Rensselaerville, NY - Writers learn shamanic dream techniques that make writer's block a thing of the past at a retreat with creativity coach and award-winning author, Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, March 26-28.
(1888PressRelease) February 08, 2010 - Sue Grafton, Ann Rice, Stephen King, and Isabel Allende have all used dreams to inform their lives and inspire their best-selling stories. Writers are invited to learn how to do that and more at Decipher your Dream-Discover your Story Writers' Retreat. Held March 26-28, at The Rensselaerville Institute Conference Center, near Albany, New York, the retreat is led by Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, a creativity and book coach and author of the award-winning, Weaving a Woman's Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom.
"Dreams are a tool writers have used for centuries," says Scardamalia who used dream techniques when writing her own book, and now uses dreams and symbol systems when coaching her clients in both fiction and nonfiction. "Unfortunately, too many writers don't know how to really mine their dreams for all the creative wealth and power within them."
At the retreat, attendees will learn basic techniques for remembering, recording and working with dreams. Specialized dream techniques for working with Muses and other creative helpers, and writing from a dreamlike state for creative flow will also be taught. Lecture and discussion will alternate with shamanic dream work, dream sharing, and time for reflection, journaling and writing amidst the rural serenity of the Catskills.
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia has taught writers how to use their dreams since the late 90's, leading workshops for the International Women's Writing Guild and for smaller groups around the country. Her CD, The Tower in the Woods: Dreaming Your Creativity Awake is a product of her years of teaching. Her business, Divining the Muse, empowers screen writers, playwrights, novelists and nonfiction writers to move from inspired idea to polished manuscript and beyond. She loves inspiring and supporting creative women with one-on-one coaching, private retreats at her home and custom creativity essential oil products. She also publishes a free weekly e-newsletter, Divine Muse-ings. Visit her website for more information.