A few years ago my husband and I travelled 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 flew 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 was delivering in my community called Home Words-Writing in Community, through which I trained a group of multigenerational writer/facilitators in Writing Alone Together, it felt natural to want to offer this transformative practice in Hoi An at a yoga studio devoted to community values and nomadic connection.

Turning To Words: Becoming a Compassionate Witness for Ourselves & Others

was a 3 hour workshop in Writing Alone Together for travellers and locals. The workshop aimed 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 explored the heart of these encounters, to uncover the understanding, acceptance and love that comes from developing kind, loving attention to the relationship with ourselves and others.