WEEKEND & DAY LONG RETREATS
I would highly recommend workshops coordinated and facilitated by Ms. Minney. She is down to earth, humorous, and a wealth of knowledge. If you have the opportunity to attend, by all means, sign up quickly before they fill up! Holly Knight, Calhoun County, WV
Lisa Minney has been writing professionally for more than twenty-five years, and she served as the publisher and editor of Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine for ten years. Her writing has also appeared in Entropy Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The Trillium, and other publications, and she has work appearing in three upcoming anthologies. She is a member of West Virginia Writers, Appalachian Writers, and the Nonfiction Authors Association.
Lisa received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She also has degrees in Liberal Arts, English, and Journalism. In addition, Lisa has training in Travel Writing and library science, and she serves as Library Director at Gilmer Public Library. She is more than willing to come to your location to offer retreats and workshops.
I attended the Writer’s Workshop conducted by Lisa, and must say it was one of the best workshops I have attended in quite some time. Lisa worked hard on this project and it showed. She was well prepared with prompts and stories to compliment the prompts. The location, the exercises, and the food was excellent. I was able to accomplish my goal for the workshop, which was to come away with writings and drafts to take home and continue with my writing. The workshop was geared to participants of all levels of writing (which was an added bonus) and I know everyone came away with new writing.
I would not hesitate to attend any workshop conducted by Lisa and in fact, would attend this same workshop again if it were offered. I have recommended the workshop to numerous writing friends.
Sherrell Wigal (poet), Parkersburg, WV
DAY LONG WORKSHOP OPTIONS
Hike & Write Workshop
Limit 6 (Minimum of 4)
We explore nature with our writing–hiking and creating in your outdoor environment. Prompts and writing exercises designed for inspiration, perspective, and discovery. For writers of all genres, all levels. Includes casual hiking. Freewrite in any genre, learn time allotted for sharing work and receiving input.
Writing From Nature
Limit 6 (Minimum of 4)
Join us as we explore nature with our writing in the environment of your outdoor environment. Prompts and exercises designed for inspiration and discovery. For writers of all levels creating different forms of simple but elegant poetry. Freewrite in any genre, learn about and create framable Haiga (image/poetry hybrid pieces) to take home. Time allotted for sharing work and receiving input.
Creative Meditation Workshop
Limit 6 people, (Minimum of 4)
Learn meditation and mindfulness activities to enhance focus and allow us to tap into our creative potential. Establish a more creative lifestyle with simple stretching, breathing, meditation, and mindfulness exercises. Define and set your creative intentions, develop a creative routine ritual, stoke your inspiration and keep your creative concentration longer. Includes writing activities, but also great for artists!
Runes & Moons Writers Workshop
Limit 6 people, (Minimum of 4)
Create and learn habits and tools you can use to provide regular writing inspiration! Learn about the earliest letters, created by cultures who believed words and sounds have magical meaning. Rune script was used throughout the world, and even in West Virginia. Follow rune meanings to a wonderful essay, story or poem. Then, learn how the phases of the moon can inspire your writing! Then create pieces based on the characters and stories and places of the moon. Join us as we imagine and create our own methods to use ancient letters and the company of the moon to provide us with regular writing inspiration in our lives.
WEEKEND WORKSHOP OPTIONS
Minimum Attendance: 4 People
Let’s explore nature with our writing, hiking, and creating in the wildlife refuge. Prompts and writing exercises designed for inspiration, perspective, and discovery. Craft work focuses on scene, description, observation and reflection. Free write in any genre, then learn about Gatha, Tanka writing forms, and create framable Haiga (image/poetry hybrid pieces) to take home. Time allotted for sharing work and receiving input.
Available with three possible themes:
- Journaling for Self-Guidance and Spiritual Growth – A journal can be a powerful tool for self-healing and self-guidance. Journals allow you to enter and explore problems as if they are mysteries to be solved. They allow us to overcome the feeling of powerlessness by writing ourselves into focus and evoking possible solutions. Problems released and confronted in a journal transform their negative energy into constructive energy that moves you forward in your life.
- Journaling to Remember – We are the accumulation of our life’s experiences, but so often, we tend to forget all of our successes, fail to celebrate the struggles and challenges we survive, neglect to honor those who have offered us love and life lessons. Spend time recognizing and writing out the accomplishments and tiny truths of your life.
- Journaling for Creative Expression – Creativity depends upon being in touch with your intellectual and emotional processes, upon listening for, valuing, and cultivating what comes from within. The principles of journaling—patience with your own process, faith in your intuition, the search for synthesis—are all essential to original creative activity. Once acquired, these principles expand naturally to all other creative pursuits.
Choose from five different themes:
- Beginnings & Endings – Life is circular, with beginnings and endings flowing into one another like streams to rivers and rivers to seas. Let this retreat lead you on a journey of your own beginnings and endings in the midst of nature’s respite, for exploration of where you are.
- Change of Seasons – The earth tilts, the sun shifts, and everything changes. The world is transformed by the seasons. Let us reflect, as Wendell Berry says, on the “circles of the seasons within the circles of the years.” We can use the seasons around us to help us record changes of our own, within and without.
- Runes & Moons – Learn about the earliest letters, created by cultures who believed words and sounds have magical meaning. Follow rune meanings to a wonderful essay, story, or poem. Then, learn how the phases of the moon can inspire your writing! Create pieces based on the characters and stories and places of the moon. Imagine and create your own methods to use ancient letters and the company of the moon to provide regular inspiration in your life.
- Writing From the Oracles – Since the dawn of man, humans have consulted oracles for wisdom beyond their own understanding. Let us look to oracles like the tarot, runes and astrology for messages and guidance. For any oracle is a mirror of our innermost, intuitive selves. They direct our attention to our innermost truths.
- Seeds & Gardens – What bright hope it takes to plant a seed, what tender patience to grow a garden. Planting and harvesting ceremonies have been practiced since the beginning of time. Offerings, prayers, and giving thanks have always played a part. Join us as we celebrate hope, faith, and life.