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Titre

Mindful writing retreat

Dates

17-19 août 2022

Responsable de l'activité

Juliet Fall

Organisateur(s)/trice(s)

Muriel Bruttin, UNIL

Intervenant-e-s

Pr Erzsebet Strausz, Central European University

Ana Laura Rodriguez Quinones, UNIL

Description

The goal of this residential retreat is to offer a space outside of our ordinary busy lives filled with administrative tasks, teaching, and/or care labor, where we can pursue writing in a peaceful setting, free of our usual distractions. To futher the disconnection from daily distractions, a specific type of mindful writing practice will be offered, along with sessions that will combine an opening guided meditation followed by a long free writing period. The guided mindful writing sessions use mindfulness techniques and contemplative pedagogy to explore writing not only as an academic skill but also as a source of creative expression and communication. The hope is that the series of focused and free writing exercises will make us become more aware of the power of the writing process and make us discover how we can use writing in a more imaginative, personal and transformative manner. We also plan to do sessions that combine an opening guided meditation and a long free writing period which we hope will help create a productive space for longer uninterupted writing sessions. The short opening meditation will ground us and clear our minds so that we can focus with more clarity and concetration on what we want to write, and the long uninterupted period of time following the meditation will give us enough time to deep dive into the writing that we want to do.

 

There will be no preparation work required for this writing retreat (no reading, no paper to hand in), we will only ask that you fill out a very short survey a few days before the retreat.

 

This activity is a 3-day version of the «Mindful Writing / Writing and Meditation Retreat» that happened in August 2021.

Programme

Day 1


9h-10h Arrival

10h-10h45 Welcome, introduction, round of introductions of participants

10h45-11h Break

11h-12h20 Guided writing session

12h20-12h30 Write down one concrete problem you have with writing

12h30-14h Lunch

14h-16h Free writing session (with opening mindfulness exercise)

16h-16h30 Break

16h30-18h Discussion: specific issues you have with writing right now

18h-19h Free time / individual sessions with Erzsebet Strausz

19h-20h Dinner

20h30-21h30 Free time / individual sessions with Erzsebet Strausz




Day 2


8h-9h Breakfast

9h-10h30 Free writing session (with opening mindfulness exercise)

10h30-11h Break

11h-12h30 Working through writing blocks and procrastination with mindfulness practices

12h30-14h Lunch

14h-16h Free writing session (with opening mindfulness exercise)

16h-16h30 Break

16h30-18h00 Mindful listening exercise

18h-19h Free time / individual sessions with Erzsebet Strausz

19h-20h Dinner

20h30-21h30 Free time / individual sessions with Erzsebet Strausz

 



Day 3

8h-9h Breakfast

9h-10h30 Walking exercise

10h30-10h45 Break

10h45-12h15 Narrative writing exercise: place, object, person

12h15-13h15 Lunch

13h15-14h45 Free writing session (with opening mindfulness exercise)

14h45-15h Break

15h-16h Collective reflection on writing and closing remarks

16h15 Departure

 

Lieu

Crêt-Bérard, Puidoux

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