The Alchemy of Memoir

When you write your memoir, you turn pain into healing, confusion into insight, life into art. You witness the corner of the world that fate entrusted to you.

Come learn to shape your story and make it sing on the page at this two-day retreat. Envision the difference your book can make. Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for new or  struggling memoirists.

Date & Time: Sat., Oct. 6, at 10am to Mon., Oct. 8 at 1pm
Presenter: Lorraine Ash
Fee: $250


About the Presenter:

Lorraine Ash, MA, is a book editor, author, coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two memoirs: Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Lorraine studied at Fordham University.

A Retreat: Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves

A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within the Sacred

In this weekend retreat, we will explore and strengthen our relationship with trees. We will slow down to listen to what these sacred beings can teach us.

To make this journey, we will use poetry and poem-making as a way to express and describe this relationship with ourselves, one another, and within the larger context of living as stewards of this planet, express it as part of the fabric of the cosmos.

Please bring a story (or poem) about a single tree or a forest, or an orchard, or a grove of trees, whatever is significant to you, that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you, including the cosmos. This poem can be yours or be written by someone else. You are invited to bring a photograph of a tree.

The weekend retreat is limited to 22 registrations. Please register early to reserve your spot.

This weekend retreat begins Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. The Friday evening event,  A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop, starts at 7pm.

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday workshop only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, at 1pm: Fee: $250 (whole weekend); includes all meals and overnight accommodations.


About the Presenter: John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland.  He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department. For more about John Fox, visit his website

Writing Retreat with Paula D’Arcy: The Heart and Soul of the Writer

The Mariandale Center is pleased to welcome back author and inspiration Paula D’Arcy.

Come together with others who love to write, whether you are skilled or a beginner. Contemplate your life through writing until the silenced voices begin to speak and you feel the power of words and the sound of your own voice. Writing practice will fill our days, and film will also be used.

Required reading:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Date & Time: Wed., June 27 at 5 pm to Sun., July 1 at 11am (all meals included)

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy, MEd

Fee: $550

Please register and pay in full by June 13




About the Presenter

Paula D’Arcy is a well known author of 13 books, and has also toured for ten years performing in an original play.  In addition to her writing, she is an internationally recognized speaker and retreat facilitator. In 2001 she founded Red Bird Foundation, which supports those in need of healing.

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