On Saturday, July 18, join Celeste Krueger, Ed.S. and the WritingTribe at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens for a restorative, creative, and restful afternoon of meditation and writing practice….four hours immersed in the beauty of the gardens, the galleries, and your interior landscape. 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.
Want more details? We asked Celeste a few questions. Here’s what she has to say:
Cummer Museum: What makes this Writing & Meditation Workshop unique?
Celeste Krueger, Ed.S.: 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.
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 Should Participate?
CK: 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 participants bring?
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 will participants take away?
CK: A sustainable writing practice. Something that you can take with you and use forever.
CM: How did you get involved in this work?
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 are you doing this at the Cummer?
CK: Because the beauty of the gardens and exhibits inspire creativity and quiet the mind. And because The Cummer 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: Lastly, what have people been saying about your Workshops?
“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