. In collaboration with Stanford CCARE, she co-authored the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training course. She has led meditation and movement workshops and retreats around the world, and is the author of numerous books, including The Science of Compassion, The Upside of Stress, The Neuroscience of Change, and The Willpower Instinct. McGonigal received a PhD in psychology and the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stanford.

Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller teaches for the Certificate Program in Novel Writing at Stanford at the intersection of mindfulness and creative writing. Her writing appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has edited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Soft Skull Press and Tor/Forge Books, and has received residencies from the Norton Island Colony, the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.