Wishing you a warm and bright Equinox wherever spring finds you. Here in the Northwest it’s sunny but chilly; a few hardy daffodils shiver in our neglected flower beds and I’m glad I haven’t yet removed the mulch from the base of the fig tree.
As the school term comes to its usual frenetic conclusion, I’m looking forward to quiet days ahead to return to the garden, sort through stacks of mail, and catch up on reading the growing pile of books next to my bed. But not all of the break will be spent at home. This year, we have two weeks off and I’ll spend the second week in Oregon, teaching a Pen & Bell workshop and giving readings from my new poetry collection, Sailing by Ravens.
I’ll be returning to the First Unitarian Church of Portland on Saturday, April 5 for a writing/mindfulness workshop from 1 – 5 pm. Brenda and I spent a lovely day giving a workshop there last spring—and I’m glad to be returning. Here’s the description:
Mindful Writing for Spring Renewal
“Awakened eye seeing freshly. What does that do to the old blood moving through its channels?”
—Naomi Shihab Nye from You and Yours
Spring is a natural time for renewal, but sometimes the fast pace of our lives means we miss the opportunity to live more consciously with the natural cycle of the sea-sons. How can we make space for reflection and renewal in the midst of our busy lives? Holly Hughes will guide us in contemplative and writing practices that can be used as tools for renewal, exploring how the equinox encourages balance. Come prepared to write, rest, reflect and stretch. No writing or meditation experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing; bring your pen and notebook or laptop. Click here to register.
I’ll also be giving a reading from Sailing by Ravens at the Grassroots Bookstore in Corvallis on Friday April 4 at 7 pm. For a full list of upcoming readings, check out my still-under-construction website.
Wishing you the renewal offered by spring and balance in the days ahead,