Water, stories, the body,
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and show what’s hidden.
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret we sometimes know,
and then not. –Rumi
Writing as a Spiritual Practice is designed to help participants develop their spiritual voice, understand how they perceive their place in creation, and reflect deeply on their lives. Using creative writing techniques and contemplative meditations, participants explore their experiences of the sacred as well as what they have been taught about it. Students write on topics such as their first understandings of death, birth, divinity, prayer, and meaning. And they reflect on how their life experiences relate to themes from various religious traditions, such as faith, grace, blessing, inter-being, wisdom, Shabbat, nature, judgment, and forgiveness. This practice encourages students to speak honestly about their experiences of the infinite and to actively listen for its presences in their daily lives. Unique to this practice is a physical warm-up and emotive exercises so that writing is approached not only from the head and the heart, but also from the body and its wisdom. At the end of the workshop, participants choose one reflection from their struggle, their awe, their insight, to share with others in an evening of storytelling.
Kirsten Wilson studied Buddhism with Thich Nhat Hanh, world religions at the Institute for Ministry in a Multifaith World, and the Judeo/Christian tradition at Union Theological Seminary, where she received a Master’s of Divinity. She has an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and has taught autobiographical monologue writing and performance classes since 1993. She worked as a interfaith chaplain at Beth Israel Hospital as part of her Health Care Chaplaincy training.