June 06 - June 08

Finding the Stories of Our Lives
Deena Metzger

Sharing our stories in the circle of seekers, each of us discovers the deeper story underlying our own.

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When Deena developed breast cancer in 1977, she asked: What is the Story this illness is telling? What is the healing and life path it calls forth? She soon discovered that illness is not the only Story we live. The events and circumstances of our lives, often seemingly happenstance, can become the grid for healing and discovering our life’s calling. Her understanding that every one of us is living a Story, that our lives matter, and her pursuit of meaning and commitment led to thousands of gatherings—each seeker questing through the events for the meaning and offering of his or her life. Join Deena to explore your own Story. Revisioning and rewriting can turn meaningless and anguish into possibility as seemingly random events become steps on a path to insight and direction for yourself and these times. Guided by teachings, writing exercises, dream work, dialogue, storytelling, meditation, time in nature, and Deena's careful attention, you'll discover the essential coherence in your life--a state that might even be called beauty.

Deena Metzger is a teacher, novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. She is also a healer, activist, and visionary on behalf of the future of all beings on our planet. Her classic text Writing for Your Life is still in wide use after 20 years. She is the author of La Negra y La Blanca (which won the 2012 Oakland PEN Award); Tree (on healing from breast cancer); The Woman Who Slept With Men to Take the War Out of Them; Feral; and Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems. Her book Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing speaks of her journey to becoming a healer.

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