Writing and Meditation Workshop with Celeste Krueger, Ed.S.
Saturday, September 19th | Noon to 4 P.M.
Members & Non-Members $100 per session | Registration Required
Enjoy an afternoon of beauty at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens while Celeste Krueger, Ed.S. takes you on a 4-hour guided and meditative journey to enhance your creative writing abilities. For further information or to make your required reservation, please call 904.899.6038.
On Saturday, September 19th, join Celeste Krueger, Ed.S. and her WritingTribe at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a restorative, creative, and restful afternoon of meditation and writing practice. You’ll discover that four hours immersed in this process—and the beauty of the gardens, the galleries, and your own interior landscape—helps create space to generate your writing. This workshop is a restorative, creative afternoon for people of all skill levels. If you’re new to the writing life, you’ll feel at home and welcomed. If you’re a seasoned professional, this is a great way to rekindle your creative flame.
Saturday, September 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. (click here to register)
Read below as Celeste fills you in as to what you can expect at the workshop.
Cummer Museum: What will attendees do at the workshop?
Celeste Krueger: This workshop is not about grammar and punctuation or structure. Rather, it’s about how to bypass all the constructs and critical thinking that prevent us from freely expressing — or sometimes even experiencing — our thoughts, feelings and creativity. In the tradition of Natalie Goldberg’s work, it blends simple meditation and focusing techniques with classic, slow walking meditation and a unique writing method that helps engage your authentic voice.
CM: Can you tell us a little about the method you use?
CK: Natalie is a Zen practitioner and internationally known author whose New York Times bestseller Writing Down the Bones: Freeing The Writer Within launched this writing method. The focus is on creating a safe space for all writers at all levels to get familiar with their minds and say what they really want to say on the page. We read, we listen and we write.
CM: Who is this process for?
CK: This method is great for anyone who wants to find their true voice, tell the truth unedited, reconnect with their muse, get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings, or turn off their inner editor/critic. Although there’s a low-end age limit — we don’t accept participants younger than 16 – people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds find this process appropriate, useful and meaningful.
CM: What should registrants bring to the workshop?
CK: You should dress comfortably and bring a writing utensil you like and a notebook you enjoy writing in (doesn’t have to be anything fancy). Other than that, you may want to bring a shawl or sweater if you tend to get chilled, and you might even want to bring a cushion. The goal is for you to be comfortable and relaxed. If you typically write on a laptop, it’s OK to bring it, but I always recommend that you work in longhand if possible.
CM: What can people expect to gain?
CK: A sustainable writing practice. Something that you can take with you and use forever.
CM: Why study with Celeste?
CK: As someone who’s interested in the strength and resilience of the human spirit, I was drawn to Natalie’s work. I studied with her for nearly 10 years, have practiced the work for a long time, and shared it with others ranging from business executives to students to professional writers. I am honored to be one of a handful of practitioners teaching the practice with Natalie’s blessing here in the Southeast.
CM: Why did you chose the Museum to partner with?
CK: The beauty of the Cummer Gardens and exhibitions inspire creativity and quiet the mind. Plus, the Museum is such a strong heartbeat in our community. If the weather is good, we will do some meditative walking and writing in the outside, but the whole space is focusing, uplifting and perfect for our needs.
CM: What have others said about your teachings?
“Celeste, I’m so glad you’re doing this!”
– Natalie Goldberg, Author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
“Whatever kind of writing you do — commercial, artistic or technical—[this] workshop is like a deep-tissue massage for the part of your brain that creates great sentences.”
– Richard Salkin, Principal, TightPersuasiveCopy
“This workshop was the creative spark I needed to remind me why I love to write. I would take another one …in a heartbeat!”
– Paula Rosenblatt, Speaker & Licensed Mental Health Counselor
“Celeste’s beautiful energy and sense of fun really helped me win free of my critical mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do it again!”
– Susan Pelter, Principal, Susan Pelter Communications