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Yoga for Writers Weekend Immersion

Yogic Practice Meets Feral Artistic Authenticity

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

What do gurus and spiritual masters really have to say about creativity and wanton punctuation abuse? Can a good backbend scandalize your nervous syntax? This workshop is embodied spiritual practice meets feral creative authenticity. With sweat. You ready?

Immerse yourself in (moderately) challenging, dynamic asana sequences alternating with specific writing exercises and precise yogic tools. Explore how a dedicated yoga practice can free your body’s most constricted energies, release your ego’s death grip on entrenched samskaras (patterns and fixations), and powerfully liberate your creative voice.

Discover how writing and yoga influence and inform one another with Mark Morford in a weekend version of one of the Bay Area’s most popular and unique yoga/creative workshops. It’s one part energized yoga practice, one part fearless creative writing workshop, one part expertly guided dharma discussion—taking turns with each, blurring the edges of all. You will experience:

  • Vinyasa yoga, pranayama (breathwork), and yoga nidra
  • Writing exercises and discussion
  • Shaiva Tantra philosophy, altar puja, and everyday ritual
  • Optional reading aloud, minimal weeping, and very few group hugs.

You will write, practice, question everything you think you know, and then write again until you fall into a bewildered trance, forget your own name, and fall prostrate to your muse. You will take home infinite wisdom and perfect enlightenment for all ages and epochs, and a nice 20-page handout.

 

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Mark Morford

November 24 - 26, 2017
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

What do gurus and spiritual masters really have to say about creativity and wanton punctuation abuse? Can a good backbend scandalize your nervous syntax? This workshop is embodied spiritual practice meets feral creative authenticity. With sweat. You ready?

Immerse yourself in (moderately) challenging, dynamic asana sequences alternating with specific writing exercises and precise yogic tools. Explore how a dedicated yoga practice can free your body’s most constricted energies, release your ego’s death grip on entrenched samskaras (patterns and fixations), and powerfully liberate your creative voice.

Discover how writing and yoga influence and inform one another with Mark Morford in a weekend version of one of the Bay Area’s most popular and unique yoga/creative workshops. It’s one part energized yoga practice, one part fearless creative writing workshop, one part expertly guided dharma discussion—taking turns with each, blurring the edges of all. You will experience:

  • Vinyasa yoga, pranayama (breathwork), and yoga nidra
  • Writing exercises and discussion
  • Shaiva Tantra philosophy, altar puja, and everyday ritual
  • Optional reading aloud, minimal weeping, and very few group hugs.

You will write, practice, question everything you think you know, and then write again until you fall into a bewildered trance, forget your own name, and fall prostrate to your muse. You will take home infinite wisdom and perfect enlightenment for all ages and epochs, and a nice 20-page handout.

 

Faculty Bio

Mark Morford

Mark Morford has been teaching devotional vinyasa yoga classes and workshops in San Francisco for more than 15 years. He is creator of the Yoga for Writers (Y4W) and Everyday Sorcery for Urban Mystics programs for inspired yogis, and is one of the principal instructors for Yoga Tree San Francisco‰’s teacher training programs.

Since 1998, Mark has been an award-winning columnist and culture critic for SFGate and the San Francisco Chronicle, with a cult-like following based on his infamous ‰Notes & Errata‰ column. He‰ is a contributing writer for numerous publications, including Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, The Sun, and Sex+Design.

He is also the author of The Daring Spectacle: Adventures in Deviant Journalism and the creator of Mark Morford’s Apothecary, an iOS app. He leads popular immersions and retreats internationally.

Why Attend

  • Experience what a vigorous vinyasa practice can do for your writing and what your writing can do for your yoga.

  • Free yourself from patterns that hinder your body’s energy and creative voice.

  • Try a yoga practice that is both physically challenging and acutely reverential—a sinuous combination of the body’s most ecstatic cadences and Tantra’s most lucid metaphysics.

Things to Know & Schedule

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    Not for beginners or those with serious injury. The workshop assumes a reasonable level of physical ability and yoga experience.

  • Things to Bring

    Preferred writing implements (laptop, notebook, etc.) and water bottle

  • What to Wear

    Basic yoga/athletic wear

  • Special Interest to

    All types of writers/writing are welcome. Even poets.

Accommodations

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

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

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

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

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in January 2018.
Weeknight rates 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.
Weeknight rates 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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