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Literature & Writing Workshops

Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories & Meaning


In this workshop you will explore some of the poignant memories and stories that have shaped your life. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you will discover stories that may surprise you with their power for self-discovery. As you reflect upon the events that make up your life, you will notice the continuous thread that weaves through your experiences, deepening an understanding of who you are, and offering a sense of clarity, meaning, and purpose for your life.

Sat., March 10
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85

Plus a $5 materials fee payable in class

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.


SoulCollage®: Invite the Poetry of Images into Your Life

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Anyone who has a love for images and symbols and is looking for an intuitive approach to enhance personal growth and nourish the soul will find this workshop inspiring and fun. Soul- Collage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you build your own unique deck of cards for personal reading. This is an introductory course meant for beginners but those already familiar with SoulCollage® will enjoy having time to review the basic concepts and create new cards. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together.

Sat., Nov. 11
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Sept. 11: $78
Register after Sept. 11: $88
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor in class

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other important information about classes.

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Lauren Mari-Navarro and Mariabruna Sirabella are trained facilitators of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both Lauren and Mariabruna have their own private counseling practices in Santa Cruz County.

The Writer's Journey


Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space or circumstances in which to do so. This one-day workshop will give you that time. During our day of writing together and reading aloud, you will tap into your creativity, explore your wild mind, and learn the basic tools you need to develop a rich, vital writing life.

The Writer’s Journey is rooted in writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg in her classic book, Writing Down the Bones. The class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers.

Students should bring a lunch.

Sat., Sept. 16
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by Sept. 11: $78
Register after Sept. 11: $90

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Laura Davis is the author of 7 non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. She teaches weekly writing workshops and has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 16 years.




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