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Write Into Spring: Half Day Writing Retreat

New and experienced meditators, aspiring writers, established writers, and writers of any genre are all welcome to an afternoon writing retreat led by poet and writer Ellen White Rook at Albany Shambhala Center and Shastri. Meditation instruction will be available for anyone new to meditation or in need of a refresher.

Participants will spend the afternoon practicing sitting meditation, exploring our genuine, awake hearts, mindful movement through walking meditation (and perhaps a little gentle stretching or yoga) and writing sessions led by Ellen White Rook. Optional writing prompts will be offered. At the close of the program, there will be an opportunity to socialize and share our words as well.

This event will be offered in person; however, if you would like to participate remotely, please make a note during registration and you will receive a zoom link.

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Ellen White Rook is a poet and teacher of contemplative arts living in upstate New York and southern Maine. She encountered the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa in 1976 and joined the Albany, New York Shambhala community in 1980 where she has held a variety of positions including Director of the Albany Shambhala Center and Shastri. In addition to leading writing workshops, she teaches meditation, Buddhism and contemplative arts She is an also an Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) instructor in the Sogetsu tradition. She is married and the mother of three adult daughters.