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WSP 80 B — Writing Our Way Forward: An Online Mindfulness and Writing Retreat

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 15—Aug 22
Time: 10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Aug 8
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $250
Instructor(s): Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
Limit: 60
Status: Open
Live Online
10:00 am—1:30 pm (PT)
Aug 15—Aug 22
2 days
Drop By
Aug 8
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Kelly McGonigal, Ammi Keller
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 present moment experience. This online retreat will be split over two half-day live sessions, each of which will include guided contemplative practice, freewriting, sharing with others, and optional mindful movement. In the week between sessions, participants will be invited to practice meditation daily using a short recording and then to quick-write in response to a set of prompts that build over the course of the week, posting what results on discussion boards for appreciation from others around the world. The two-day format allows participants to deepen their connections with one another, to strengthen the habits of both mindfulness and writing, and to soften day by day into a kinder, more grateful and more curious relationship with their present circumstances, both their physical environment and their internal environment. Each participant will leave with five 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, and a sense of connectedness in compassion to the global community.

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

Section A and Section B of “Writing Our Way Forward: An Online Mindfulness and Writing Retreat” cover the same content.

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 from Stanford and the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford.

Ammi Keller, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Ammi Keller’s writing appears in American Short Fiction, Joyland, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. 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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.