I’m an American retiree, living two-thirds of the year in the mid-west near Lake Michigan, and the other third with my daughter in Tucson, Az. I’m passionate … [Read more...]
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
How can we have a transformation in our creative work?
By going on retreats we can transform our novel, our paintings, our ideas into realities.
Transformation, clarity, comes naturally when you have space and time to create.
Turning words into novels, brush strokes into paintings is not all inspired joy.
Transformation is not easy. We are all victims of wanting to immerse ourselves, our attention in external things. It's instinctive, but a lot of the time we don't even know we are doing it.
Emails, tweets, texts, that article you want to read on the net. We say these things are annoyances. We'd love to get rid of them all if we could, we say.
But the truth is a lot of the time our minds are dying to be distracted, delighted to be interrupted.
Writing, painting, composing are lonely activities a lot of the time.
So, it's transformative to know there is a whole community of people doing the same thing in the same space as you, experiencing the same frustrations and joys of creativity as you do.
However, rest, meditation and the support of a creative community of peers from all different countries and continents, transforms your creative process in many positive ways, one being, the idea that you are not alone.
Nancy deferred her writerly life until after she had retired from working as a teacher, librarian, social change activist and hospice … [Read more...]
Chop Wood, Carry Water I have just completed my third writing retreat at La Muse, and can affirm that my experience of time and creativity there continues to … [Read more...]