Following are workshops I can provide. I am happy to mix and match elements from existing workshops and to tailor something for a particular venue!
Just Breathe: Yogic Tools to Address Everyday Stress – Learn about the central nervous system and how stress and relaxation appear (and disappear) in the body. Experience the connection of mind + body and learn techniques that include gentle movement, various kinds of breathing, and guided meditation to help us navigate.
Inquiry into Movement – A series of prompts and movement practices that include dance, yoga, and guided meditation intended to unleash creative spark! This playful series can be offered as a stand-alone 1-2 hour workshop, or span into a series of classes.
Writing for Self-Exploration – Discover more about who you were, are, and will become via writing and other creative activities. This class is for anyone curious to dive deeper into self knowledge via the page.
Everyday Creativity – Why wasn’t I comfortable calling myself a writer until I’d published a book? What are the ways in which many of us doubt our own creativity and remain blind to the beautiful and complex ways in which we creatively engage our world every day? This 75-minute talk includes my own journey as a “creative,” interwoven with stories from people I’ve met via my books, my work at an academic research center, and in the world of yoga. You’ll leave inspired to draw, dance, or sing!
Opening to An Extraordinary Life – “Only that day dawns to which we are awake,” Thoreau wrote in 1854, at a time that seemed much slower and more idyllic than today’s harried world. Now, many of us are tethered to technology from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. A friend asks, “How are you?” and the most common response is, “Busy.” We long to feel awake, vital, and meaningfully engaged. How do we not only stay awake to the beauty of our lives, but dare to believe we can live extraordinary lives? In this workshop-retreat, we will use storytelling, movement, and writing to reconnect with what it feels like to be fully alive. Learn techniques to weave into your daily life, and reflective practices to help reassess your current habits and shift toward new ones.
Begin Again – Yogic Tools for Setting Your Intentions for a New Year (or any kind of “newness”) – Whether it’s the new school year, complete with sharpened pencils and new schedules, or the fresh expanse of a new calendar year, beginnings are exciting. They can also be overwhelming. How can you create a foundation for the new academic year that will help you to both create and protect space; stay attuned to energy and know how to soften or amplify it; set intentions that go beyond the kind of academic goal setting that too often leaves us feeling fried.