MINDFUL SCREENWRITING Workshops (upcoming)  combining mindfulness meditation and self compassion techniques with screenwriting and storytelling for screens. The workshop is geared toward story/project development, including very recent stories or those about to be born. More info to follow regarding upcoming workshops.

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Mindful Screenwriting Program: some excerpts from DAY 1

Journey to the Land of Story, planned and unplanned, sought after and seeking.

The Guest House 

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. 

— Jellaludin Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks 

 

Some Techniques and Workshop Elements:

-blue sky: opening meditation

-Tich Nhat Hanh, Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Jack Kornfield

-project or story concept

-what is it -exploration and design 

-connective tissue - characters, themes, and events, major and minor  

-inner critic exercises, and befriending the inner critic

-core values, yours, a meditation on

-core values , theirs, your characters

 I WISH

- I wish moment for ourselves

- I wish moment for our characters

- examples screened

- small groups listening responding