The Past is SO Not Over! Slaying the Dragons Through Memoir Writing

October 24 - October 25, 2020

Bethany Saltman

The past is very much alive in the present. Memoir writing is one of the most powerful ways to slay the dragons of the past so that we can become more present. And when we're present, we become more intimate with ourselves and everyone around us. This weekend/afternoon workshop will be an open-hearted, step-by-step exploration of how to grapple with the past through our present feelings and well-chosen words.We will open with mindfulness and mediation, turning our attention to right now. And then, through guided reflection, resonance work, and revision participants will apply their attention to chosen scenes from their lives and on the page. We will use Grice’s Maxims of quality, quantity, relation, and manner as a guide for finding just the right amount of detail.Participants will walk away with a better understanding of what it means to be present, the skills to write about their lives, and deeper reverence for the past and its impact on our future. They will also learn how to see the connection between what’s happening inside their bodies, what’s happening in the world, and what’s happening on the page. It’s in this connection that we live a joyful, coherent life.

This program is paired with our Create Your Own Getaway weekends. Please inquire with our front desk team today!


Saturday, October 24th

  • 9am - 12pm Workshop 1
Sunday, October 25th
  • 9am - 12pm Workshop 2
*Please note the schedule is subject to change


Bethany Saltman

Bethany Saltman is the author of STRANGE SITUATION: A MOTHER’S JOURNEY INTO THE SCIENCE OF ATTACHMENT (Random House, 2020). Bethany is a senior lay Zen practitioner in the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism, and was a professor of writing and literature at Polytechnic U...



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