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Writing as a Spiritual Practice

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Unzan Mako Voelkel
Laura Deutsch
with Laura Deutsch and Mako Voelkel
August 26-28 (Friday-Sunday)
$170 ($145/member)

For writers of all levels.

Discover how a writing practice can help us wake up and be mindful, open and receptive to inspired creativity.

Writing can bring us into the present moment and help us give voice to what is most important in our lives. In this retreat, we’ll share techniques that will help us tap into our stories, memories, and imagination, whether we’re writing with a view toward self-exploration and healing, or creating art for a wider audience. Our schedule includes teaching, creative writing exercises, and feedback, and several short meditations to awaken awareness, spark creativity, and bring our writing alive.
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Unzan Mako Voelkel

Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, she has served in several senior staff positions, most recently as the Tassajara Director. In 2012 she and her partner Graham Ross took a year of travel in Asia and Europe before becoming co-Tantos at the Austin Zen Center, where they now live and practice.


Laura Deutsch

Laura Deutsch is a nationally published author and teacher, who leads writing retreats from Tassajara to Tuscany. Laura has taught writing for more than 15 years and has participated in numerous workshops at Tassajara and Green Gulch.