Writing Summer Mid-Week Workshop

Let your writing illuminate the joy of summer as we consider nature’s abundance at Mariandale. Please bring a pen and notebook or journal where we’ll have a chance to explore our relationship with nature through words, images, and possibilities.

Dress comfortably and bring a swim suit if you’d like to take a dip in Mariandale’s on-site pool following the program.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 11am to 3:30pm

Fee: $50 (includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

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Spring Writing Tuesdays

Spring Writing Tuesdays

Explore your creativity in response to prompts where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment.  Sharing is optional.  This is an ongoing series, $175 for the series of six sessions; $30 per session (Sign up for all six, or individual sessions.) Bring lunch if you wish.

Dates & Time: March 5, 12, 19 & May 7, 14, 21, 2019 from 1-3pm.

Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CRT

Fee: $30 per session or $175 series of (6) six sessions

 

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Poetry: Doorway to Prayer

Poetry: Doorway to Prayer, Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 11am to 3:30pm

This writing workshop invites you to explore nature as healer, nature as delight and nature as companion. Let the surroundings of Mariandale be your inspiration to paint words into a poetic rhythm of lyrical language. During the workshop, we’ll have writing prompts to explore the creative process as a spiritual path where you’ll be able to connect with your inner wisdom and the sacredness of solitude.

Dates & Time: March 30, 2019 from 11am to 3:30pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CPT

Fee: $50, includes hot lunch.

 

 

Spring Writing Tuesdays

Spring Writing Tuesdays

Explore your creativity in response to prompts where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment.  Sharing is optional.  This is an ongoing series, $175 for the series of six sessions; $30 per session (Sign up for all six, or individual sessions.) Bring lunch if you wish.

Dates & Time: March 5, 12, 19 & May 7, 14, 21, 2019 from 1-3pm.

Presenter: Karen Rippstein, CRT

Fee: $30 per session or $175 series of (6) six sessions

 

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A Writing Workshop

A Writing Workshop, Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11:00 to 3:30

Let’s explore deeper self-awareness and new outlets for creativity as we seek clarity, simplicity, and silence crossing over to the winter side of life. We’ll use our inner wisdom to structure a solid piece of writing to share in a non-judgmental environment.

Date & Time: Sat., November 10, 2018 from 11am to 3:30pm (includes hot
lunch)
Presenter: Karen Rippstein
Fee: $50

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The Art of Well-Being: Poetry of Presence Weekend Retreat

This weekend retreat with visiting poet David Keplinger, explores a creative path to presence through meditative poetry. Learn about how to make listening to, reading and/or writing poetry a meditation practice. We will explore the body as a vessel for the poem and nature as springboard for writing poetry. Guided meditations featuring the poetry of Mary Oliver, Marie Howe, Tich Nhat Hahn and James Wright will be combined with writing prompts for group exercises.

Well-being is a skill that can be learned and cultivated-no different than learning how to play the violin. The intimate link between well-being and meditation has been carefully studied by western scientists for decades now, revealing the potent benefits of developing the ability to be present. The traditional, tried-and-true meditation practices however, fail to engage many modern Americans.

Join us for this very special weekend retreat followed by The Art of Well-Being monthly series introducing creative adaptations of ancient meditation practices, more suitable to the needs of the modern American mind. The series will expand your understanding of the meaning of meditation and ways of practicing it on and off the cushion.  From October through March, starting with the weekend retreat and then (5) five consecutive retreat days, meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month. We will explore meditative poetry, visualization, free writing, contemplative and insight traditions, compassion practices, movement and working with the body. No meditation experience required.

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About the Presenters: David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City, chosen as one of the best new books of March 2018 by the Chicago Review (Milkweed, 2018), The Most Natural Thing (New Issues, 2013) and The Prayers of Others (New Issues, 2006), which won the Colorado Book Award. His first collection, The Rose Inside, was chosen by the poet Mary Oliver for the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize. Keplinger has been awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Danish Council on the Arts, and a two year Soros Foundation fellowship. In 2011 he produced By and By, an album of eleven songs based on the poetry of his great-great grandfather, a Civil War veteran. He directs the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C. For a preview of Another City,  http://www.davidkeplingerpoetry.com/another-city-2018/

Amy Reyer, PhD, has introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

 

 

 

A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees

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. I invite you to also 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.

In our workaday world, we are no longer present to the natural world in any manner. We no longer see trees as other beings to commune with. We are not taught to make that connection, not encouraged to speak of trees this way”.~ Thomas Berry on Our Broken Connection to the Natural World

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, 2018 from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 1pm: Fee: $250 (Whole Weekend) Includes all meals and overnight accommodations.

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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 http://www.poeticmedicine.org/index.html


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

 

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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.

Memoir and Meaning: Writing Your Life Stories

In this workshop, with author and teacher Lorraine Ash,  you will learn to shape your experiences and reflections into compelling prose. In essence, you will pour your stories into a narrative container that will hold them and maximize their power both for you and your readers.

In the process, you’ll come to more deeply recognize and appreciate the meaning in your own sacred journey. The work of fine writers-some famous, some not-will inform and inspire you as your own best writing is evoked in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

The workshop is perfect for new or struggling memoirists. Bring paper and pen or a laptop.

Presenter: Lorraine Ash

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 5pm

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About the Presenter

Lorraine Ash works as a book editor, author coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two books, Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Both are memoirs, a genre she sees as personally transformative and socially important. Her shorter works, including essays, articles, and short stories, have appeared in a variety of anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers, including USA Today. She is currently working on a third memoir, Missing Mae. Lorraine studied at Fordham University. She lives in New Jersey.

Learn more about Lorraine at  http://lorraineash.com/home.htm

 

Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop

Join Ann van Buren as she facilitates Snapshots of Our Lives: A Poetry Memoir Workshop, writing and sharing memories. Absorb the magnetic power of Mariandale’s meditative space and allow yourself uninterrupted time to bring memories to the page. We will meet and open creative channels through readings, discussions on craft, and free-writing. Writers are invited to share favorite poems or stories, or to spend time working on a new piece that was inspired by the day. We will share our writing, along with supportive discussion.  All writing levels are welcome to attend.

Presenter: Ann van Buren

Fee: $55

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, from 10am to 3pm

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About the Presenter

Ann van Buren is a teacher, librarian, and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. Her poems have been published in many journals and in The Rumpus online. Educated at Columbia University and New York University, Ann has worked at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and regularly facilitates poetry workshops. Ann also teaches poetry for The Amsterdam Writing Workshop in the


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