• Monday, April  24th - Monday, June 5th, 2017 This is a wonderful opportunity to see everyday life as the sacred ground in which to live by the promptings of your heart. The heart can give birth to a knowing, a nonreligious faith that allows us to live with uncertainty, change, and ultimately, death – not because we believe that a better place awaits us, but because we intuitively sense that there is an intelligence, an inherent rightness, in the way life presents itself moment by moment. We have faith that life has its own logos beyond all physical appearances—that life is deeper than our minds can ever know, and that we can trust it to take us where we need to go. Each week you will explore your relationship to one of these themes through writing exercises: Who Am I? The Stories We Tell Ourselves Your Heart’s Desire and Calling Sweet Honey from Failures When My Life Changed Forever Fear and Loneliness Who Should Attend This Workshop: Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others. Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey. How the Class Works: The course will be taught through Google Groups. Every Monday morning you will receive an email with the week’s assignment, and you will send your written response to our Google Groups Room, where every other participant will be able to see it and comment on it if they wish. I will comment on everyone’s work each week. You will benefit not only from your work, but through the work of all students, as you will see all of the assignments and my feedback to everyone (if you would rather submit your assignments to me privately, that is ok too). I also encourage you to communicate with each other during the class, providing input and support as you see fit. I will hold one teleconference during the session which will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and for us to talk together about the work we are doing. This usually lasts for up to an hour.

    NOTE: For the private online Google group and forum, we will use the email address connected to your PayPal account. If you would like to use a different email address, after you have signed up for the course, please email my assistant, Robert, with the name of the course you have signed up for and the email address you would like to use. Robert may be reached at robert.bocarlson@gmail.com

    Cost: $307 (Early Bird!) until April 10th, 2017, then $357 after April 10th, 2017

    To Register: Add this course to your cart (button below) and make your payment through PayPal or select check payment.

    (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)  
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00 am to 4:30pm in Larkspur, CA This is a wonderful opportunity to see everyday life as the sacred ground that reminds you to keep faith with who and what you are. Every moment whispers the questions, “Who are you?” and “What do you stand for?” As we ground ourselves more deeply in our inherent presence, we can live more lightly with uncertainty, change, and the dark times that all of us pass through. You will explore your relationship to some of these themes: The Presence That You Are Living with Mystery Embracing the Dark Bowing to the Changes Keep Faith with Beauty Keep Faith with the Human Spirit With A Life Examined:Writing as Spiritual Practice, You Will Learn To: See your everyday life as the ground for applying spiritual practices and attitudes You will be encouraged to welcome your life as you find it You will be encouraged to see obstacles as opportunities You will see with new eyes the blessings and gifts of your life Lunch: There will be a 90 minute lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or enjoy the local restaurants during this time. To register: Pay by PayPal through this site's shopping cart. Or, save $5 by paying by check! Send your $125 check to Roger Housden at 26 Skylark Drive, #8, Larkspur, CA 94939. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • Monday, April  24st - Monday, June 5th, 2017 It’s useful to have plans, intentions, and dreams. But deeper than all of your plans, intentions and dreams - beyond all your hopes and fears - the life you have has its own momentum, intelligence, and timing. Rather than assuming that we create our life, this class assumes that our life unfolds and creates us. Our task is to listen and look for the signs of that unfolding, and to follow it wherever it takes us. Our joy is in trusting the inherent rightness of our life as we know it now. Trust can be one of the most difficult qualities to sustain in the face of life’s challenges. It requires waking up to the deeper current of your life’s intelligence, beyond all disappointments, betrayals, and events that come and go. That intelligence reveals itself now, in whatever appears in this moment and the opportunity it gives us to allow life to have its way. Using writing prompts and the wisdom of the group, this course will help you to deepen your trust in your own life and in life in its larger picture. Who Should Attend This Workshop: Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others. Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey. How the Class Works: The course will be taught through an online forum on Roger's website. Every Monday morning you will receive an email with the week’s assignment, and you will post your written response on the online forum, where every other participant will be able to see it and comment on it if they wish. Roger will comment on everyone’s work each week. You will benefit not only from your work, but through the work of all students, as you will see all of the assignments and Roger's feedback to everyone (if you would rather submit your assignments to Roger privately, that is ok too). Roger also encourages you to communicate with each other during the class, providing input and support as you see fit. Roger will hold one teleconference during the session: an opportunity for you to ask questions and for us to talk together about the work we are doing. These usually last for up to an hour.

    NOTE: For the private online Google group and forum, we will use the email address connected to your PayPal account. If you would like to use a different email address, after you have signed up for the course, please email my assistant, Robert, with the name of the course you have signed up for and the email address you would like to use. Robert may be reached at robert.bocarlson@gmail.com

    Cost: $307 (Early Bird!) until April 10th, 2017, then $357 after April 10th, 2017

    To Register: Add this course to your cart (button below) and make your payment through PayPal or select check payment.

    (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:00 am to 4:00pm Location: 120 Goodhill Road Kentfield Ca 94904 **This course will include a copy of Roger's new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have** It’s useful to have plans, intentions, and dreams. But deeper than all of your plans, intentions and dreams - beyond all your hopes and fears - the life you have has its own momentum, intelligence, and timing. Rather than assuming that we create our life, this class assumes that our life unfolds and creates us. Our task is to listen and look for the signs of that unfolding, and to follow it wherever it takes us. Our joy is in trusting the inherent rightness of our life as we know it now. Trust can be one of the most difficult qualities to sustain in the face of life’s challenges. It requires waking up to the deeper current of your life’s intelligence, beyond all disappointments, betrayals, and events that come and go. That intelligence reveals itself now, in whatever appears in this moment and the opportunity it gives us to allow life to have its way. Using writing prompts and the wisdom of the group, this course will help you to deepen your trust in your own life and in life in its larger picture. Who Should Attend This Workshop: Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others. Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey. Lunch: There will be a 90 minute lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or enjoy the local restaurants during this time. To register: Pay by PayPal through this site's shopping cart. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • 2016_10_8_dropping_struggle-jpeg To learn more and to register click HERE
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00pm Location: 300. Seeman Drive, Encinitas 92024 Sorry -- CLASS is FULL Deeper than all of our plans, intentions and dreams – beyond all our hopes and fears – the life we have has its own momentum, intelligence, and timing.
    Rather than assuming that we create our life, this class assumes our life unfolds and creates us. Our task is to listen and look for the signs and to follow them. Our joy is in trusting the inherent rightness of our life as we know it now. Trust is one of the most difficult qualities to sustain in the face of life’s challenges. It requires waking up to the deeper current of our life, beyond betrayals, disappointments, and events that come and go. That intelligence appears in this moment and gives us the opportunity to allow life to have its way. Using writing prompts and the wisdom of the group, this course will help deepen your trust in your own life and in life in its larger picture.
    Who Should Attend This Workshop: Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others. Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey. Lunch: There will be a 90 minute lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or enjoy the local restaurants during this time. To register: Pay by PayPal through this site's shopping cart. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
    Questions: Jeff Salz 760 452 2008
  • Exploring Your Loves, Losses, and Longings

    Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Location: Sacramento-area/Carmichael Address: 5201 Whisper Oaks Lane, Carmichael, CA 95608 Cost: $140 via paypal or $135 by check, payable to Roger Housden This is a unique opportunity to explore your deep desire nature: to investigate in writing your passions, your loves, your losses, and your deepest longings. What do you long for? What really moves you? How have your losses touched and affected the way you move in the world? In which ways do your personal relationships serve as mirrors for your connection with the dimension of spacious awareness in which we are an intrinsic part of a universe of love? In Engaging the Heart you will learn to:
    • Identify your deepest desires
    • Identify the ways you hide from what you most deeply desire
    • Experience the hidden gift in longing
    • Value the inevitability of loss
    • Celebrate your desire as the energy that joins you to all of life
    • Open to the gift of love
    Who Will Benefit from this Class: Both writers and non-writers who wish to explore the deeper layers of their life journey. Lunch: Brown bag lunch (limited nearby food options) Fee: $140 via paypal or $135 by check, payable to Roger Housden To register: Pay by PayPal through this site's shopping cart. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • Saturday April 29th 10:00am to 4:00pm Laguna Beach, CA 

    Seeing the red plum

    In the blue bowl

    It is impossible to die.

    Writing is a way to become deeply intimate with yourself and the world. Every life is a work of fiction, and in this workshop we shall use writing as a tool and poetry as an inspiration to wake up from the stories we tell ourselves into the truth of our present experience. Alternating writing sessions with group dialogue and meditation periods, we will return to our senses and listen, see and touch in concrete ways that bring us more present to ourselves, more permeable to each other and more intimate with the life that lives in everything.  

    What You Will Learn

    To use beginner’s mind as the starting point for all writing

    To recognize the mythic, non-personal dimension of your own stories

    To let the world speak to you through your senses

    To open to what is already here

    To speak and listen from the silence

    Who Should Attend This Workshop:

    Non-writers: people interested in using writing to deepen their relationship to self and others.

    Writers: occasional writers who want to go deeper into their experience, and practiced writers wanting to use their craft to explore their inner journey

    Lunch: There will be a 90 minute lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or enjoy the local restaurants during this time. Fee: $130 To register: Pay by PayPal through this site's shopping cart. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)    
  • We journey to exotic and majestic landscapes as tourists and adventurers, but also -- as Roger Housden shows in this luminous book -- to connect with the divine.Reinterpreting the ancient sacred journey in a modern context -- not tied exclusively to any one religion -- Housden describes his journeys to places as diverse as the Ganges in India, St. Catherine's on Mr. Sinai, and up the coast of Northern California to Big Sur and "New Age" spirituality. Whether he is trekking through the Masai lands of Africa, where every rock and canyon is alive with significance, or touring New York City's world of "concrete canyons and towering monuments", Housden's remarkable color photographs beautifully complement prose that Resurgence magazine has described as "crystalline, precise, penetrating...shot through with epiphany-like gems of insight and practical wisdom". Throughout his wanderings, Housden bridges the space between the divine and the ordinary, showing how the sacred is not here or there but all around us -- if only we open our eyes and soul to see.
  • STIRRING THE CREATIVE FIRE

    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Location: 26 Skylark Drive, #8, Larkspur, CA 94939
    I thought the fire was out. I stirred the ashes. I burnt my fingers. -Antonio Machado
    Creativity is a dangerous word. It can separate us from “them”: those who society thinks are gifted in some way that most people aren’t–artists, writers, start-up developers, inventors, composers–and make us believe that those who aren’t “creative” are here only to consume and digest the works of others. But nothing can be further from the truth. When we remove that myth from our mind, the creative fire can flare through any of us in a way that celebrates our own unique life and talents. In this daylong we will use writing to explore some of the following themes: Dissolve Creative Blocks and Identify Your Gifts The Power of Daydream and Silence Passion Focus and Flow Pay Attention to Your Senses Risk Courage and Persistence Who Will Benefit from this Class: Both writers and non-writers who wish to explore the deeper layers of their life journey. To register: Pay by PayPal through the webcart on this site. Or, save $5 and pay by check! Send your $125 check to Roger Housden at 26 Skylark Drive, #8, Larkspur, CA 94939. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead to communion and grace. Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, the author of Sacred America shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in their own lives. In Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for. "The Journey" by Mary Oliver "Last Night as I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machado "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman "Zero Circle" by Rumi "The Time Before Death" by Kabir "Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda "Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell "For the Anniversary of My Death" by W. S. Merwin "Love After Love" by Derek Walcott "The Dark Night" by St. John of the Cross
    Reviews "In Ten Poems to Change Your Life Housden offers a unique map for the Soul's journey and encourages us to begin. Accessible, elegant, luminous, and wise, this book is Soul food." -- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
  • The fourth volume in the popular series that began with Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime focuses on what it means to be truly human. In it, Roger Housden offers us poems on life and death, happiness, seeing ourselves in relation to the world, and, of course, the ineffable—the things that really matter when the chips are down. He describes these passionate poems as “bread for the soul and fire for the spirit.” The poets Housden has chosen are Billy Collins, Hayden Carruth, Dorianne Laux, James Wright, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Oliver from the United States, D. H. Lawrence and John Keats from England, Rainer Maria Rilke from Germany, Fleur Adcock from New Zealand, and Seng-Ts’an from sixth-century China. And yes, that adds up to eleven, not ten. Housden decided to include a bonus poem for his faithful readers in this, the final volume of the series. As before, Housden’s luminous essays provide an elegant and easy passage into the sometimes daunting world of poetry, enabling readers to feel that in him they have found a trusted guide and mentor.

    Reviews

    "The outstanding achievement of popular inspirational writer Housden's Ten Poems book  is that they present poets and poetry that most of his usual audience will embrace but might never otherwise encounter. He finds a poem by former cook, maid, and gas station manager Dorianne Laux, 'For the Sake of Strangers,' about how the kindness of strangers keeps her from stepping off the edge of despair, and after it he tells his own story about a trek through the Sinai desert; so doing, he lifts the poem, already powerful on its own, to a higher level of meaning. He repeats the procedure with a rich variety of poets, from Keats to Naomi Shihab Nye, from sixth-century Buddhist poet Seng-Ts'an to Mary Oliver, offering enriching tastes of their best work and, with his subsequent impressions, priming his readers to plumb themselves for their own interpretations of the poems. What better method is there for sharing the love of an art form?" - Donna Chavez, Booklist, starred review*
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  • A One Day Writing Workshop

    Date: Sunday October 22nd, 2017 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: $130 Location: 120 Goodhill Road, Kentfield Ca 94904

    "It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living." V.S.Pritchett.

    Explore your life story with an emphasis on language and the art of story-telling. You do not have to have suffered abuse, had a terrible childhood or a life-threatening illness to write a great memoir! No one has lived the life you have. You will write moments from your life in ways that clarify your present as well as your past, and may give some insight into your path for the future. A variety of exercises will encourage you to reach down into the events of your life and find the deeper layers of wisdom and healing that may lie within them. You Will Learn To:
    • Write your story in vivid language.
    • Show rather than tell, by using concrete detail rather than information
    • Uncover the inner meaning of significant events
    • Experience the release and the tenderness of sharing your story with others
    Who Will Benefit from this Class: Both writers and non-writers who wish to explore the deeper layers of their life journey. Lunch: There will be a 90 minute lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch or enjoy the local restaurants during this time. (*No refunds on fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)
  • Monday, October 16th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017

    It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living. V.S.Pritchett.

    Explore your life story with an emphasis on language and the art of story-telling. You do not have to have suffered abuse, had a terrible childhood or a life-threatening illness to write a great memoir! No one has lived the life you have. You will write moments from your life in ways that clarify your present as well as your past, and may give some insight into your path for the future. A variety of exercises will encourage you to reach down into the events of your life and find the deeper layers of wisdom and healing that may lie within them. You Will Learn To:
    • Write your story in vivid language.
    • Show rather than tell, by using concrete detail rather than information
    • Uncover the inner meaning of significant events
    • Experience the release and the tenderness of sharing your story with others
    Who Will Benefit from this Class: Both writers and non-writers who wish to explore the deeper layers of their life journey. How the Class Works: My online courses are a group endeavor that take place in a private Google Group room, so unless you choose otherwise, your responses to the assignments will be read and commented on by the others in the group. Group size is normally between 6 and 12. The exchanges between participants make for an intimate and very rich holding environment. Every Monday morning you will receive an email with the week’s assignment, and you will post your written response on the Google Group room, where every other participant will be able to see it and comment on it if they wish. Roger will comment on everyone’s work each week. You will benefit not only from your work, but through the work of all students, as you will see all of the assignments and Roger's feedback to everyone (if you would rather submit your assignments to Roger privately, that is ok too). Roger also encourages you to communicate with each other during the class, providing input and support as you see fit. Roger will hold a teleconference during the session: an opportunity for you to ask questions and for us to talk together about the work we are doing. These usually last for up to an hour. NOTE: For the Google Group room, we will use the email address connected to your PayPal account. If you would like to use a different email address, after you have signed up for the course, please email my assistant Robert Carlson with the name of the course you have signed up for and the email address you would like to use.  He may be reached at robert.bocarlson@gmail.com. Cost: $299 until October 1st, 2017, then $357 Or, save $10 and send a check! Send your $347 check to Roger Housden at 120 Goodhill Road Kentfield Ca 94904 To Register: Add this course to your cart (button below) and make your payment through PayPal or select check payment. (*No refunds on workshop fee but credit may be applied to future course work and teaching)