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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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YAYBOO Your Life

Everyone has a story and every story matters. Ann traveled around the country inviting people to share their yayboos during her solo show, Inappropriate in All the Right Ways. Here, she shares some of those stories. Don’t miss Ann’s program, From the Page to the Stage, including a special presentation of her show, Inappropriate in …

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The Courage to Create

Finding the Courage to Create

Process painting gifts us with many insights and understandings that become landmarks in our own personal journey. It’s not a narcissistic activity, as some might think, because by working on ourselves, we are working on the world. In the mirror of painting, our narcissistic tendencies are revealed as creative blocks, and we must emerge from …

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How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

How to Find Your Passion and Purpose and Shift Your Life

Wouldn’t you just love to jump out of bed every morning filled with fire and enthusiasm for something? Perhaps you have been searching for that something for years or have just settled for a more mundane life out of not knowing any better way. Perhaps you feel that you have too many responsibilities to change …

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Spiritual Power of Routine - Art of Living Retreat Center

The Spiritual Power of Routine

  Recent retirees tend to speak of having mixed feelings about routine. On one hand, they enjoy being free from the externally-imposed schedule of their work lives— they may choose to sleep later, to travel during the week, to eat meals when they fancy them instead of hewing to a strict timetable of meetings and …

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Writing Beyond the Block - Art of Living Retreat Center

Writing Beyond the Block

  Writing begins with enthusiasm. We launch into a long project with optimism. We have an idea, we trust our idea, we set about putting it to the page. All goes swimmingly for a time— until we hit The Wall. The Wall occurs, in most writing, about two-thirds of the way into our work. Put …

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Bringing Joy into the Body - Art of Living Retreat Center

Exploring Wisdom: Bringing Joy into the Body

Dance has always been a part of my life. After years of rigorous training, I became a performer in New York City, Washington D.C., and later Boston. For the past 26 years, I’ve also been a choreographer making dances that ask questions about our fundamental relationship with ourselves, and with our beautiful blue planet.   …

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Morning Pages - Art of Living Retreat Center

Creativity, Spirituality, and Morning Pages

  The main message of my work is that creativity and spirituality are intertwined. They each support the growth of the other.   The basic tool of a creative recovery is something that I call morning pages. You’re probably familiar with them–they’re three pages of longhand morning writing that you do first thing upon awakening. …

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Arts Education - Art of Living Retreat Center

The Importance of Arts Education

  It’s no secret that learning and experiencing the Arts benefits us in a profound way. Indeed, 93% of parents consider Arts Education to be a vital ingredient in the healthy development of their children. It’s easy to see why with this visual guide by WeTheParents.org.     So why then are the Arts being squeezed …

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Art of Living - Creative Writing

In House: Eric Maisel on Criticism & Creativity in Writing

Eric Maisel is a Creativity Coach and author who’s been working with writers for 30 years. This summer, he hosted the Deep Writing Workshop at the Art of Living Retreat Center, where writers of all experience levels relearned how to prioritize and develop their creativity in a supportive, quiet space. A different kind of writing …

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Art of Living Journeys

Art of Living Journeys: Lillian’s Creative Spirit

  Lillian Bijoux, an artist and singer-songwriter, describes her experience with the Art of Living Happiness Program as something that moves and and inspires her creative spirit.   Lillian remembers feeling free and open as a child, unrestricted by her mother’s admonishments to “be like everyone else.” However, with the death of her father, she …

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