Meditate. Write. Wake up.
I run an online group mindfulness immersion course twice a year for writers. The next one is in May 2019. you can read about it more below. If you’d like individual instruction, that’s year round and you can contact me to set up a chat! I’d love to help start you on your practice.
It's time to go deep.
Flow: oh, that elusive addiction of writers. We want it. Gotta have it. Crave it like none other. In all my years of working as a writer, I've never found anything that unlocks flow the way meditation and mindfulness practices do. I'm so convinced of meditation's usefulness that I got certified as a meditation teacher to better help my fellow writers discover this wonder for themselves.
Meditation doesn't just help with creative flow, though. Just a few months after I began meditating daily, I was able to (safely) wean off my medication for major depression, of which I'm a lifelong sufferer. I have fewer migraines. I'm much better able to deal with the stress of publishing and the uncertainties and disappointments that crop up in the writing life. I'm nicer (sometimes). And I'm much kinder to myself. I could go on and on. I know this sounds like I'm a snake oil salesman trying to push a miracle tonic on you, but the proof is in the pudding: not only is this ancient practice more relevant and necessary than ever before, there is a SLEW of scientific evidence done on how meditation effects the brain and, people, it's unreal. This stuff works.
Meditation for writers, by writers
This September, once again I'll be leading a group of flow seekers into the wilds of their inner lives. We're going to build a meditation practice for you from the ground up so that by the time October rolls around, you'll have a sustainable practice of your own that will support not only your writing, but the rest of your life. We're going to do exploratory writing to get deeper into the practice and to look at all the things the immersion is bringing up. You'll have loads of mindfulness hacks and tools at your disposal so that you can bring what you're learning in meditation into your daily life. You'll be tracking the changes you're experiencing, with help along the way from me and the other writers in the immersion.
If you think you can't meditate, this course is for you. If you've tried meditation and it hasn't stuck, this course is for you. If you're curious about what meditation and mindfulness are all about, this course is for you. If you want to enhance your current meditation practice, this course is for you. If you want to enhance your creative flow, improve your focus and memory, reduce stress, relieve anxiety / depression / fear, THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.
When: May 2019 (online)
What you get (aside from a life-changing practice, of course.):
4 guided meditation recordings (1 each week) that are made exclusively for this immersion, with each recording focusing on different facets of the meditation practice
An Immersion Workbook (PDF) that includes an extensive intake, meditation tracker, worksheets, writing exercises, creative immersion practices, and other fun assignments. Exercises will be a mix of internal exploration and ways to dive deeper into your fiction using meditation / mindfulness.
A private Facebook group just for this immersion cohort that I will be hanging out in every day, answering questions and cheering you on.
Informal Facebook Q and A's, where we dig into the nitty gritty, be it struggles with focus, physical discomfort, revelations, and all the other amazing / strange / wonderful things that will happen on this journey.
Daily meditation reminders and check-ins from me - accountability is key!
Curated readings for each week
Contact me below and I'll answer any questions you have.
In case you needed more convincing:
One writer I shared the practice with at the Pneuma fall retreat recently sent me this in an email:
I wanted to let you know that the meditation teaching you did in PA has totally rocked my world. I've been sitting daily since I got home, and have seen a noticeable difference in my ability to focus on writing & deal with stress. The work you do is so important, and so beneficial...So thank you times a billion.
You can read about her experience with meditation and writing here.
Heather Demetrios is a certified meditation teacher and the critically acclaimed author of six young adult novels. When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Heather has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Captive, Blood Passage, and Freedom’s Slave. She is also the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love and the author of Code Name Badass, an upcoming feminist pop biography of WWII lady spy, Virginia Hall. Her honors include books that have been named Bank Street Best Children’s Books, a YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults selection, a Goodreads Choice Nominee, a Kirkus Best Book, and a Barnes and Noble Best Book. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com.