In this two-week workshop we will explore a variety of writing exercises, interspersed with sessions of yoga and pranayama. The workshop title suggests what we’ll be doing. “Soundings” reminds us that writing is about sound. It is based in the body, based in the breath, and it is a way of shaping and playing with sound. But “soundings” is also a nautical term, referring to the process of measuring the depth of a body of water. Yoga and pranayama open us into a spirit of play in which we can take delight in verbal exploration and creativity. But yoga and pranayama also quiet and center us, enabling us to put aside daily concerns and, in writing, measure the depths of our own being and the world around us. The poet Rumi writes:
We have this way of talking, and we have another.
Apart from what we wish and what we fear may happen,
we are alive with other life, as clear stones
take form in the mountain.
(translated by Coleman Barks)
This “other life” is what we will explore.
No previous experience with either yoga or creative writing is needed. Only comfortable clothing, a yoga mat, something to write in, something to write with, and most of all your willingness to participate.
2 Saturdays: July 11th & 18th 3:00-5:30pm
Full Workshop (2 sessions): $60, or $35/single session.
Register online by visiting our Web Store or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of four books of poems, most recently Dream Cabinet (2012), and the coeditor of The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013). She is a professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches both literature and creative writing, and she is a yoga instructor at Southern Star Yoga Center in Oxford.