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Literature, Writing and Personal Growth

Writing Womanhood Retreat

As women, most of us hurry through our days endlessly doing and caring and giving. But as writers, we need to slow down, be still, refill. Take time for yourself in this restorative writing retreat for women of all ages and writers at all stages. The day will be a choreographic blend of mindfulness practices (short guided meditations), inspirational readings of published poems and essays (remember the delight of being read aloud to?), and playful, provocative writings that will spark your imagination and ignite your pen. Memories will stir, stories arise, words flutter onto the page as we write and share our writing in a safe and supportive circle of women. Although our focus is on process, not product, you will come away with pages of raw writing and story starts that you can later revisit and revise. The retreat promises to renew your spirit and restore your sense of creativity, gratitude, and wonder.

Come on your own or with a friend, your sister, your mother. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook and pen, a yoga mat or blanket, and a nutritious bag lunch.

Sat., October 26
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 2100B
Register before Sept. 9: $78
Register after Sept. 9: $85
Register two or more: $70

Plus a $5 materials fee payable in class

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Lisa Garrigues, an award-winning writer, teacher, and speaker, is the author of Writing Motherhood (Scribner) and the forthcoming memoir, Skinny-Dipping. Lisa is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. She has a bachelor’s in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in English education from Teachers College at Columbia University.


The Writer's Journey


Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space or circumstances in which to
do so.

This one-day workshop will give you that time. During our day of writing together and reading aloud, you will tap into your creativity, explore your wild mind, and learn the basic tools you need to develop a rich, vital writing life.

The Writer’s Journey is rooted in writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg in her classic book, Writing Down the Bones. The class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers.

Students should bring a lunch.

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes important information about this class.

Sat., September 14
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register before Sept. 9: $78
Register after Sept. 9: $90

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Laura Davis is the author of 7 non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. She teaches weekly writing workshops and has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 16 years.


Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories & Meaning




Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s inspiring, tragic, funny or sad. Memoir is one of the most popular and compelling kinds of writing today, focusing on times in your life where you bring all that you feel and have learned to your recollection. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you’ll discover stories that intrigue and even surprise you with their power for self-discovery. It all begins with your own rich life, refreshing memories and writing about them using tried and true writing prompts that help bring these stories to life.

Lauren has been offering this workshop to Cabrillo Extension students for over a dozen years and students have come back again and again to kindle new stories and re-visit ones they wish to further develop.

The course is geared to all levels of writing and open to everyone.

Sat., November 16
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register before Sept. 9: $78
Register after Sept. 9: $85

Plus a $5 materials fee payable in class

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

Ignited Women: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom


Awaken your senses and begin to live more fully as a midlife woman! Through movement, meditation, discussion, and writing, students will be guided through a re-awakening into our physical bodies. This workshop is designed to help women reclaim our significance and value in a safe environment.

“Midlife” for women is a deep time of transition. As our bodies change we are challenged to understand what our role may be for this next phase of our lives. We may get a sense that it’s time to let go of old wounds and the notion that we are “not enough.” Instead, this is a great opportunity to step into our wisdom and power. In this workshop you will:

  • Re-awaken the connection between self and body through gentle yoga and meditation.
  • Uncover what's most important to you through inspired and stimulating writing exercises.
  • Discuss the myths and realities of midlife transitions for women.
  • Identify core desired feelings in various areas of your life.
This workshop includes an Ignited Women Workbook Journal. Included in the workbook are recommended meditations, yoga practices and other resources to support you in your midlife transition.

Please see the our Class Resources web page for more important information about this class.

Wed., October 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
4 Sun., November 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $158
Register two or more: $140

Plus a $25 materials fee payable at registration


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Beth Nelson is a registered yoga instructor who is passionate about inspiring bold-souled midlife women to reclaim their own vitality in order to lead a deeply fulfilling life. She leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats throughout Santa Cruz County, and has worked at Cabrillo in the Academy for College Excellence.


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