• Life,  Work in progress

    The Value of Retreating

    Is there value in going away to write? This question has been on my mind since I recently facilitated at two very different writing retreats. The first was a two-day writing camp for teens and the second was a two-day writing retreat for adults. While they were very different in tone and amenities (think high school camp food versus gourmet home cooked meals), the intention for both programs was similar. All participants were exposed to ideas and tasks in the craft of writing in the hope that they were able to explore different aspects of writing and gain confidence in their skills. There is always a danger in participating in…

  • Telling Your Story

    The Beauty of Silence

    I just spent a week in Bali to reunite with family members from Tokyo and Australia and to meet my youngest nephew. Without realising it, we booked this week during the Nyepi holiday. While a little inconvenient to have this during our one week of family time, it was in fact a wonderful experience. Nyepi is the Balinese Day of Silence or their New Year. At around lunchtime the day before, the Balinese people are itching to finish work and get home to start their holiday. The night is full of colour, noise and ceremony to send the demons out to sea. You can feel the party atmosphere everywhere you…