For more information or to register for any one of our writing workshops and/or arts & crafts classes, please call Customer Service at (626) 449-5320.
All classes will take place in the Vroman's Meeting Room, Suite 120 located next door to Vroman's Main Store in the Atrium at 709 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 120.
If for any reason you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, we require 24 hour notice of your cancelation in order to receive a refund. Refunds will NOT be issued on the same day of class or after the class has already occured.
Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop
(This is an ongoing workshop, with dates constantly being added.
New participants welcome. You can sign up for one or mulitple!)
January 18, 2020 (NOW FULL)
February 22, 2020
March 21, 2020
April 18, 2020
9:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: $70.00 per class
Whether you have a manuscript in progress or simply a vague idea of a story you’d like to write, you’re invited to join this ongoing, once a month three hour workshop to discover the possibilities of your story. Writing exercises from Barbara’s book, 'Kicking in the Wall’ will help silence your inner critic and get you writing immediately, and you'll also have the opportunity to read your work aloud for feedback. Fiction as well as memoir and personal essay will be explored. Enrollment is limited.
About the Instructor: Barbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books, including the award winning Charlie Anderson, and books of non-fiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies. Her most recent books are Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They’ve Loved & Lost and A Year of Writing Dangerously, which was chosen by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the best books for writers. (http://www.pw.org/best-books-for-writers. ) and her fifteenth book, Kicking In The Wall published by New World Library. She received the Outstanding Instructor award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at UCLA Extension where she teaches creative writing. She also conducts private writing retreats and writes two weekly blogs: at www.BarbaraAbercrombie.com and www.TheIntimidatedCook.com .She lives in Los Angeles and Lake Arrowhead, California.
Managing Stress During the Holidays:
A Mindfulness Guide to Deepening Connection
and Feelings of Calm and Joy
Saturday December 14th
Cost: $50 per person
Whether you look forward to the holidays or find them stressful (or both), this time of year is a wonderful opportunity to implement strategies that can help you find true joy and deeper connection with others.
In this workshop, we’ll look at how the practice of mindfulness helps us reduce stress and navigate challenges and difficult relationships. We’ll take a look at how a mindful approach to the holidays can bring happiness to yourself and those around you. And, we’ll practice mindfulness meditation, as we learn to be more present in our lives, while finding calm and clarity within.
In our 3 hours together, you’ll learn:
- - why mindfulness is beneficial to our physical and emotional health
- - how stress affects us and ways to overcome it
- - Instructions on a mindfulness meditation practice that you can practice in your daily life
- - mindful tips for staying calm during the holidays
- - what gift giving and compassion have in common, and
- - we’ll look at strategies to help us sleep better – maybe even sleeping through Santa’s trip down the chimney on Christmas night!
Special note: This workshop will focus on additional mindfulness ideas and practices that were not included in the introductory workshops that Elizabeth led in August and October 2019. The workshop will include an introduction to mindfulness meditation, and all levels of meditation experience are welcome.
About the Instructor:
Elizabeth has been training and practicing mindfulness and meditation for the past 20 years. She is a certified mindfulness trainer and leads workshops and programs for the public and businesses. She has used mindfulness to help her in her former corporate career and taught meditation at various community centers. Elizabeth is passionate about helping people find tools and practices to help navigate this fast paced, technological world in which we are living.Visit Elizabeth on Facebook or Linked In. You can also find more information about her at The Prather Group.