Reclaiming the Sacred through Story 

These times we are in. These times we are in. These times we are in. 

Robert Bly said “Reclaiming the sacred in our lives naturally brings us close once more to the wellsprings of poetry.”   Without story, without words, without sacared texts, we would only be silent in the sacred and not able to share our hearts in a way to connect with each other through understanding, invoking peace and reverance.

During this holy season, when many of us are gathering together with friends and family,  and the world seems upside down and divided, it’s our job as storytellers to find the holy and the hope inside our everyday lives through our Sacred Soul Stories. The next four session writing course is exploring the sacred through miracles, ceremonies, sacred places and prayers to heal the world.  We’ll be calling in the holy and the healing together, writing stories to impact each other as sacred gifts to share together in our intimate writing groups.

Recognizing the Miracles

Through interfaith ministers Berry Behr and Audri Scott Williams, and bestselling author Debra Engel we will explore definitions of miracles, and those extraordinary events in our own lives that cannot be explained. When we posted about a class about miracles, we received dozens of messages of everyone wanting to tell me their miracle story!  Through the inspiration and wisdom of our spiritual leaders, we will all be guided to write our own miracle story, call in a miracle or create our own miracle.

 

Writing is mystical, but we have to show up

Writing memoir and poetry based on our life stories has the ability to unpeel layers and change the writer and the reader. Writing true stories is really about bringing wholeness to each experience.  Perhaps we are trying to make sense of loss, the life cycle and our own place in the world.  Perhaps we are trying to heal something inside – the part of us who feels orphaned or disconnected.

Writing has such a mystical element to it, but it’s also about showing up. Writing in our community is part of showing up for your own writing and the magic of the other writers in your group who will influence your craft and feed yur stories by revealing the truth in their stories.

 

“To encounter the sacred is to be alive at the deepest center of human existence.

Sacred places are the truest definitions of the earth;

they stand for the earth immediately and forever;

they are its flags and shields.

If you would know the earth for what it really is,

learn it through its sacred places.

At Devil’s Tower or Canyon de Chelly or the Cahokia Mounds,

you touch the pulse of the living planet;

you feel its breath upon you.

You become one with a spirit

that pervades geologic time and space.”

― N. Scott Momaday

Topics explored in the 4- session course include*:

Miracles – December 15th w/ Debra Engle, Berry Behr and Audri

Sacred Places

American Indian poet N. Scott Nomaday said to encounter the sacred is to be alive at the deepest center of human existence. Sacred places are the truest definitions of the earth. If you would know the earth for what it really is, learn it rhough sacred places.  To encounter the sacred is to be alive at the deepest center of human existence. At Devil’s Tower or Canyon de Chelly you touch the pulse of the living planet; you feel it breath upon you. This week we will explore sacred places where you have gone for connection and personal transformation.

Beyond the Veil

Nothing is more sacred than birth and death, and the holiday season and coming New Year seems to bring up all the grief, as memories of those no longer with us come flooding in through music, dance and traditions. When we understand the dead are often still part of us, and sometimes still with us, we can go beyond the veil and tap into their wisdom and the world beyond this world in our earthly bodies.

Prayers for Peace

Everybody prays, everybody always has, and there is no end in sight.  Author Tyler Staton reminds us “story is the precious gift that thrusts spirituality from the theoretical into the grit and honesty of the everyday world.” Prayer seems to be instinctive, a part of human nature, and it has power and is known to heal. Through prayer we are asking God, but we are also changing the vibration of the world. This week, we will write our own prayer for Peace in the World.

*All topics subject to change (except Miracle Dec. 15th class)

DECEMBER 15th MIRACLE PANEL: THE MIRACLES THAT INFORM OUR LIVES

Three extraordinary women discuss miracles – their personal miracles and the miracles they have witnessed in the work they have done in the world, and invite us to write our own miracle stories. This is part of the four session course, an event available to all writers taking the course.

Debra Engle, a renowned author, is widely recognized for her bestselling book The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind. The book features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an endorsement from the esteemed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Debra’s unique voice and spiritual talent has led her to author six books – her most recent titled Twenty, delves into the profound themes of loss and redemption experienced during mid-life.

Debra’s unwavering belief in miracles, and her profound connection with A Course in Miracles, has enabled her to amalgamate her extensive education and passions into transformative personal growth and writing retreats. Debra currently resides in Winterset, Iowa, where she continues to enrich the lives of many through her exceptional literary works and motivational retreats.

Audri Scott Williams is the first woman to lead a global walk for Human Rights and Environmental Justice. She led the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk over 6 continents, the 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace across America to over 50 communities, led The Red Flame for Freedom Movement, a national movement to end human trafficking, mass incarceration and children in poverty. She currently is the visionary for 20 Million Women Strong. 

She has received numerous awards for her service to humanity. 

Audri currently serves as the Spiritual Director of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Dothan, Alabama. S

As a global peace walker and advocate for evolutionary change in the world, she commits herself to creating a sustainable and viable world for generations to come.

Rev Berry Behr is an ordained Interfaith/Inter-spiritual minister currently serving as Global Interfaith Ambassador for the Emissaries of Divine Light, for whom she co-ordinates multifaith, multicultural, peace-building events aimed at promoting an inclusive society based on understanding, compassion, and respect.

Berry is a current Board member of Religions for Peace South Africa.

 Berry’s interfaith experience includes Executive Personal Assistant to Linda Tucker, founder and CEO of the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

She is widely experienced in a range of personal development techniques and created a 6 week life-enhancement program called Foundations in Meditation to help people integrate their spiritual and physical worlds.

 

 

 

Writing through inspiration

while exploring craft  

The way we experience story is evolving with the language needed for the world we live inside. By participating in this live 6-week class series, you will have the opportunity to explore your story through the lens of love. 

LEARN IN A SMALL, LIVE GROUPS

Meaning comes through participation. First, you must participate fully in life – deeply and as fully as possible. You must risk to participate fully. If you want to know what good writing is, join a group of good writers, don’t just read a book, come into community and watch writers improve and birth stories. By writing beside them, you will learn to write. Don’t just go see a book reading, write your own stories, and do your own reading. To learn writing, be a writer. Joining this writing community is like joining a family of writers who support and nourish your creative process. Each week, writers take the live online (in in person on Kauai) class with the same 8-10 writers from all over the world,  writing together and sharing  stories in a 2 1/2 hour class.

Writers work closely together for six weeks, deeply bonding and supporting each other’s creative growth.

If anyone has to miss a week, they can audit the class with another live group on another day, or receive the class via Power Point.  Writers learn from the curriculum, but also from the positive  feedback received from other writers.  When we focus on what is good in writing, we develop an ear for inviting more of what is good.

CREATE CONTENT FOR A BODY OF WORK

This six-week course is especially compelling if you are working on a book, blog, poetry or a series of essays.  It’s a wonderful way to explore an event and learn how step by step to be in a deeper discovery for yourself and the readers.

Every writer in this group is respected and honored, so that not just the story is honored, but the whole process of writing a story or poem is honored.

Many of our students have gone on to publication through this process of writing every week, and many of our writers are authors writing beside writers who are new to the practice. We all learn from each other’s work each week, and this course will help every writer go deeper to gain new perspectives for the sake of creating compelling work and upleveling the craft of storytelling and poetry.

Abraham Lincoln said “I am very grateful to you for reminding me of my father. My father was so beautiful, and such a creative artist – there was no other man who could make such beautiful shoes. I know perfectly well that whatever I do, I will never be such a great president as he was a great creator. I cannot surpass him.”

INSPIRATION TO WRITE BOLD

This six- week series has been developed to inspire writers to go deepear into their personal truths and philosophies, by looking at memoirs breaking literary rules and inspiring us to explore the canvas of our stories through inspiring techniques and writing prompts.

Writers receive literary inspiration, followed by writing warmups in the form of list making. Pre-writing exercises lead us into a longer thirteen minute write.

After we write, we share our stories and deeply listen with positive feedback.  Writers become part of a private Facebook writing community with other writers taking the same curriculum, where all writers have the opportunity to post their work and receive and offer feedback throughout the six week course.

Osho says, “When you listen attentively to somebody, you forget yourself. If you cannot forget yourself, you never listen. When you listen, you become just a passage, a passivity, a receptivity, a womb.” 

By learning deep listening in our classes, writing gets more bold, more daring, and just more. 

 

Educator: Laura Lentz, author

Laura Lentz is the author of  Freeing the Turkeys and STORYquest, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey. Laura teaches creative writing workshops online and on the north shore of Kauai for over a decade. Her workbook helps writers write to every stage of their story inspired by the Hero’s Journey through 12-weeks of writing prompts and examples out of best selling memoirs and poetry. Laura helps writers create content and expand their body of work through unique methods – offering challenging and thought provoking writing prompts inspired by list making, poetry, mythology and segments from literature.

Laura creates the curriculum for the 6-week writing workshops also taught by Guest Teachers.

Laura’s 6-week workshops are online and on the north shore of Kauai. Laura serves on the faculty of The Kauai Writers Conference, and is conducting a Master Class for writers who want to write in sacred places on Kauai and allow Kauai’s beauty to influence their work.

Educator: Robin Gadient, Poet

Meet Robin – Teaching Friday and Saturday

Robin Gadient just celebrated her third anniversary as a teacher with LIterati Academy. Robin is known for her intuitive feedback and love of story, her own essays and poetry. Robin has developed a following as both a writer and a teacher. Robin graduated from UCSB with a BA in literature. Robin has the uncanny ability to hold space for all writers and respond in a way that creates the needed energy to create her community within a larger community.

Laura creates the curriculum for the six week series taught by Robin.

Educator: Chris Armstrong 

Chris wants to know what you are reading, especially anything that expands our minds and hearts, which is almost everything! Her favorite genre is magical realism as those authors help us expand what we see all around us, and our own possibilities.  Chris reads good books twice — once for plot, and again for craft.  Chris’ avid listening skills and responding help writers create new content, gain confidence and share their stories out loud each week, growing the writing community at LITerati Academy.

Her vocations have always included words along with helping people step into their own power. After writing with Laura for almost three years, she sees now more than ever how stories connect us and lift us all up. She wants to hear the stories only you can tell!

Laura creates the curriculum for the 6-week writing workshop taught by Chris.

 

THIS CLASS IS NOW OPEN TO NEW STUDENTS! 

Contact Laurawriter@me.com  if the class you want is at capacity 

Thursday Online 

with Laura Lentz –

one spot available

4pm PST / 7pm EST
Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 4 sessions:

Dec. 07, Dec. 14, Dec. 21

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Sunday Online

w/ Laura Lentz –

CLASS IS AT CAPACITY

10:30 am PST / 1:30 pm EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –


4 sessions:

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Monday Online –

w/ Laura Lentz

2 spots available

4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST

Class series is 2 1/2 hours –


4 sessions:

Dec. 4, 11, 18

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Tuesday Online –

with Laura Lentz –

1 spot available

4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST

Class series is 2 1/2 hours –


4 sessions:

Dec. 5, 12, 19

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Wednesday Online

w/ Laura Laura – KAUAI Group –

CLASS IS AT CAPACITY

 

5:30 pm Hawaii /7:30 pm PST

2 1/2 hour classes


4 sessions:

Dec. 6, 13, 20

Miracle Writing Event (recorded)

December 15, 7:30 p.m. PST/ 5:30 p.m. Hawaii time

$179.00

Saturday Online

with Robin Gadient –

1 spot available

10:30 a.m. PST / 1:30 p.m. EST

. Class is 2 1/2 hours


4 sessions:

December 2, 9, 16

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Friday Online 

with Robin Gadient –

2 spots available

11:00 am  PST / 2 p.m. EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

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4 sessions:

December 1, 8, 15

Miracle Writing Event

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00

Wednesday Online 

with Chris Armstrong –

new time open for enrollment

4 pm  PST /  p.m. EST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

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4 sessions:

Dec. 6, 13, 20

Miracle Writing Event 

(recorded)

December 15, 4 p.m. PST

$179.00