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Jul
24
Mon
College Essay Intensive with Julie Goldberg @ CILK119
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 4:15 pm

Stressed about college applications?
Get the hardest part DONE in just one week this summer!
In the College Essay Intensive, students will:

  • Find out what colleges want to know about you in your essay—and what they don’t!
  • Generate ideas for sophisticated and revealing personal essays
  • Work to complete an advanced draft of a Common Application essay
  • Tackle “Why do you want to attend this college?” questions
  • Learn strategies for answering scholarship essay prompts.
  • Polish their writing with exercises in concision, clarity, diction, narrative structure, and style.

Students will write in a relaxed, personalized workshop environment with Julie Goldberg, a New Jersey certified English teacher and librarian. Ms. Goldberg holds master’s degrees in Education, English and American literature and language, and in library and information science. She is also an author of fiction and essays, and has taught writing for twenty-five years.

The College Essay Intensive is a one-week, half-day course. The cost is $375 for the week. Classes will run with a minimum of five students.

For more information, the registration link, and testimonials, go to: www.CollegeEssayIntensive.com.
Questions? Email CollegeEssayIntensive@gmail.com

Sep
9
Sat
Healing What Grieves You: 2-day Workshop with Julie Lange Groth @ CILK119
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm

Do you sometimes feel blocked, inexplicably weary, unable to make decisions or move forward in your life? You may be weighed down by unresolved grief. This unresolved grief, which almost everyone carries, can keep us stuck and unable to live our best life.

This workshop will help you identify where you may be carrying grief and work with it on a spiritual level to bring peace and healing in all areas of your life. Julie will offer her training in Native American and Shamanic healing to participants through ceremony with burning sage, cairns, and the four directions. Working within a circle of safety and openness, we will use guided meditation to the beat of a drum, time spent in nature, creative expression, and sharing to acknowledge and release what grieves us with intention and awareness.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring the following from home:

  • eyeshade or bandana
  • something on which to lie down or sit comfortably (i.e. blanket, pillow or beach chair)
  • notebook or journal
  • drums or rattles if you have them

Workshop will take place from 9:30am to 7:30pm on Saturday and 9:30am to 3pm on Sunday.

Julie Lange Groth is the author of two books: Healing What Grieves You: 4 Steps to a Peaceful Heart and Life Between Falls: A Travelogue Through Grief and the Unexpected. Both books spring from Julie’s own healing journey after the accidental death of her 16-year-old son in 1993 into a life of unexpected joy and richness. While her son’s death and several other profound losses within a two-year period stripped away all of the trappings of her previous life, her grieving process gradually evolved into a new life as a writer, shamanic practitioner and spiritual healer. Along the way she developed a set of simple, tried-and-true practices, meditations and ceremonies to help people who are grieving a deep loss. Visit her at ravensdrum.com.

Cost $215




Oct
14
Sat
Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs @ CILK119
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

 

Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

Workshop fee: $300 Early Bird Rate before September 1st. $345 after. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.
Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.LorraineAsh.com.

RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.


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Diving woman image: © Sergey Khakimullin /Dreamstime

Nov
18
Sat
Claiming Your Voice: A Deep Dive into Women’s Memoirs @ CILK119
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

 

Women writers may burn with a desire to tell their stories but sometimes lose confidence in the worthiness of what they have to say. During this two-day workshop, you will cross the line from self-consciousness to self-knowledge and embrace the importance of bearing witness to your own life. You’ll learn how other women memoirists have written about the taboo, the tumultuous, and the triumphant. Topics may include overcoming anorexia, coming out as a lesbian, surviving arranged marriage, facing life as a woman alone (in a variety of ways), and navigating the one role we all share—daughter.

You will learn to:

  • Gain confidence in your own voice
  • Honor female experiences
  • Tell stories that educate
  • Use language techniques that strengthen your writing
  • Connect your individual struggle to a collective one
Rita Gigante, author of The Godfather’s Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, and a Rockland county local, will be the guest speaker at the workshop on Saturday. She will also present her one-woman show, A Sit Down with Spirit, on Saturday night at CILK119. Check out Rita’s book here.

Lunch on your own at one of the many wonderful eateries in the Nanuet neighborhood. Nyack, which also has terrific restaurants and a local arts scene, is 10 minutes away.

Live too far to commute?
These hotels are all within five minutes of CILK 119:

Questions? Contact Lorraine.

Workshop fee: $300 Early Bird Rate before September 1st. $345 after. Bring a friend and each of you gets 10% off.
Fee includes workshop, mini-reflexology sessions with the wonderful Elle Levenson, and A Sit Down with Spirit, a live Saturday night show presented by guest speaker Rita Gigante in the workshop space.

LORRAINE ASH, MA, author of Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, is a New Jersey book editor and writing teacher whose passion for the art of a well-told story has led her into the realms of memoir, essays, plays, and journalism. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. She is editorial director of Cape House Books, a boutique collaborative publishing company. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.LorraineAsh.com.

 

RITA GIGANTE has dedicated her life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. Rita also has a private practice outside New York City, where she serves clients using massage therapy, energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and intuitive readings.

ELLE LEVENSON is a reflexologist and herbalist in private practice in New Jersey. She leads women’s circles that draw on the wisdom teachings of Native Americans and our grandmothers from distant shores and cultures. Elle is an elder in the Tree of Life Sanctuary, a.k.a. Turtle Acres, in Pennsylvania.


Payment options:




Diving woman image: © Sergey Khakimullin /Dreamstime