Write Where You Are: Contemplative Writing Practice (Online)

with Debra Dysart

September 11th

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  • $15 Program Price
  • $25 Patron Price
  • Pay-what-you-can

What is writing practice? Can writing be a practice much like meditation?

This Contemplative Creativity Lab will give you a taste of what writing as practice is all about. We will use meditation as a portal to the present moment, to help us get below discursive thought to the place where mind is original and fresh. We will engage in periods of timed writing sessions together. Playful and exploratory writing topics will be provided. There will be time allotted for compassionate listening as we share our writing in a supportive environment (without comment or feedback and always optional).

All are welcome! No previous experience in writing or meditation is required. Bring your curiosity along with a notebook or notepad and a couple of fast moving pens.

“Writing practice embraces your whole life and doesn’t demand any logical form: no Chapter 19 following the action in Chapter 18. It’s a place that you can come to wild and unbridled, mixing the dream of your grandmother’s soup with the astounding clouds outside your window. It is undirected and has to do with all of you right in your present moment.”

~ From Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg.

DEBRA DYSART has been a student and practitioner on the Shambhala Buddhist path ever since she found Pema Chödrön’s Wisdom of No Escape in a bookstore in 1997. She is a meditation teacher, a Shambhala Art teacher, and has served as Director of Education and Center Co-Director of Los Angeles Shambhala. Debra has studied with Natalie Goldberg and leads occasional contemplative writing practice classes and drop-in sessions at LA Shambhala. She has also been a singer with the Verdi Chorus for 20 years and hopes singing together in groups will be allowed again soon. Debra serves as Secretary on the Verdi Chorus board of directors.

Contemplative Creativity Lab is an online meditation community group led by Shambhala Art teachers and special guests. Join us from anywhere in the world, live via Zoom  –  second Saturday of the month 10 AM – 12 PM Pacific Time. For conversion to your time zone, please click HERE. Everyone is warmly welcome, no exceptions. The aim with our labs is to engage the senses, bringing the fullness of our awareness to any task. There is no need for any experience with art or meditation to take part. We've found that contemplative practices work well via Zoom since the focus is not on the screen, but more on what is arising within your own experience. See Contemplative Creativity Lab


The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call us at 323-963-3001 to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price (when available) helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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Since 1971 Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles has offered a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend.   More →