Friday, January 13, 2012

The Flame in Every Hand: Writing as a Contemplative Act

with Poet / Songwriter / Storyteller John Terlazzo

From where does Inspiration arise? A conscious moving inward, consciously breathing in spires, in spiritus - beyond all dogma & concepts. There is a way to approach creative writing as a meditation, as a vehicle by which we begin to get flashes of what it means to be walking in this skin, in this world, in the spires of this moment. Inspiration will not show her face coyly, nonchalantly. We must actively seek her out.

"John Terlazzo is a Natural Teacher, using his interior work to bring the spirit, fine knowledge & encouragement to all who attend his retreats".
                          - Gioia Timpanelli, World-renown Storyteller, Novelist & Long-time Colleague of Robert Bly & the late Joseph Campbell

We’ll do contemplative writing experiments together, working with symbols, images & archetypes deep within ourselves & deep within folktales & stories from all over the world. And we'll sing, rant, meditate, chant, work with sound & silence, talk, laugh & step easily off the edge into what we do not know. There will be ample opportunity for folks to read their work aloud (or simply listen as they like), whisper, wonder & wail.  The program is OPEN TO BOTH EXPERIENCED & FIRST-TIME WRITERS ALIKE & is uniquely designed to accommodate both in an atmosphere that is simultaneously safe & welcoming on one hand, & energetically stimulating & challenging on the other.

This class will meet once each week from April 30 through June 18, mostly on Monday evenings, from 6-8pm.  Dates are 4/30, 5/9, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/5, 6/14, 6/18
All classes will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St., Lancaster, PA.  To register, stop in or phone 717-290-1517.
Cost is on a sliding scale from $135 to $85.  Our hope is that those who can pay at the higher end of the scale will do so, thereby enabling others to be able to take the class.

  About the facilitator: John Terlazzo is a poet, painter, singer/songwriter & storyteller who performs & records with his band, Voices in the Hall. John has led The Flame In Every Hand (originally titled, The Secret Tells Its Self) for over 20  years with people of all ages & in all walks of life - the general public, with psycho-therapists & others in the helping professions, with school kids & home-schooled kids of varying ages, with adjudicated youth & with those suffering from mental illnesses, in hospitals & wellness centers &  (for 5 years) at the Women's Resource Center at The Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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