Writing From the Body, a creative writing workshop


What is Writing From the Body?

Writing From the Body relies on our physical self to generate writing, heightened awareness, and contemplative movement that arises from metaphor, sound, subtle energy, improvisation, and mindfulness. Participants open to creative expression, spiritual connection, and healing using somatic techniques.

The process bypasses limiting cognitive approaches that lock us into old patterns and instead taps into primordial energy, a free flow of creativity, and renewal. Participants access embodied presence and a deep, resonant expression that aligns with their unique self and well-being. They practice deep listening to tap into synergy and creating work from an alpha state. The result may be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journaling, performance, healing, insight, and spiritual connection.

Writing, movement, and meditation are all practices of being and becoming. All benefit from a gentle focus, acceptance, and intentionality. Where attention goes, the body follows. When the body softens, the mind comes alive. This aliveness leads to a strengthened connection to the core of being and to a universal consciousness.

What are the benefits?

  • Be inspired
  • Write with ease
  • Tap into creative expression
  • Connect to body wisdom
  • Develop mindfulness
  • Tune into subtle energy
  • Connect to earth rhythms
  • Activate a path of healing
  • Relieve stress
woman writing in journal, Writing from the Body

Who should attend a Writing From the Body workshop?

Attend if you’re blocked in an area of your life, want to develop your creativity, and yearn to connect with your authentic self. Attend to jumpstart your writing, to create and renew, to increase somatic awareness, to heal. Attend out of curiosity or to surprise yourself.

All skill levels are welcome.

What is included in a workshop?

Workshops are individually tailored to the needs of various size groups.

What is your background?

I’m a published poet, author, dancer, and university professor. I’ve given workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

What are participants saying?

“Hidden deep in our muscle and bones and in every living cell of our physical selves rest unexplored imagery, metaphor, and language. Cheryl sagely guides writers to these far-away-inside-us places. She helps us gently awaken and befriend the sleeping dragon of our physical imagination.” Gigi Amateau

Author, Come August, Come Freedom

“Writing From the Body is creativity at its best. Cheryl offers a process-oriented format that invites opening, flow, and deepening to ourselves and others. She has a delightful, whimsical, and lighthearted way of teaching that is nourishing.” Lisa Brown

Physical therapist

“I seek ways to release the creative impulse behind the moves that my body makes. Writing From the Body gave my over-active mind the permission to truly go with the flow. Now, when I need inspiration to write, I can move first and when I want to move, I can initiate that with writing. As Cheryl says, ‘Words have vibration.’” Margaret Leighty

Yoga instructor

How much does the Writing From the Body workshop cost?

That depends on whether it’s a residential workshop, multi-day, or afternoon. I try to keep costs low so that anyone who wants to can attend. 

Interested in attending a workshop?

Contact me below to learn more about my next Writing From the Body workshop.


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