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Writing the Labyrinth
August 26 @ EST 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$75
We’ve moved online! All workshops will be conducted through Zoom, an interactive platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation in your workshops. You’ll receive an email with a Zoom link to your workshop 5pm the day of the workshop.
Member Price: $65
Deadline to Register: August 26, 5 pm
Instructor: Karen vanMeenen
The labyrinth is an ancient circular geometric pattern formed of intertwined spirals with a single path leading to the center. The path in is the same path out. A leading labyrinth researcher writes, “A walker leaving the labyrinth is not the same person who entered it, but has been born again into a new phase or level of existence.” In these challenging times, this walking meditation can provide solace, inspiration, and clarity. The labyrinth at the First Unitarian Church on Winton Road in Rochester is outdoors and freely accessible in daylight. Guidelines for walking the labyrinth and prompts for responding to the experience in writing will be sent in advance by email. In our workshop meeting we will share writing and process the experience as well as look toward more opportunities to write the labyrinth.
A second follow-up session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7 – 8pm.
Karen vanMeenen has directed Writers & Books’ Rochester Reads program since 2001. A senior lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching courses in Writing, Literature, and Contemporary Media Art, she has served as the Editor of the media arts journal Afterimage for more than 25 years. She edited the collections Giving Sorrow Words: Poems of Strength and Solace; Light At the End: Poems, by Lyn Lifshin; and Nevermore: Poetry and Prose by Edgar Allan Poe. She is certified as a writing therapist and serves on the executive board of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and as the Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Poetry Therapy. vanMeenen has Master of Arts degrees in Transformative Language Arts and in Media Studies, and is completing a PhD program in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought at the European Graduate School.