“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination…”
~ Mary Oliver

They say we’re experiencing an epidemic of loneliness. I don’t know about that, but in the midst of a busy life it’s easy to be simultaneously over-scheduled, surrounded by people, AND profoundly lonely.

If you’re a writer — always writing alone — it’s also easy to feel lonely in your work. A great antidote for that is the 5-day retreat that Laurie Senauke and I are leading at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in early August.

Come fill your page with the “breathings of your heart” (Wordsworth) in an environment that’s ideal for contemplation, creativity and community. We will invoke our muse through mindfulness and meditation, then we’ll write and play, using a variety of easy-to-follow prompts. In between sessions there will be ample time for relaxation, Zen practice, walking, soaking in the hot springs, eating delicious and healthy food, and more.

Tassajara is one of the most peaceful places on earth, and is an ideal environment for bringing new words and perspectives to life. It’s a comforting, inspiring and supportive setting. And if you’re never written as part of a group before, now’s your chance to experience something wonderful.

Note, unlike our last three Tassajara workshops, this year’s retreat is for women only. To learn more or to register, click here. And please sign up soon, as space is limited and this year’s workshop is expected to fill quickly.

Photo Credit: Rod Long

 I lead writing workshops in the Bay Area, and spend much of my so-called free time writing. To support my avocation (and my family) I sell residential real estate in San Francisco; for more about that visit RealEstateTherapy.org or CynthiaCummins.com.