December 11 – Writing for Joy and Meaning. Join us for a loving circle of community where we can write and share stories and symbols that bring greater joy and meaning to our lives. Using innovative writing prompts and drawing on memories, legacies, and the shining present moment, we’ll write our way into what brings our lives greater depth and shine. All living with serious illness — whether caregivers, patients and/or survivors — are welcome. Please bring something with write on and with, and if you like (not mandatory) snacks to share. Please bring pen and paper (or notebook) and, if you wish, snacks to share. All people who write or want to write and are living with serious illness (patients, caregivers, survivors) are welcome. Free, but pre-registration is required. 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS.
January 11 – February 21 (6 weeks) – Your Callings, Your Livelihood, Your Live Online Class through the Transformative Language Arts Network. What work calls to you as your own at this point in your life? How can you develop a livelihood — or transform your current livelihood — with your deepest vision, values, and voice? In this class, you’ll explore long-term conversations with your callings (in your art, work, and life), approaches for exploring and revising myths and messages about who you should be, cultivating spaciousness for your deepest work, hunting and gathering sources and supports, making the work you love come true, and staying engaged with your life’s work as your life shifts and unfolds. Drawing from mythology, spiritual traditions, ethics and business practices, and more, this class includes writing and other arts to bring more of your dreams to the surface as well as soulful planning tools. By the end of the class, you will have a body of writing, plans and maps, and other arts and tools to guide your life from the heart of your callings. Information and registration here. Holiday discount until Jan. 1, 2017!
January 18 – March 15 (8 weeks) – Poetry Playhouse: Online Class through the Loft Literary Center. Enter the poetry playhouse to explore, experiment, play, rest, unearth, and renovate your writing while homing in on your increased capacity to create, craft and revise your poetry. We’ll draw on innovative writing prompts (including poems, questions, videos and guidance for creating your own bag of tricks all life long) to access poetic material from the interior rooms and external spaces of your life. Each week will focus on a different room in the poetry playhouse to write about different topics, from the family room (writing childhood), through the bedroom (writing about dreams and the dark), to the front porch (writing in community). Each session also includes a poetic form to try out (such as pantoums, or a group renga); explorations on craft in in service to a poem’s deepest intention, and revision as long-term relationship; a featured poet to learn more about through his/her poetry, interviews, and approaches; and meditations on the challenges and miracles being a workaday writer. Details and registration here.
May 14-19, 2017 – Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Join Caryn and Kelley for the 12th annual Brave Voice, a creative retreat to jumpstart your writing, singing, songwriting and arts while also helping you strengthen your voice in your life and livelihood. Imaginative and innovative workshops each morning, art stations and time to wander and relax each afternoon, and performances each evening, plus a loving community to support you long after we leave this retreat. It’s all held in one of the most beautiful and magical places in the Midwest in the heart of the Flint Hills (shuttles available from the Kansas City airport). Sun., May 14 – Fri., May 19 at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS. More here. NOTE! Early bird rate flies away Jan. 1, 2017.