Mindful Writing Series

EVENT POSTPONED: Meditation and Mindful Writing at Socrates Sculpture Park

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately, due to events beyond our control, the Mindful Writing workshop for tomorrow is being postponed until a later date. We’re so sorry to do this last minute, but we promise we are working on a new date and will send information as soon as possible.

Thanks for understanding. We hope to see you all again soon and will let you know when this has been rescheduled.

Cheers,
Mission to (dit)Mars
Kari Bentley-Quinn, Don Nguyen, Meredith Packer and Laura Pestronk

Meditation and Writing Workshop at Socrates Sculpture Park

Sunday July 23, 3-6pm
Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, Astoria, New York 11106

Meet at the main entrance (with the mural/banner above it, not the orange gates) and look for signs that say “Meditation and Writing.”

Co-organized by Mindful Astoria and Mission to (dit)Mars

$5-$10 suggested donation

Socrates Sculpture Park is an open-air sculpture museum on the Queens waterfront. With rotating exhibitions of evocative sculptures and a generous offering of cultural and wellness programs open to the public, Socrates is a space designed to support and inspire artists of all genres. In short: this is the perfect place to spend a day noticing, being, and creating.

The workshop will begin with a brief meditation to open up the senses, and will continue with a silent walking meditation around the park, followed by writing prompts and discussion to get the ideas flowing. Participants will then have time to explore the park and sculptures independently and create writing about or inspired by the landscape and/or specific works of art. The workshop will conclude with a sharing circle where writers can share their work from the day aloud.

Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. (Visual artists and musicians are also welcome!)

Emily Herzlin is a writer and teacher with a particular love for memoir and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia in 2012. She began practicing meditation in 2003. In college she found her way to the Interdependence Project, where she now teaches meditation courses and retreats. Emily is a Certified MBSR Teacher. She trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching meditation since 2011 to groups and individuals. She is the founder and lead teacher of Mindful Astoria, a meditation community in her neighborhood, and she works as a Mind-Body Therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She also completed a yearlong meditation teacher training program at the Interdependence Project.

Making notes

Sit, Breathe, Write: Mindfulness and Writing Workshop

Taught by Emily Herzlin, organized by Mission to (dit)Mars

In this 2 hour workshop, we will learn basic mindfulness meditation practices to calm the mind, open up the senses, and meet our creative blocks with kindness. There will be periods of guided meditation and writing prompts, as well as time at the end of the workshop to share writing.

Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. Composers, dancers, performers, and visual artists are also welcome to attend. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation necessary.

Sunday August 14th

4:30pm-6:30pm

$5 class fee, cash at the door. Please bring something to write with and on. Visual artists, feel free to bring your own supplies.

Broom Tree Theatre (at Astoria First Presbyterian Church)*

23-35 Broadway

Astoria, NY 11106

*note that the church building looks like an apartment building! There is a white awning out front with the sign for the church

Reservations recommended

About the teacher:

Emily Herzlin is a writer and teacher with a particular love for memoir, playwriting, and poetry. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia in 2012. She began practicing meditation in 2003. In college she found her way to the Interdependence Project, where she now teaches meditation courses and retreats. Emily trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has been teaching meditation since 2011 to groups and individuals. She is the founder and lead teacher of Mindful Astoria, a meditation community in Astoria, Queens. She is thrilled to have another opportunity to practice and create with Mission to (dit)Mars.

Co-founder Laura Pestronk peeking through one of the sculptures

Poetry in Stone
A Day of Writing at the Noguchi Museum

with Emily Herzlin and Mission to (dit)Mars
Sunday August 23rd
1-4:30pm

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd, New York, NY 11106

Thank you to everyone who attended!  If you missed it, here’s a great blog post by co-founder Laura Pestronk about her day at the Noguchi Mindful Writing workshop.

And here are some photos from our day:

Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. Composers, dancers, performers, and visual artists are also welcome to attend.

The Noguchi Museum is one of our borough’s magical spaces. The space, designed by the late Japanese-American sculpture artist Isamu Noguchi, includes an open-air sculpture garden and several galleries, each with its own feel and family of Noguchi sculptures. The works of art and the spaces in the museum are mysterious, evocative, and playful. In short: this is an awesome place to spend a day creating.

The workshop will begin with a brief contemplative exercise to open up the senses, and will continue with a silent walking meditation around the galleries of the museum, followed by writing prompts and discussion to get the ideas flowing. Participants will then have time to explore the museum independently and create writing about or inspired by specific works of art. The workshop will conclude with a sharing circle where writers can share their work from the day aloud.

Please arrive at 12:50pm and meet us at the entrance. We will enter the museum as a group at 1pm. Bring something to write with and on. $20 total- $10 museum admission and $10 for the class.

Poetry in Stone
A Day of Writing at the Noguchi Museum

with Emily Herzlin and Mission to (dit)Mars
Sunday August 17th
1-4:30pm

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd, New York, NY 11106

Make a Reservation Now

 

Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome. Composers, dancers, performers, and visual artists are also welcome to attend.

The Noguchi Museum is one of our borough’s magical spaces. The space, designed by the late Japanese-American sculpture artist Isamu Noguchi, includes an open-air sculpture garden and several galleries, each with its own feel and family of Noguchi sculptures. The works of art and the spaces in the museum are mysterious, evocative, and playful. In short: this is an awesome place to spend a day creating.

The workshop will begin with a brief contemplative exercise to open up the senses, and will continue with a silent walking meditation around the galleries of the museum, followed by writing prompts and discussion to get the ideas flowing. Participants will then have time to explore the museum independently and create writing about or inspired by specific works of art. The workshop will conclude with a sharing circle where writers can share their work from the day aloud.

Please arrive at 12:50pm and meet us at the entrance. We will enter the museum as a group at 1pm. Bring something to write with and on. $20 total- $10 museum admission and $10 for the class.

Let us know if you’re planning to attend! We’d love to see you!

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ganty-state-park

Join Mission to (dit)Mars this summer for a 3-part, interactive mindfulness and writing workshop designed specially for Queens-based writers and artists to gain inspiration from our own neighborhood.

Mindfulness and Creative Writing teacher Emily Herzlin will lead the class in walking meditation, mindfulness on the subway, mindful eating, and writing prompts to enrich our creative experience as well as our experience of Queens.

We’ll start off with our first workshop in Gantry Plaza State Park, travel in our second workshop along the NQ train line and write (yes, on the subway!) and end our writing mission in—where else?—Ditmars, for mindful eating and food writing at Martha’s Country Bakery.

$5-$10 suggested donation for each class. Attend just one, two, or all three. Stay tuned for more specific descriptions of each class, and instructions regarding where to meet up.

No experience with mindfulness necessary. Writers of all genres welcome.

Dates:

PART I—GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK

Sunday, June 16th, 12-2pm (rain location TBA)

7 train to Vernon-Jackson, walk to the East River.

In Part I of our summer writing workshop series we’ll explore the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park. On the agenda: sense perception awareness exercises, walking meditation, writing prompts, sharing writing aloud (optional,) and more.

Writers of all genres welcome. No experience with meditation necessary.

Meet promptly at noon at the Gantries between 49th/50th Ave. and Center Blvd. From there we will depart as a group to another location. (Try to arrive at the meeting place a little early, around 11:45am.)  Here are some points of interest at Gantry State Park.

Bring paper and something to write with.

In case of rain, we will meet at a location tba, and an email will be sent to those who RSVP in advance. You can check our Facebook page for updates, too.

NOTE: it is not necessary to RSVP, but helpful for us to get a head count.

PART II—NQ TRAIN

Sunday, August 11th, 2-4pm

In Part II of our summer writing workshop series we’ll investigate our joyful, wretched, bored, exhausted, amusing, richly complicated relationship to the NYC subway. On the agenda: basic introduction to mindfulness, journal prompts, awareness exercises and subway writing prompts, personal writing time, and sharing writing aloud.

Meet promptly at 2pm at Packard Square Café, 41-43 Crescent St, near Queensboro Plaza. We will meet there briefly for introductions and instructions. (They have a small outdoor seating area out back, where we will be if weather permits. Otherwise we will meet inside.) From there we will board the train at Queensboro Plaza. More instructions will be given on the day of the workshop.

Bring paper and something to write with.

NQ Train to Queensboro Plaza.

Note: It is not necessary to RSVP, but helpful for us to get a head count.

PART III—MARTHA’S COUNTY BAKERY (Ditmars): Sunday, August 25th, 3-5pm

In the grand finale of our summer writing workshop series we’ll indulge–mindfully–and practice mindful eating and write about food at the Astoria favorite, Martha’s Country Bakery. On the agenda: basic introduction to mindfulness, food-based writing prompts, sense perception exercises, discussion and sharing writing aloud, and, of course, dessert.

Meet promptly at  3pm at Martha’s Country Bakery. We’ll most likely be inside at a table, but if it’s crowded we will get a table outside. If it’s REALLY crowded we will gather at Martha’s, get our pastries, and walk to Astoria Park for the workshop.

Bring paper and something to write with, and enough cash for a pastry or two plus tip.

N/Q Train to Ditmars

Martha’s Country Bakery
3621 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
$5-$10 suggested donation

Note: It is not necessary to RSVP, but VERY helpful for us to get a head count to secure enough seating.
Any questions, feel free to email Mindfulwriters@gmail.com.

Please RSVP below:

EMILY HERZLIN

At the tender age of twelve, Emily decided she would grow up to be the female Frank Rich and get paid to write about theater for a living. But then, in a summer writing workshop at Young Playwrights Inc. just before she made the arduous journey from Long Island to NYU, she discovered what it means to write a play. After studying different flavors of writing at Columbia and Naropa Universities, these days Emily mostly writes creative nonfiction and poetry (publications include USA Today, The Millions, The Women’s International Perspective, and more.) She has folded mindfulness meditation into her creative life to tackle the writing roadblocks that inevitably pop up, and to broaden her awareness in order to excavate more material to write about. Emily is training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical School this summer, and has taught meditation and creative writing for the past two years at Columbia University, The Interdependence Project, The New School, and GreenspaceNYC. Check out her writing and other upcoming classes at EmilyHerzlin.com or follow her on Twitter: @emilyherzlin.

(Emily’s love affair with Astoria has been the kind of thing where you’re tentative at first, but then you let go and fall hard, and then you discover all the things that annoy you about each other, but you deeply love each other anyway and can’t stop eating at bakeries.)