Creative Writing & Mindfulness Workshop

About Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is a non-religious, centering, and calming practice of moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, characterized mainly by "acceptance": attention to thoughts and feelings without judging whether they are right or wrong. Mindfulness reduces stress, enhances performance, increases insight, and encourages awareness through observing one’s own mind while intensifying empathy and attention to others’ well-being. Mindfulness gives a time in life to suspend judgment and unleash natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching experiences with warmth and kindness—to the self and others. It is used widely in schools, communities, and workplaces worldwide as a strategy for focus, clarity, resiliency, and relaxation.

Session Timeline:

15 minutes: settle in, mindfulness to relax them and center their focus

60 minutes: impromptu writing they bring; can be any genre of writing they want to explore or school-related if they need help; there is no writing curriculum followed to encourage creativity and relaxation; participants’ can work privately, ask for assistance, and/or share their work

15 minutes: wrap-up with mindfulness 

Instructor

Christa Riddle


Facilitators:

The workshop is facilitated by Christa Riddle, Howell Alliance coordinator, who holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, is certified in mindfulness, and has tutored writing in individual and group settings for 30 years. It is also facilitated by Stefanie Mastbeth Trento, owner of Beautiful Mind Counseling Center, who is a Howell resident, Alliance member, and licensed professional counselor/trauma-informed. Stefanie is also certified in mindfulness and yoga.

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April

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Apr 21
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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December

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Dec 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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February

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Feb 18
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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January

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Jan 21
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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June

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Jun 16
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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March

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Mar 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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May

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, May 19
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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November

  Christa Riddle


Southard Enrichment Center
Tuesday, Nov 19
6:30 - 8:00 PM

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Tu
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Grades   3rd - 9th

$ 15.00
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