Join Amy Hollowell for a week of exploring writing and meditation, capturing the essence moment-to-moment presence on a page. Taught in French.
Writing and Meditation Retreat
A writing retreat for all
Truly artful writing arises naturally from a perspective of what can be called no perspective or whole perspective, from a heart and mind that exclude nothing. This all-inclusive openness allows us to experience things as they are, in all their fullness, and then to express that experience by giving it form in words.
In this retreat, we explore through the foundation of meditation and a variety of writing exercises the essential quality of ever-changing moment-to-moment presence and the expression of it on the page. Throughout the week, this practice can be applied to works already in progress or to work that emerges from the exercises proposed during the retreat.
It is not necessary to be a writer, keep a journal, or to have done specific classes to participate. This class is for anyone who has the desire to write, for pleasure or any other reason.
Each day begins with a meditation session, after which the group meets for writing exercises and an optional assignment followed by personal writing time. Afternoons are devoted to personal writing time and optional individual sessions with the teacher. After dinner and a meditation session, the group meets to discuss and share work produced during the day.
Please bring all necessary writing materials.
This program is taught in French. Translation into English or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.
Arrival day (Oct 21): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.
End of program (Oct 26): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.
Departure day (Oct 27): You may leave anytime (no program). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.
Amy Hollowell is a French-American poet, journalist and translator, as well as a Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Her recent works of poetry include Here We Are (Presse universitaire de Rouen et du Havre, 2015) and Giacomettrics (Corrupt Press, 2013). She has been on the staff of the International Herald Tribune since 1983, and has been a contributor to various publications in Europe and the United States, including the American Buddhist magazines Tricycle and Shambala Sun. In 2004, she founded the Wild Flower Zen group in Paris, which she continues to lead in France and Portugal.