Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 pm

In response to the public health concerns related to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Wisdom Ways will pause all programs through June 30, 2020. This includes Writing as Contemplation: An Evening Conversation on May 6.

In the city fields 
Contemplating cherry-trees…
Strangers are like friends


Contemplation, as the Buddhist priest and poet Issa illustrates, is a field of intimacy, and writing is one entrance.  Writers Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew and Kyoko Katayama will share observations about writing as a mindfulness practice and lead us in writing exercises that encourage deep listening, responsive creating, and open-hearted becoming.

COST:  $25.00



Kyoko Katayama, a retired psychotherapist of 35 years, has been a lifelong student of writing and visual art. Author of the chapbook Wings above the Sea: A story and images of loss and transformation, her poems and prose have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Kyoko was a Loft Inroads Mentoring Award recipient. She is a mother and grandmother, and a befriender of a rescued dog.

Kyoko is the Contributing Writer for the Wisdom Ways Winter/Spring 2020 Catalog.  Read her selection.


Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; Living Revision: Opening the Writer’s Art; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.

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