NEW! ONLINE Writing Workshop: The Illuminated Narrator
Viva Institute’s popular Sedona retreat is now a two-part 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.
Transformative Storytelling and The Illuminated Narrator are offered on a rotating basis, and may be taken in any order. You’re invited to repeat the course anytime you’re looking for community and feedback on your writing.
“I am so so happy that I decided to take this course. Viva puts on a friendly, professional course that helps you with writing, making it better than ever. We also critique each other’s work, which helps us grow as a writer and a communicator. Very helpful, It helped me grow in ways that I never expected, such as everyday communications with others. Leigh Hopkins is a kind, gentle, sensitive, and very capable individual with high credentials of her own. Great course, and I look forward to taking more Transformative Storytelling courses offered by Viva. You absolutely won’t be disappointed, take the course!” – Betty, Colorado
Week 1: Honoring Cycles / Claiming Your Place
Week 2: Creating a New Mythology
Week 3: The Illuminated Narrator
Week 4: Writing Goals / Peer Feedback / Closing Circle
- 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
About the Instructor
Leigh Hopkins is a writer, speaker, and educator. In 2010, she left a career in social policy and education reform to move to Brazil. There, she launched a retreat center and founded Viva Institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field. You can read Leigh’s monthly column, “Secret Circus,” on bestselling-author Lidia Yuknavitch’s online writing workshop, Corporeal Writing. Leigh’s essays have been published in Elephant Journal, ENTROPY Magazine, The Manifest-Station, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Viva Institute, and at LeighHereNow. Leigh lives in Philadelphia, where she is completing a novel.
I’d studied with Leigh before and found her as kind and compassionate as she is industrious, witty, and gifted at bringing out the best in everyone around her. Interesting, thoughtfully-planned lessons led to assignments that hardly felt like work at all. As I participated, it was fascinating to discover not only that my story had a way of telling itself and I was just its ‘keeper,’ but that my voice seemed to simply be awaiting my call for it to venture out. I was truly surprised at just how uplifted and inspired I felt receiving the positive, helpful comments and feedback – and respond with a very heartfelt thank you. – Kelly, Minnesota
“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