"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Writing as a Path to Awakening
Albert Flynn DeSilver
5 Days: Monday July 17 - Friday July 21, 9:30am - 4pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $375 - $1000. Please bring your lunch. Code AS1M17.
OPEN-Register Here

Join us for this extraordinary week of mindful creativity and awakening to your true nature through the practice of writing.

The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a process of moving toward deeper self-awareness, and leads us along the path of awakening to our true nature. Many of our greatest spiritual teachers from around the world were and are writers, and we will reflect on their gifts as well as explore our own throughout the day. From Sappho in the 7th century BC to Pema Chodron, from Rumi in the 13th century to Thomas Merton, Jack Kornfield, and the Dalai Lama, the written word has the power not only to inspire but also to awaken the very best in the human heart.

The week will include dynamic writing prompts and exercises, periods of sitting meditation, movement practices that will lead into the writings, readings and discussion.

*Depending on enrollment there will also be time for scheduling one-to-one conferences with Albert about your book project, writing, or meditation practice.

Experience level: New and experienced writers are welcome. Open to memoirists, novelists, script-writers, non-fiction writers, and poets!

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this 5-Day Non-Residential Retreat for $225.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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