Opening the Heart Box and Listening to Your Heart Songs

September 16, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Opening the Heart Box and Listening to Your Heart Songs

Dr. Juanita Kirton, Eileen Seiler and Emily Thompson

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September 16, 2016 6:30 PM until September 18, 2016
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Prayer for a Journey
“Thank You God
not just for life,
but for our journey through life
life is a miracle,
and a journey through life
is so full of so many more miracles
if we travel with our Heartsong
Thank You God
For blessing me with the
Gift of Heart songs,
So that I can enjoy my miracles.”
April 1998
Mattie JT Septanek: July 17, 1990-June 22, 2004

QuillEssence Writing Collective consist of a small group of woman, who believe that women writers of all genres and levels deserve the time and a safe space to listen to their authentic voice and write about their hearts desires.  We will discover through writing exercises, prompts, breathing and music the power of words. Together we will understand and appreciate the power of listening to others and ourselves. The retreat is created in a supportive environment to encourage participants to explore their inner passions and dreams. Writing will be done in large and small groups. Feedback and sharing will focus on what is effective in each piece.

A preliminary schedule and agenda:
1. Friday afternoon registration, welcome and opening ceremony, warm-up writing exercise and dinner
2. Saturday breakfast, large group prompt, small group writing exercise, lunch/break, large group meeting, small group writing exercise, dinner, fire-pit, music, massages.
3. Sunday breakfast, large group meeting/writing prompt, large group writing/hands-on activity, sharing/open reading, closing ceremony, lunch, feedback forms and checkout.

Dr. Juanita Kirton earned MFA from Goddard College, 2015 and is poetry editor for Clockhouse Literary Journal. Juanita is a member of Women Reading Aloud workshop series and studied under Julie Maloney and Jacqueline Sheehan. She is a group facilitator Women Who Write Inc., in New Jersey and directs QuillEssence Writing Collective. Juanita is published in several anthologies, recently, Goldfinch Literary Magazine,  Persimmon Tree, Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries Poetry Anthology and Exit 13 Magazine.

Eileen Seiler is a professional writer and editor with her own communication consulting business. She has indulged some of her other passions, working part time as a chef and winemaker. Much like the process of writing, Eileen enjoys taking all of the ingredients and making something delicious out of them. She discovered her poetry muse as a member of the Blairstown, NJ group of Women Who Write and is co-leader for QuillEssence Writing Collective. Eileen has been published in Goldfinch.

Emily Thompson is an office manager for a Pulmonologist and has been a writer for most of her lifetime.  She runs The Pahaquarry Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit that provides art programs for middle school and high school students and sponsors adult writing sessions in Warren County, NJ.  She belongs to the Blairstown, NJ group of Women Who Write and the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and is co-leader for QuillEssence Writing Collective.  She has been published in the Goldfinch and The Write Stuff literary magazines.


Cost $365 includes double occupancy room, board and tuition

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