ONLINE Writing Workshop: Transformative Storytelling
Viva Institute’s popular Sedona retreat, “Transformative Storytelling,” is now a 3-week online writing workshop. Through the tradition of storytelling, you’ll revisit the most significant events in your life, and give them new meaning. You’ll receive weekly writing prompts, explore storytelling methods from many cultures, and identify the related threads in your personal narratives. Discover the transformative nature of reclaiming your life’s most meaningful stories.
Week 1: “Cantadora,” The Keeper of Stories
Week 2: Witness to the Miraculous
Week 3: Redreaming Ceremony
- weekly writing prompts
- guided journeys and meditations
- videos and TED Talks
- weekly feedback from instructor and peers
- private writing community
- interactive discussion forum
- suggested websites and magazines for submitting your work
“Sometimes telling the story is the thing that saves your life.” – Lidia Yuknavitch, author
“Art is important for it commemorates the seasons of the soul, or a special or tragic event in the soul’s journey. Art is not just for oneself, not just a marker of one’s own understanding. It is also a map for those who follow after us.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
About the Instructor
Leigh Hopkins is a writer, educator, and seminar leader. In 2010, she left a career in social policy and education reform to move to Brazil. There, she launched a retreat center and founded the online education center Viva Institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field. She has worked as a creative writing teacher, a reading specialist, a policymaker, a grant writer, a raw-vegan chef, and a choral accompanist. You can find her work in Elephant Journal, ENTROPY Magazine, Manifest-Station, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She recently completed an intensive writing workshop with New York Times bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan. Today, Leigh lives and writes in Philadelphia, where she is working on a novel.
Leigh’s writing on her blog at LeighHereNow.
“How many times have you read a testimonial that described their experience as ” life-changing” and thought to yourself: “Really?” Please put your doubts aside and give yourself the best gift ever. I met extraordinary women, was awed by exquisite scenery, led by a truly gifted teacher and made friendships I will hold in my heart forever. I went a caterpillar and left a butterfly.” – Kimberly, New Jersey
“When you combine the vortexes of Sedona with the energy and insight of Leigh Hopkins, the time spent together is irresistible. Last year, Leigh’s careful planning delighted and inspired us to seek more depth and exploration into our own spirits. She is a very special woman and her willingness to share her light with the rest of us is a priceless gift. If at all possible, take a plane, take a train, take a bus or a car and make it to her next workshop. It will be a gift to yourself and you deserve it.” – Sue Ellen Allen, author and director of REinventing REentry
“Culture is simply the ensemble of stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.” –Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist