Inner & Outer Exploration in the Kathmandu Valley with Laurie Wagner & James Hopkins
October 27th - November 6th, 2019
"Every journey is a mosaic of moments. Our lives are filled with these moments – slices of time when a story comes alive -- and they can be captured effortlessly. All we need to do is take a moment to relax, breathe, recognize what’s in front of us & let it truly touch us. That’s how we move through the world with creative intention – that’s how we transform our own lives into works of art."
Friends, I invite you to join me in exploring the chaotic, crackling beauty of Nepal this coming October & November. During our 10-day journey through the sacred mandala of the Kathmandu Valley we will collect and write what I call "Story Slices" - intimate 200-600 word sketches which, combined with a single photographic image, will encapsulate the beauty and energy of this Himalayan realm.
Nepal is a country of vivid colors and unforgettable faces; a place where the sacred and profane blend in an ever-changing mosaic. Each day, our journey will begin with a meditation practice that will set the stage for how we will see, hear, taste & touch the day ahead. We'll explore the temples and alleyways of the Kathmandu Valley; meet with artists and spiritual leaders; shop for beads and buddhas in the amazing bazaars of the old city. We'll have moments both wild and mindful, and we'll immerse ourselves in a culture that is enchanting, challenging, and endlessly inspiring.
During our 10 days we will:
* Hone our writing skills
* Capture the moment
* Become a maker of small stories
* Be creative everyday
* Share our work with our creative community
* Document 10 days of our lives in a meaningful way
A Process and a Value
Making art and walking the world with more creative intention will change your life, because it gives your spirit something deeply interesting to pursue. The ordinary scene or story – the very things we pass by everyday – will become extraordinary – and that changes everything. &