This week I will be traveling with my husband from our home on Salt Spring Island to South East Asia, for our first visit to this intriguing place.
After a few days in Bangkok, acclimatizing to our new environment, we will fly to the UNESCO heritage city of Hoi An in South Central Vietnam. With all the wonderful reviews I’d received from friends who’ve visited this preserved colonial town on the banks of the Thu Bon River, I started doing some research. On a beautifully organized website called Coast Vietnam, I discovered the first yoga studio in Hoi An.
Set amongst rice fields and markets filled with spices, fresh fruit and street food vendors, Nomad Yoga & Cafe offers daily yoga and meditation sessions, a yoga teacher training school, fresh pressed juices and vegetarian delights. Noticing the studio regularly hosts visiting teachers, I emailed to ask if I could offer a writing workshop while there.
Having just finished the first phase of a new project I am delivering in my community on Salt Spring called Home Words-Writing in Community, through which I am training a group of multigenerational writer/facilitators in Writing Alone Together, a practice that cultivates compassionate community through writing and sharing our creative expression aloud, it felt natural to want to offer this transformative practice in Hoi An at a yoga studio devoted to community values and nomadic connection.
This winter, through the Home Words project, a diverse array of Salt Springers will be participating in safe, supportive writing groups, exploring diverse experiences of home through writing and personal story telling. Getting to know Natalie Prete as we’ve been corresponding about the workshop, I feel as if I am traveling to a place where I already am at home, although I’ve never been there.
Turning To Words: Becoming a Compassionate Witness for Ourselves & Others
is a 3 hour workshop in Writing Alone Together for travellers and locals on Monday December 9, from 1-4pm. The workshop aims to support all of us travellers to consider how we absorb the stories of the people we meet, the places we visit, the trauma and tenderness we witness as we travel. Through Writing Alone Together, participants will explore the heart of these encounters, to uncover the understanding, acceptance, love that can come from developing a kind, loving attention to the relationship with ourselves and others.
A Vegan Lunch & Kumbucha drink will be served at 12pm. Cost of the workshop and lunch is 400,000 VNDPlease bring a journal and your curious presence!
If you or someone you know is in the neighbourhood, I welcome you to join me for an afternoon of creative and compassionate connection.