WSP 80 — Begin Again: A Half-Day Mindfulness and Writing Retreat
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Jul 17
Time: 10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 10
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
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 and 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 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 students to try memoir, poetry, and fiction. For those new to these practices, the 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 student 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 course 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’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.
Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Ammi Keller’s teaching focuses on 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.
Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.