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Relaxing into Memoir: A Four-day Writing Workshop at LifePath Center

By Maureen Phillips

Hankering to write about your life? Perhaps you have begun to write already but feel the annoying proverbial “writer’s block.” This November may be the perfect opportunity for you to unwind, relax, and get that story onto paper! Join Dyane Lynch and Maureen Phillips for their unique four-day intensive “Relaxing into Memoir” writing workshop in the serenity of the LifePath Centre, November 11– 4, from 9am to 5pm. Cost US$575. Space is limited.

This workshop will be complemented, at different intervals throughout the four days, with guided breathing and gentle yoga movement. A combination of slow, flowing hatha exercises will be practiced. These breathing, stretching and releasing exercises will assist your mind and body to relax. Your creativity will be released, allowing you to access memories, and your stories will flow!

Each day, and with the guidance of these two writing and movement coaches, you will be introduced to a variety of writing and relaxing techniques. You will also have an opportunity to share your writing with others and receive feedback. On the last day of the workshop, we will discuss different options for you to publish your own life story or stories.

How to Register

To register or find out more about the course, please contact Dyane Lynch ( or Maureen Phillips (

Dyane Lynch is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher as well as an active ESL teacher. She is also a Reiki (2nd degree) practitioner, “Ki” massage therapist and a pre-birth doula coach. Dyane has an interdisciplinary arts degree (language, arts, religion, and film) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and has taught in Japan, Nepal, France, Ireland, Canada, and in the United States. In 1983, Dyane was the only woman to complete the first North American Ironman triathlon in Penticton, Canada.

Maureen Phillips has a Master of Arts degree in Life Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. She has a passion for reading and writing non-fiction and has had some of her own stories published. Maureen presents a journaling class to students in the Humanities 101 program at the University of British Columbia, and has facilitated workshops in life writing to seniors. She also teaches grammar in Continuing Studies at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.


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