Enjoy the sacred art of poetry in this New Year half day mini retreat. We’ll write, read and share the magic that comes from our souls to inspire our hearts and dreams with gratitude, love and bliss for 2018.
“I enjoy simple poems that cut straight to the heart.”
Ever since Laura said this to me and the group of other women at her Haven writing retreat I’ve given myself permission to write from my soul. Poetry is one of my biggest passions and it comes in so many wonderful ways.
One of my goals for the New Year is to pursue poetry; attend some open mic nights, write more, submit more to publications, and…help other people enjoy it too! So I’m starting the year off, on New Year’s Day (My favorite holiday of the year) with a workshop that’ll start me (and you) off on the “write” foot! Get ready to be inspired!
Here’s what you’ll enjoy and take away from this 3-4 hour workshop:
♥We’ll start the morning off with a 2-mile walk – (half street, half trail – weather permitting), to get connected to nature and our bodies (my two favorite forms of poetry inspiration). So don’t forget your running or hiking shoes and warm clothes!
♥We’ll come back for a little coffee/tea and sit down for some introductions, and to read a few of our favorite poems (you’re welcome to bring one to read) and our first writing exercise. Get ready to be led in a powerful body awareness exercise that will connect you with your intuition, inner healer and creative badass. This will be followed by a warm up writing exercise to get us in the writing flow.
♥Next we’ll do some poetry writing! – Whether you already write poetry, or have never, I have an amazing poetry writing exercise to share with you!
♥Next we’ll share our poems with each other and enjoy giving a voice to our words. We’ll talk about courage, the inner critic and other things that might get in your way of writing and sharing your stuff. We’ll wrap up the day with a reading of one of my favorite inspirational poems.
When is this awesomeness happening? January 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where is this awesomeness happening? At Brave Healer Productions – 7618 Carteret Road, Bethesda, Maryland, 20817
How many spots are there for this awesomeness? 12 – so grab your spot ASAP!
What’s the fee for this awesomeness? $120 – included guided walk, coffee/tea and workshop activities.
What do I need to bring for this awesomeness? Your notebook, pen and good shoes for walking! Dress for the weather!
Questions? Email them to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s your street cred Laura?
Glad you asked.
I’m an intuitive writing strategist, an author of spiritual erotica, a published poet and author, holistic physical therapist and third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have over two decades-worth of experience in healing and writing.
I’ve been journaling since I was fifteen, blogging since 2008, and have been a published author since 2012. My books include a memoir (Living, Healing and Taekwondo) and four poetry journals (Warrior Love, a Journal to Inspire Your Fiercely Alive Whole Self was the first, followed by Warrior Joy, Warrior Soul and Warrior Dreams).
I’m currently writing a book about brave healing, a book about intuitive writing and a spiritual erotica novel. I’m a contributor for The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, The Elephant Journal, The Wellness Universe, Consumer Health Digest, Best Self Magazine, and a host of other amazing online sites that focus on personal development.
I teach my live workshop, Writing as a Path to Healing, at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and have developed and taught online versions as well. I do freelance writing for influencers, and intuitive writing strategy sessions for those wanting to share their stories with the world.
On a personal note: I’m a recovering good girl and perfectionist. I’m winning the battle with unworthiness. I love drag racing and raves. I live by this quote from my coach Torrie Pattillo: “When you’re positive, on-purpose, determined and optimistic, magical shit happens,” and I’m navigating motherhood with two amazing, badass teenagers as a newly divorced goddess. I dig dark chocolate and cheese, but not necessarily at the same time.
Getting super real now: I moved through a deep depression recently to the other side, where joy sat staring me in the face and said, “You ready?” How did I move through it? A combination of a fierce awareness, healing and writing practice and lots and lots of poetry. I’m extremely passionate about poetry and how it continues to make my life an amazing place to enjoy and adventure in.
Testimonials: I don’t have any for this workshop yet. This is my first poetry retreat! It’s based on my powerful workshop, Writing as a Path to Healing. If you need to read testimonials, here are a few from the other workshop:
“The class helped me break through some of the mental and emotional blocks that kept me from expressing myself creatively. Being able to identify those blocks and learning how to better mange them are invaluable tools. Finding community with other people on this journey was also a special experience. And Laura is an absolutely wonderful teacher and guide through this process!! Take this class. You won’t regret it.”
“Laura Di Franco is a force to be reckoned with. She ignites a fire and nurtures the flame during the course of the class. She designed a class built to tap into the deep recesses of your soul. The weekly writing sessions help release anxieties and stress. Laura offers up continuous support and positive energy. Her mentoring, along with the synergy from the other class members made the experience feel like a weekly therapy session and left me with a notebook full of writing entries and all kinds of tips and resources”
“Your energy is powerful and it comes through in your writing and sharing. Something about how your writing and the way your feelings come across and connect with complete strangers is just amazing. Your workshops have helped me a lot. Your sincere care for my wellbeing has gotten me to where I am today. And I know I have a bright and exciting journey to continue. And for that I am eternally grateful.”
This magical workshop is for you if:
You LOVE poetry – writing, listening to, reading and/or sharing.
You want to be part of an amazing New Year’s celebration and start your 2018 inspired and feeling good about life!
You’d like to connect with other humans in person and feel that goodness.
You’re curious about poetry.
You’ve always wanted to write a poem!
You write poems and would like a group to share with!