SIT, WALK, WRITE: A Contemplative Writing Retreat

with Patricia Pendleton

October 23rd (2016)

Date details +
  • $50 Patron Level
  • $35 Sustaining Level
  • $20 Supporting Level
Room: Main Meditation Hall
Program Registration is Closed.

Inspired by The True Secret of Writing:Connecting Life with LanguageThe author Natalie Goldberg is a longtime student of Zen, a practice that has informed her writing since her earlier bestseller, Writing Down the Bones. This writing retreat is very simple. Sit for 10 minutes. Walk for 10 minutes. Write for 10 minutes. Read what we have written aloud and listen to others. Begin the cycle again. 

Book Cover - True Secret of WritingSIT mindfully to experience stillness and silence.

WALK mindfully to connect with the body and the ground.

WRITE mindfully to reflect the mind.

LISTEN mindfully to connect with others

Writing topics will be offered to structure the timed sessions. Following each session of sit, walk, write, writers are invited to read aloud what has been written and listen as others do the same. There will also be brief readings and a refreshment/tea break at midpoint. No previous experience with writing or meditation is required. Either chair or cushion will be available to sit upon.


Photo of PatProgram facilitator Pat Pendleton has been engaged with “writing practice” since participating in a workshop with Natalie Goldberg 25 years ago. She has practiced Shambhala meditation since 1992 while training as an art therapist and counselor at the Naropa University in Boulder. Pat has been on the staff of the Buffalo Shambhala group since 2009.


Registration required—space is limited.
 Click the link below to register. You will have an opportunity to make an online payment via credit card or paypal after registering.

Please note that there are three donation tiers for this program. The supporting, or group member level is $25 and is recommended for students and Shambhala members. The sustaining level of $35 is recommended for most participants. The Patron level of $50 helps support the group as well as anyone who may not be able to pay the full program price.

As always, our generosity policy applies. If you are not able to pay the full program price but would like to attend please contact us to make arrangements.