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Zen Pen (online)

Teacher: Dorian Haarhof
Cost: Donation to support the BRC during the COVID-19 lockdown
Dates: Sunday 05 July 2020 - Sunday 05 July 2020

dorian haarhof 2019Looking at your image in a clear stream,
you answer the question by your very presence

I invite you to a zoom Zen Pen wordshop. Why Zen Pen?

Zen (Chinese chán ‘quietude’) invites us to be present, to live and write simply.
Pen (Latin penna ‘feather’) refers to both practising the art of writing and to the implements we use for writing. It also invites us to play in a safe place - as in playpen.

In this wordshop we explore the connection between writing and meditation. Both these states of grace slow us down so we can live in the moment. They increase our awareness and wake us up. We look with new eyes and hear with new ears. We write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives. We consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely.


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Dorian Haarhoff is a writer, story-teller and mentor. For 25 years the BRC has enriched his life and practice. Passionate about developing innate creativity and imagination, he believes in the power of stories to spread loving-kindness. To bring healing. To guide us into the here and now. To build our belonging. A former Professor of English in Namibia, Dorian’s retreats are based on his workbook, The Writer’s Voice. His poetry appears in Quiet Food and The Cake the Buddha Ate. When he grows up he’d like to be Poet Dorieate of his spiritual home - the BRC.