Writing & The Art of Paying Attention

Jul 31st - Aug 6th, 2017
Full Package: $860
Class only: $295
Image by Sarah Jane

This will be Brittany Deininger’s third summer teaching at the Guild. She’s a powerful writer whose warmth and openness make her a great addition to our community. We know you’ll love her as much as we do! Brittany says:


The poet Mary Oliver shares with us instructions for living a life:

“Pay Attention.

Be Astonished.

Tell About It.”


These instructions hold a great deal of wisdom for our writing life and spiritual practice as well. As an old art form, language accompanies us in our transformations and is a tool for meaning-making on the journey. Writing can have many different movements in our lives. It can be a political act, a statement of faith, a witness, a naming, a truth telling, a howl at injustice, a healing balm, a blessing, an act of attention, a spiritual practice.


In this mountain writing retreat, we will explore the intersection between the writing life and spiritual practices as they each help us to pay attention, respond, and live the creative life.


The Week at a Glance: 

Day 1Gather: The Writer’s Notebook

Day 2The Book of Hours: The Rhythm of the Creative Life

Day 3The Deep: Writing as Soul Work- Knowing Your Story

Day 4Sacred Texts: Encountering the Sacred On and Off the Page

Day 5The Art of Blessing: Celtic practices of blessing others, ourselves, and the world


Whether you are looking to refresh your current writing practice, explore how writing might become part of your own spiritual practice, or want to try something new in a safe place, there is something for you.


Writers of all experience levels are welcome here. Come poets, come journal keepers, come dabblers, come published authors, come curious sojourners with pens.  The first step of writing is the discipline of carving out a space and showing up. Ages 16+


CLICK HERE to view a brief video of Brittany's 2015 class.



What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?


We will begin each morning in the schoolhouse library, surrounded by books and the landscape beyond. During each 3-hour class session, participants will both explore traditional spiritual practices to see what gifts they have for our writing lives, and explore writing practices and prompts to see what gifts the art form has for our spiritual journey of faith.


Participants will have both communal and private space during class time to write, reflect, explore nature, listen and follow where their voice is leading.

Students can expect to spend time working on their piece outside of class time.



What can I expect to create?


Throughout the week students will be invited to engage in several different pieces of writing and will focus on completing one piece by the end of the week.



What Should I Bring?


All necessary materials will be provided; however, participants with a favorite notebook or pens are encouraged to bring these. Please wear seasonally appropriate clothing & comfortable walking shoes to accommodate periods of writing indoors and outdoors.



This class is part of the Grünewald Guild's Summer 2017 Program: Wonder, Discover, Begin. Click here to learn more about the weekly rhythm as well as alternate housing options. 


DISCOUNT: Save $50 when you pay in full by December 31, 2016 for a week long 2017 summer program class with room & board.



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Jul 31st - Aug 6th, 2017
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.