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Transform Your Health

Write to Heal

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Writing can help us face our most difficult challenges—it can also help transform physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research shows that expressive writing has the power to decrease the heart rate, lower blood pressure, enhance breathing, improve self-esteem, help manage stress, and strengthen the immune system so it can better fight off infection.

This 5-day immersion workshop is for everyone with a desire to heal. You don’t need any prior writing experience—or any aspiration to become a writer. John Evans will coach you through a simple progression of exercises developed from his more than 25 years of working in the field as you learn how to:

  • Move beyond what you thought you could not get over
  • Communicate your desires with compassion, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude
  • Express your “rites of passage” with metaphor, story, poetry, and creative nonfiction
  • Share your values and the life lessons you have learned from those you love.

These practices cultivate your natural and easy ability to express the ideas that define who you are and how you experience your life. They will guide your toward health and healing, with the benefit of writing forward into your best possible life.

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John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

July 9-14, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$ 415  Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

Writing can help us face our most difficult challenges—it can also help transform physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research shows that expressive writing has the power to decrease the heart rate, lower blood pressure, enhance breathing, improve self-esteem, help manage stress, and strengthen the immune system so it can better fight off infection.

This 5-day immersion workshop is for everyone with a desire to heal. You don’t need any prior writing experience—or any aspiration to become a writer. John Evans will coach you through a simple progression of exercises developed from his more than 25 years of working in the field as you learn how to:

  • Move beyond what you thought you could not get over
  • Communicate your desires with compassion, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude
  • Express your “rites of passage” with metaphor, story, poetry, and creative nonfiction
  • Share your values and the life lessons you have learned from those you love.

These practices cultivate your natural and easy ability to express the ideas that define who you are and how you experience your life. They will guide your toward health and healing, with the benefit of writing forward into your best possible life.

Faculty Bio

John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

John F. Evans is a writing clinician and integrative-health coach who has taught journaling and writing for self-development for more than 30 years. He works with groups, individuals, and health-care professionals, teaching them how to use writing to achieve better physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

The founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, Evans provides institutional life-course guidance programs, and at Duke Integrative Medicine he has taught courses on legacy writing, how to transform your health through writing, and classes that teach integrative-health coaches how to use writing as a tool in their practices.

He is the author of five books, including Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Expressive Writing: Words that Heal (coauthored with James Pennebaker). He has a doctorate in literature and writing pedagogy studies from North Carolina State University and has been a scholar-in-residence and post-doctoral fellow in expository writing at New York University. Evans blogs monthly for Psychology Today and has a private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Why Attend

  • Use writing as a tool for engaging your internal healing resources to promote positive benefits for your body, mind, and spirit.

  • Allow the writing process to facilitate a natural transformation toward health as you give voice to what you believe, think, want, know, and more.

  • Become empowered with new tools for processing your thoughts and experiences, leading to more freedom of expression and realization of your life goals.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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