EON Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

Updated February 6, 2012. ~MDH

ALL Embodying Our Nature events will be held at Gone Wired Cafe, 2021 East Michigan Avenue in Lansing, Michigan (with the exception of Christine Wilson’s Saturday morning yoga session which is already full and therefore closed).  Events are FREE and open to the public, though advance notification of attendance will be helpful to organizers and presenters.  We do ask that you support Gone Wired’s generous hosting of EON  by purchasing food and/or drink at the cafe and that you refrain from bringing in outside food.

Friday, Feb. 17 
12:00pm – Meet and greet. Registration.
12:30 – 1:30pm – Opening Talking Circle – theme
1:30 – 1:45pm – Self-directed time: writing, break
1:45 – 2:45pm – Julia Brown and Dawn Comer – “Circles of Motion”:  Letting Go, Journeying Honestly
2:45 – 3:15pm – Self-directed time: writing, break
3:15 – 4:15pm Barb Barton ~ Wild Foods: For Body and Soul
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:00pm Writing prompt and exchange (brief responses to the program so far)

Saturday, Feb. 18
[9:00 – 10:00 – CLOSED yoga session with Christine Wilson
–Participants will be notified separately about location]
9:00am – 10:30am – Self-directed writing at Gone Wired Cafe
10:30 – 11:00am – Writing prompt and exchange (regrouping)
11:00am – 12:00pm – Jan de la Torre ~ Writing with Your Senses in Mind
12:00 – 1:15pm –  Self-directed writing, lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm – Closing Talking Circle – theme
2:15pm – 3:00pm – Prep for Reading by Participants (set-up, revision, practice with one another)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Reading by Participants – open to the public

Workshop Descriptions

Julia Brown and Dawn Comer – “Circles of Motion”: Letting Go, Journeying Honestly

In “Eagle Poem,” Joy Harjo speaks of “circles of motion” both beyond and also within our selves, a fluid unity that resonates with this year’s theme.  Drawing from selected poems, Katherine Dunn’s Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists, and Julia’s and Dawn’s experiences as a visual artist and a writer, this workshop will explore possibilities for creating with an openness to the journey rather than an emphasis on the end product. Conversational in tone and hands-on in approach, Julia and Dawn desire a balance of engaged community dialogue and personal creative space, an interweaving of circles of motion within a workshop setting.

Barb Barton – Wild Foods:  For Body and Soul
Wild foods foraging and harvesting have been a traditional practice in all cultures across the globe, both providing sustenance and community bonding.  Barb Barton will share her knowledge of Great Lakes wild foods and traditional harvesting practices, and the impacts that their decline has had on community.

[CLOSED] Christine Wilson – Saturday morning yoga session
Yoga is sometimes defined as a “coming together.” As such, it represents a time when the relationship between the mind and body emerges more clearly because as we move into our bodies, we see how all of the workings of our minds manifest in our muscles and tissues, and vice versa. This gentle class will focus asanas (poses) that create openness so that we have the space to explore ourselves, our bodies, and our writing. Yoga helps us learn to let go of our egos and attachment to particular outcomes, which are two things essential to writing. There will be a period of guided meditation at the end.

Jan de la Torre – Writing With Your Senses in Mind
This workshop will explore how participants can incorporate the five main senses in their writing. Prompts will be given by the presenter as the students take a short walk around the workshop location. The participants will be asked to remember the sensations they felt during the walk. The remembrances will be used to compose a group written literary piece.

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