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The Art And Heart Of Writing Your Story: A hands-on inspirational retreat for those who have a burning story to write but need help finding the fire-starter

Teacher: Elana Bregin
Cost: 3 days' accommodation + cost of workshop
Dates: Monday 08 January 2018 - Thursday 11 January 2018
elana breginThe words Listen and Silent have the same letters - Michelle McClunan, Creative Therapist, Astrologer and NLP Practitioner

The creative act of writing involves much more than plotting a good storyline and putting the right words together. It is a process of reflection, mindful observation - an engagement with yourself and the world around you at the deepest and most satisfying levels of awareness. It is also a potent healing tool that can give you the objective distance to detach yourself from your over-familiar internal script and see your life in different and wider perspective.

This writing workshop will suit anyone with a creative itch to scratch, even if you don't have an actual story in mind. Whether your intention is to write a personal memoir, fictionalised novel or simply to renew your creative fire, the retreat is designed to offer creative support and give you the tools and insights to accomplish your writing goal. It will explore both the practical strategies of getting your story written and the inspirational aspects that fuel it.

In the beautiful setting of BRC hills, sky, birds, trees, wind chimes and stars, overseen by the untroubled serenity of the Buddha statue, we will open our senses – and heart chakras - and start the conversation with our deeper selves that silent attention enables. We will begin the process of finding, clarifying and shaping the story we really want to tell. And learn how to use the different stages of the writing process to our advantage.

There will be periods of silent reflection, group sharing and active writing, as well as individual consultation slots for those who are feeling stuck. We will undertake meditative walks, sensory sitting, and other activities that feed the creative spirit in us.

For more information and cost contact Elana Bregin: 0714930791 or elana.bregin@gmail.com

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Elana Bregin is a seasoned author, editor and creative-workshop facilitator whose creative output includes both fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, radio drama and more. She has been dancing with words since she first learnt how to write them and had her first piece, a poem, published at the age of 8. In her 11 years of working as a publishing-house editor she accompanied many authors – both novice and experienced – on the journey to published success and gained valuable coaching expertise. Her own writing journey through the years has given her insight into the intimate processes of story-writing and its ability to reconnect us with both personal meaning and the wider currents of life in which we are embedded. She has been a BRC attendee for many years and has been privileged to be part of a number of enlightening and enriching retreats.