A Zoom series led by authors
Phyllis Cole-Dai, Kim Langley, and Claire Willis
October 13, 20, 27
6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
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“Getting Free of the Stories We’re Stuck In” (Oct. 13)
Stories from our past stay with us, don’t they? From some of them, we draw strength and comfort. Others, we just get stuck in—they prevent us from moving forward and living with joy. This gathering will center on the delightful telling of two linked tales. Through journaling and group discussion, the tales will help us identify the stories that are bogging us down, then bring to light our own wisdom about getting free.
Facilitator: Phyllis Cole-Dai began pecking away on an old manual typewriter in childhood and never stopped. She uses the arts to help heal the divides within spirits and our communities. She has authored or edited eleven books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, memoir, and poetry.
“Making Space for Tree Wisdom” (Oct. 20)
Autumn piles on both beauty and melancholy as acorns drop, the last apples ripen, and creatures are in a frenzy to store up food, migrate, or build shelter. Let’s explore the season together by contemplating some of our most stalwart teachers—the trees. What can they tell us about our own beauty and melancholy, as we live through what John Keats called the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”? We’ll listen, ponder, write and reflect on what it means to fruit abundantly, color beautifully, and let go gracefully, just as the trees do.
Facilitator: Kim Langley, M.Ed., is the founder of WORDSPA.net and author of Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey. Her retreat work focuses on empowering kindred spirits who feel drawn to personal growth and soul tending. She is a coach and speaker, interested in writing that is the springboard into silence, reflection, and rich, mindful conversation.
“Letting Go? Or Letting Be?” (Oct. 27)
How many times has someone told you, “Just let it go”? What if, instead, they had asked, “What if you just let it be”? Let’s explore together the difference between “letting go” and “letting be” through poetry reading, storytelling, and journaling. Perhaps we’ll leave our time together feeling a little lighter and less encumbered.
Facilitator: Claire B. Willis, clinical social worker and lay Buddhist chaplain, has been working in the fields of oncology, end of life, and bereavement for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of two books: Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life, and Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace.
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