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Narrative Gardening: Growing Your Memoir from the Seed

Mar 29 - Apr 26, 2022

An Arts and Spirituality Online Retreat with Jesse White
Tuesdays, 6-8pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.

Workshop limit: 18

Basic Fee - $150
Fee Plus - $175
Subsidized Fee - $125

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

Narrative Gardening Online RetreatFollow the seed-cycle as metaphor as you craft your creative nonfiction essay, poetic memoir, or begin a longer (prose) memoir. Through a listening meditation, discover the seed that Spirit is leading you to grow into story. Practice divine collaboration in the writing process. Learn how to tend to your sprouting and rooting narrative using an arts-based Lectio Divina spiritual practice. Mindfully map your story’s shape and track themes in your writing to guide your words toward the sun. Weed and prune your essay or memoir for new literary growth. Write until your story blooms, and share it with other writers in the program.

Recommended supplies: A computer or tablet with a camera and microphone; writing tools; a journal and/or a word processing program; a working printer if using a computer or tablet to write; a piece of paper 11” x 14” to 18” x 24”; a few 3” x 5” cards; pens; thin markers; a tall stack of Post-it/sticky notes and/or highlighters (possibly in different colors).


Jesse WhiteJesse White is a narrative expressionist artist and writer. She is the author of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #468, God’s Invitation to Creative Play. Her vocational background is in teaching and expressive arts therapy. Jesse served as the Arts & Spirituality Coordinator for Pendle Hill from 2013-2020 and currently serves as the Director and Spiritual Arts Doula for Pigeon Arts, a cathartic art-making organization. She also currently serves as Clerk of Frankford Monthly Meeting of Friends (PA) and as Clerk of the Board of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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