Sometimes something strikes you as the essence of your father or your mother. This video reminds me of my dad. The man in the video, Martin Hurkens, looks kind of like him, especially when my father, back in the day, would leave the house for a choral performance dressed in a black suit and bowtie and black polished dress shoes, his starched white french cuffs secured by glinting squares of garnet.
This is for you writers out there. I’ve been reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, and there’s something from it that I want to share. Or two things, really: first, what I learned from his book, and second, the importance of belonging to a writer’s group if you’re a writer. I belong to the Women At Woodstock Virtual Writer’s Colony, and it continuously gives me a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, support, and important finds, like this book.
If you’re like most women over 50, the prospect of appearing on camera in a video meeting raises some dread. We’re so pleased that Crystal Cobert, an expert in natural and healthy skincare who caters largely to women over 50, will be sharing her expertise on “video makeup” for women over 50!
In The Writers Colony at Women At Woodstock, you will start each day with a morning workshop taught by resident writing coach Ginnah Howard. We’ll share readings from projects we’re working on and exchange feedback, and Ginnah will also share info about the ins and outs of the publishing world.
We’re bringing in extraordinary chef Cathy Vogt, a board-certified health counselor and professional whole foods chef to teach a cooking workshop for us online, specifically focused on immunity-boosting foods. Perfectly timed for all of us doing our best to stay healthy during this time of Covid-19.
For the final session of our Over-50 Retreat, we’ll go deep into our Mastermind Sessions – the heart and soul of the Women At Woodstock experience.
We’re thrilled to have Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein, Ayurvedic Health Counselor & Yoga Therapist as our guide through this ancient and fascinating tradition of evidence-based, natural self-care and mind-and-physical balance, in our first workshop to begin our time together at the Women At Woodstock 2020 Over-50 Retreat.
Even though we’re virtual, spaces are limited to facilitate sharing and giving each participant time to be heard.
My writers residency at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony gave me everything I needed; an extraordinary week in a beautiful setting; a solitary existence atop a mountain in a zen-like flow of early morning light, growing and glowing sunshine, visiting birds, bunnies, and lizards, an expansive view, fresh breezes growing into late afternoon winds, rich red
I received a strange envelope addressed to me in my own handwriting. “What the hell is this?” I thought. I’d forgotten all about writing that letter nine months earlier at the Women At Woodstock retreat. It was during one of our Evening Salons, when Diane Baranello led a thoughtful discussion about making change in ones’