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What's Up This Fall

It's sort of wild how song lyrics pop into my head these days and can easily be applied to my current situation. I'm not a Dead Head per se, but Jerry Garcia's voice rings in my ears right now:

The schedule for my fall retreats and workshops are something of a crap shoot but I know I have to keep Truckin'. So here's what I have to offer to you this fall in the way of things to keep you mind focused on positive aspects of life, rather than...well, you know.

I'm teaming with Karen Novak and Women Writing for (a) Change to provide an online class about the construction of scenes. The story within the story is a scene, there we can see plot, description, sense of place, character development. In this 8-week course we will work from The Scene Book, by Sandra Scofield. We begin with a free sampler on Septemeber 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you join us for that free session and want to sign up for the fall series we will meet on the following Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and November 7, 14, and 21. If you are working on a project or are just curious about the construction of stories, please join.

This Is Your Day: Create Your Own Sanctuary

September 27: 9:00 to 4:00

Potato Hill Farm, Augusta, Ky.

You juggle so much: schedules, home, your job. This day is designed to give you a little peace and solitude. Go into the fall with strength and resilience.

Take a relaxing day away. We will talk a bit, write a bit, and give you time to wander around the farm. In the afternoon, we will go through an exercise of Forest Bathing, to walk among the trees and hear nothing but the sound of your own breath. Our day starts with a poem, a little writing exercise and a time to get to know one another. Then we will move into a some time to talk, do some longer writing with a few focused exercises to get your creative juices flowing. My partner, Celine, at Potato Hill Farm provides contained snacks and drinks, a boxed lunch complete with plastic ware. After lunch, we will do a bit of Forest Bathing and then you are on your own to do what feels right to you, before we come back together for a brief closing, before we send you on your way. 

To find out more or to sign up click on:

Create Sanctuary Through the Art of Kintsugi

October 11, 9:00 to 4:00

Potato Hill Farm, Augusta, Ky.

The Japanese art of Kintsugi, to mend broken things with gold, is applied to our lives today. Create your own Sanctuary, mend what's broken.

We are all broken in one way or another. Join us at Potato Hill Farm for this day of healing the cracks with the gold of your inner self. We will have some directed writing exercises, a healthy boxed lunch, and time in the afternoon for walking, thinking, meditating, or just sitting with the sounds of the farm. You'll have opportunity to visit the chicken coop, talk to the donkeys, and maybe sit by a campfire. Potato Hill farm follows the guidelines set up by the state of Kentucky for wearing masks, social distancing, and sanitizing. All of our acitivities take place in open air shelters around the farm and there are sanitized bathroom facilities as well.

Find out more about these and other opportunities at :

Join us on this long strange trip we call the year of 2020 and maybe we can find just a little bit of peace.

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