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Writing Our Way Through Loss: A Grief Writing and Healing Retreat

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Have you experienced a meaningful loss in your life? Are you searching for a way to find words to express your grief and also to navigate the healing process? Then please join workshop facilitators Kaye Cleave and Christopher P. DeLorenzo for a day long writing retret titled, "Writing Our Way Through Loss: A Grief Writing and Healing Retreat."

The writing sessions will be facilitated in the Amherst Writers and Artists method (AWA) founded by Pat Schneider, which focuses on spontaneous writing prompts, voluntary reading, and positive feedback only. This isn't a therapy group, rather, it utilizes the AWA method as a healing art, a way of shaping meaning around our grief. Everyone is free to share his or her writing, or decline to read. We're also free to write about other subjects, but the writing prompts and handouts will each address grief and healing in some way.

During the retreat, we'll explore our ideas, thoughts, and stories generated by loss and surviving those we have loved. We'll also address the various ways we can approach the healing process and acknowledge the spectrum of experiences that represent grief and healing.

This retreat will have the same format as our Saturday mini retreats: we'll write in the morning, take several short breaks, and one longer break at lunchtime. After lunch, we’ll write again in the afternoon, and enjoy a homemade DeLorenzo dessert.

The cost for the retreat is $150, which includes lunch and a DeLorenzo dessert. If you are interested, please make a non-refundable $100 deposit to hold your place. You may do this by arranging to send Chris a check; you can also sign up on the "Fees and Deposits" page, using the Paypal drop-down menu. The balance is due on the day of the retreat.

To contact Chris, click the "Contact" tab to your left, or call Laguna Writers at 415-206-9771.

To contact Kaye, to read her bio, and to see a short film by Kaye, please see below.

Kaye Cleave                            kcleave60@gmail.com                           510-418-1082   


Kaye Cleave began her career as a teacher, first in Australia, and then in England. She earned an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco (2002), and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide, Australia (2006). From 2008–2010, she was a research scholar with the Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley. Her thesis involved interviewing bereaved mothers to determine if meditation helped them to grieve. She is very interested in the subject, being a mother who lost her only child.

She has travelled extensively and worked in various countries as a waitress, a taxi–driver, a professional public speaker, a counsellor, a grape-picker on a kibbutz, a sales-woman in Germany, and croupier in London. Kaye is now a life coach and an AWA writing workshop facilitator in the Bay Area; she completed the AWA Training Program in 2009. Her first book, Once More with Feeling (How to Manage your Emotions in the Workplace) was published in 1996. She is currently at work on a memoir, Catherine and the Buddha.

To see Kaye's short film, "A Tribute to Catherine," please click here.









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