LATEST NEWS: A new “Kung Fu for Writers” course will begin next month on Nov. 10. Six Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Victoria College of Art (1625 Bank Street, Victoria BC). Cost: $195. All other details about the course are the same as the course advertised below. Only the dates have changed.
For those of you who live in or near Victoria, British Columbia, I will be offering my six-week creative writing course called “Body Talk: Kung Fu for Writers” next month starting on September 22. The course will run on six consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm at Victoria College of Art. Cost: $195.
This course is one of the inaugural offerings at the newly launched Vancouver Island School of Writing, which is housed at Victoria College of Art.
I hope you will join me in this exciting journey into mind-body connection! During each class we will combine martial arts movements (from Liuhebafa) with Qigong and spontaneous writing exercises to awaken your body, unleash your mind and stimulate the flow of words. Read what past students have to say here.
Each week, we will explore one of the body’s five principal organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, spleen) using Five Element Qigong along with a corresponding movement from Liuhebafa – an ancient martial art that purports to hold the key to immortality. In the sixth and final week we will focus on the San Jiao, or Triple Burner, to balance all the energies we have set in motion.
Creative writing exercises will be linked to specific qualities of each week’s organ for the ultimate mind-body experience. Writing will be shared but not critiqued. The goal is to develop a Spontaneous Writing practice (“first thought, best thought,” in the tradition of the Beat poets) that is alive to the moment unfolding around us and within us.
Discover what happens to your creative powers when Angry Horse Turns Head Around or Green Dragon Stretches Claws. It’s all one grand experiment! There is no telling what will arise. The only thing you can know for certain is that your life and creative practice will be changed in some way by this experience.
This course is well suited to people currently writing poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, or for writers who are stuck and need a creative kick-start, or for people just beginning to explore their creative abilities with writing. No prior background in martial arts is necessary.
More details on the transformative (alchemical) powers of Liuhebafa and Five Element Qigong can be found in my book Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa.
To register for the course, contact Victoria College of Art.
May you be five clouds holding sun,