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Slipper Camp – Grandmothers and Grandkids

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I recently posted the piece below on Facebook. I was amazed at the response. Hundreds commented. Dozens shared my post. Until then I thought I was the only one whose life changed when my first grandchild was born. Now I know it’s not so. The bond between grandmas and grandkids goes deep. It’s a life-changer.

So, for the first time, I’m creating a Slipper Camp about that bond. Slipper Camp Grandmas and Grandkids starts October 15th/Ends November 2nd.

In this online writing course we will be writing about our relationships with our grandmothers and/or grandkids. Like the photo above, the child is deep within the heart of the grandmother, the grandmother deep within the heart of her grandchild.

This is for grandmas who are close to their grandkids and those who aren’t. For grandkids who are close to their grandmas and those who’ve lost them. It’s for those who want to write about that bond – the good, the bad, the ordinary.

Slipper Camp will be the same format as always: 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about grandmothers and grandkids every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. If you join you will send me 1,000 words by midnight every other day.

Starts October 15th/Ends November 2nd.
Limit: 10 writers
Please PM me for cost and more info.
Payment will secure your spot.

Thank you.

The piece that led to this Slipper Camp:

“I never had a grandmother or grandfather (Auschwitz) and I honestly never knew what I was missing. Then I became a grandmother ten years ago, when Jazz was born in a bathtub in Bali, delivered into the hands of legendary midwife Ibu Robin Lim.

The candlelit bathtub was filled with frangipani flowers. The room was open to the sky. My son and daughter-in-love were in each other’s arms as Jazz was about to be born.

The midwife asked us to chant prayers. Marcelle’s mother chanted in Hebrew. I chanted in Sanskrit. She asked Evan to say a few words to his daughter as she came into this world, the last words she would remember whenever she left this world.

It had been a long, difficult night. An agonizing labor. Many times I’d worried that this was a crazy plan. That they should have gone to the hospital. That Marcelle or the baby might die.

They were in a brand new house. It had no hot water. And they were having a water birth. “Get huge pots,” my son had instructed the day before. Throughout the long night we’d carried dozens of potfuls of hot water from the stove in the kitchen to the bathtub at the other end of the house. It felt nuts.

Then, in that candlelit bathroom, as Jazz was emerging and we were praying and my son was murmuring to his soon-to-be-born baby, I looked over at an empty corner and I saw them. My ancestors were there. Huddled together, holding hands, women, men, children with golden hair. They, like me, were entranced by this birth. “Here she comes,” they exulted. “Here comes another one!” My ancestors, lost in the Holocaust, lost to me always, were there. I began to sob.

Through my tears I saw Jazz emerge and my ancestors fade. She was cradled in her parents’ arms, then in the midwife’s and then she was handed to me.

In that moment I was changed on a cellular level. My life of lack, of generations lost to the Holocaust, the tragic past of my family – it all changed.

My granddaughter, my golden-haired Jazz, had just brought me the future.”

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Slipper Camp – LOVE

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With so much negativity around us, I want to focus on love. How about you?

On August 21, 2017 LOVE will be the subject of the next online Writing Slipper Camp. I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about LOVE every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts August 21st/ends September 10. Over 350 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Please email me for further details (lspravina21@gmail.com). $200 for 20 days.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

xoxo
Linda
NOTE: Slipper Camp fills up fast so please sign up if interested.
As of 7/28/2017 – No spaces are available!
THANK YOU

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Slipper Camp- IMAGINATION

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On June 24, 2016, IMAGINATION will be the subject of the fifth online Writing Slipper Camp of 2016.

I’ve lived in my imagination my whole life so I’m with Einstein: LOGIC WILL GET YOU FROM POINT A TO POINT B. IMAGINATION WILL TAKE YOU ANYWHERE.

Over 325 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011. Books/screenplays and a play have been started and finished in Slipper Camps; articles written from prompts have been published; writers have used this structured online Slipper Camp to start or renew their writing practice.

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will take this particular Slipper Camp. You will receive 3 illustrated prompts about IMAGINATION every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts June 24 and ends July 13.
Please register on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/624838514346090/) or email me!

Cost: $200 .

Let’s ring in the summer of 2016 with our words about IMAGINATION.

Only open to the first 10 writers who sign up.

Thank you.
Can’t wait to read your writings.
xoxo

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CORRECTION: Slipper Camp – HOME

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Dear Ones,
One little letter off! On April 10, 2016, HOME will be the subject of the fourth online Writing Slipper Camp of 2016. Not Hope, HOME.

That’s not to say that HOPE wouldn’t be a terrific topic for a Slipper Camp. But after creating 60 prompts on LOVE over the past few months, Hope was leading me down some of the same roads as I thought about new prompts.

So we’ll be writing about HOME. Be it ever so humble, HOME is more than a place. It’s also an idea. It’s where the heart is.

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about HOME every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts April 10, Ends April 29. Over 300 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Let’s continue to ring in 2016 with our words about HOME.
Can’t wait to read your writings.
xoxo

Here is the link to the Facebook event.

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Slipper Camp – HOPE

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On April 10, 2016, HOPE will be the subject of the fourth online Writing Slipper Camp of 2016.

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about HOPE every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts April 10, Ends April 29. Over 250 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Let’s continue to ring in 2016 with a healthy dose of HOPE! xoxo

Here is the link to the Facebook event.

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Slipper Camp Love 2.0

On March 4, 2016, LOVE will be the subject of the online Writing Slipper Camp of 2016. These will be ALL NEW prompts :).

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about LOVE every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts March 4, Ends March 23. Over 250 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Let’s focus our energies on a healthy dose of LOVE in 2016! xoxo

To register email me here or on Facebook here.

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Thinking About Last Week

The Fourth Annual February Writing Retreat (this year in Cambria) was the most terrific of all. Out of respect for the Cambria 6, some of whom are Facebook-averse writers, here they are, backs to me, watching the sun go down. Bonded by stories and laughter and tears, great meals, writing sessions, shopping! and a final caper that sent us all home with a huge grin. Thank you, my writers. You know who you are. What a glorious time we had together.

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I started my morning reading this beautiful post from friend Pam L. Houston. As I create the Slipper Camp 2016 – about LOVE – I was struck by Pam’s words: May we all engage with the things that allow us to face the world with love instead of fear, as this ship we are all on together swings its big bow today, back toward the sun. Thank you, Pam Houston for this. I needed it today.

The longest night of the year has passed. And these last weeks have seemed particularly dark, filled with, to borrow a phrase from a friend, empty militancy and compassionless ideology. It’s been harder than ever to have faith in America. Harder than ever to have faith in a lot of things. My solstice prayer this year is that the return of the light will indeed be the return of the light. A long time ago I met Carlos Casteneda in an airport–I was not particularly a fan–but he told me many things I have never forgotten, including how important it is to face the changes in my life with love instead of fear. I don’t always succeed at this of course, but I do try. Dogs help, and music, and great literature, and maybe most of all the natural world. May we all engage with the things that allow us to face the world with love instead of fear, as this ship we are all on together swings its big bow today, back toward the sun.

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#AlchemyofHealing

How I love these gorgeous women who came to the second-ever Alchemy of Healing Workshop yesterday. We chanted in Sanskrit and Hebrew, wrote without fear, practiced gentle and restorative yoga with Ann Braden and made magic together. The colors of my mother’s paintings brightened by the hour. By day’s end we were sisters. ‪#‎Howthelightgetsingetsin‬ ‪#‎amwriting‬‪#‎amteaching‬ ‪#‎alchemyofhealing‬

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Alchemy of Healing Workshop

When Ann Braden and I decided to create a yoga/writing workshop – The Alchemy of Healing – we wanted to begin a practice of celebrating the cracks within us and filling them with gold. Today, we received this exquisite song from Patty Paul. It broke my heart and then filled the cracks with gold.
Peter Mayer’s ‘Japanese Bowl.” Please listen…

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen.

For more info about our event, click here.