Mindful Creativity and Play Retreat with Anton Krueger
August 24 @ 6:00 pm - August 29 @ 1:00 pm
On this retreat, we’ll be playing mindfulness and writing games, nurturing our sense of wonder and astonishment at our precious human life. How extraordinary to be alive at all! We’ll explore mindfulness as a creative practise, as a way of encouraging awareness, a way of being present. We’ll be doing workshops geared towards sparking creativity, inspiration and reflection; using writing as a tool of discovery. The emphasis will not be on technical skill, but on meeting, appreciating and enjoying our creative selves.
You need to begin to explore another way to write, to build awareness to write from…To create from joy, to create from wonder, demands a continual discipline, a great compassion…it demands a continual objectivity of spirit, a continual looking out at, and beyond the world created by the senses…”
Thuksey Rinpoche, in Andrew Harvey’s Journey to Ladakh (1983)
The retreat takes place over five nights, (with a shorter option for urbanits of leaving after the weekend).
Arriving Friday, 24th of August 2018, 18:00
Leaving Sunday, 26th, or Wednesday 29th August, 13:00
The retreat will be kept small with a maximum of 12 participants, so that there is enough time to focus on each person’s individual work in group feedback sessions. Those staying for the extra three nights will also receive a one-on-one session of at least 30 minutes for feedback on a work in progress. Writers who have an existing project as well as those just starting out are equally welcome, as no previous experience required.
Anton Krueger is an acclaimed writer who has won numerous awards for his plays, poems and critical writing. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama, Rhodes University, and also helps to run a Samye Kagyu Buddhist centre in Grahamstown. He’s also taught creative writing to children at home schools and at the Michael Mount Waldorf School.
Anton is a member of Mindfulness Africa and has presented papers on Mindfulness and Creativity in Shanghai, Chicago, India, Sweden and Scotland.
The theme of this writing retreat arises from my own recent reflections on trying to reconcile a creative life with one of Buddhist mindfulness practice. I’ve been wondering how we work with our minds when we write, and how writing could benefit from mindfulness, and also become a way to practice. On this retreat, we’ll use different kinds of guided practices (sitting, walking, body scan) as well as practical workshops geared towards sparking creativity and honing writing skills.
There are options to join for two nights or five nights, with different costs depending on your choice of accommodation. These rates include all meals, refreshments and teachings. Non-participating partners who wish to accompany participants are also welcome at reduced rates. If you would like to come but can’t afford it, there is the opportunity to work back some accommodation costs at the TRC by helping out for a few hours a day in the garden or the office. Please let me know if you wish to apply for subsidised rates.
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Catch yourself thinking…