Do you want to live awake and awakening?
Do you want to be someone who bears witness to our times?
Do you want to write in a way that illuminates and engages with the world we live in?
How do I do that?
Join us for Waking Up, Writing Down: Mindful Writing Toward Social Justice! In this six-week online course, we will explore mindfulness and writing practices and generate writing from and through issues of social justice.
We live in uncertain times—ones that call on all of us who desire a compassionate, just world to engage. At the same time, we must find ways to sustain ourselves while navigating a near-constant state of urgency and the emotions this can invoke: fear, rage, and deep grief.
Now, more than ever, as we witness seemingly endless suffering and strife, it is vital for us to show up and be present with ourselves and with others. This process begins with deep listening to ourselves, with writing our own thoughts, reflections, and stories. The process continues as we look outwards, thoughtfully bearing witness to the world we are living in and using our writing to work towards social change.
|When:||September 25 through November 5, 2017|
|Where:||Online at Ruzuku.com|
|What:||Six weeks of showing up for ourselves, practicing mindfulness, exploring and writing into our desire for and work for justice|
|Who:||Compassionate thinkers, artists, and activists who want to pay more thoughtful attention, to cultivate curiosity, to use writing for self-reflection and social change|
|How:||Lessons, prompts, activities, written and audio practices posted on our interactive course site. Sharing your work, process, & progress in a supportive community. Instructor feedback on your writing (both during course time and thorough feedback on piece at course culmination)|
|Why:||Every moment we have the chance to show up and be present. Every moment offers the opportunity to witness and create. As we employ our imaginations and cultivate curiosity, we will develop tools to sustain ourselves during this time.|
I am a writer and I’ve been a writing teacher for the past decade. I know the power of language to create, shift, and alter our lives. Time and time again, I have seen students transform their whole way of seeing themselves and the world around them the moment they gave themselves permission to tell their story. That’s all it took. Allowing their stories to shine through. I also know the power of stories to shift and changes hearts and communities: once we understand someone else’s life, it is impossible to not feel connected to them. Language and story–like art, like music–is a way we can work toward creating a world that values every being.
My journey as a mindfulness practitioner the last five years has becoming integral to my writing practices. The simple act of paying attention—at my writing desk, in the classroom, on a walk, at the grocery store, in conversation with a friend, on social media, on my cushion—has dramatically changed my life and the quality of my writing. These practices also allow me to show up as a deeply sensitive person and write to a world constantly in flux. I want to share these practices and the richness of this integration with you.
- How to awaken to your life
- How to recognize material for writing already unfolding in your daily experience.
- How to turn down your inner critic and tune into your inner wisdom
- How to think about, write to, engage with issues that matter to you
- How to engage with mindfulness and writing practices
- How to honor your own voice
- Raw material of our daily lives
- Voices of diverse teachers, mentors, and guides
- Your preconceived notions about time and space and ability
- How to live in our world with wakeful attention
Come away with
- New ways to engage with yourself, your writing, and the world outside you.
- New ideas and writing material
- Continued access to online course materials