Adventures with Lulu Dog & The Writing Life

Looking forward to co-teaching this series of yoga + writing workshops with @lisartierney @yogasantosha beginning late February. Full description below 🤍

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Three Saturdays: Feb 26, March 5 and March 12, 2022 | 1:45-3:15 PM

Mission Studio (IN PERSON) at 320 1800 4th St. SW + LIVESTREAM

$35 General | Full Series $99

$25 WGA Members (Visit WriteClick for WGA member promo code) Full Series $75

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and Yoga Santosha will offer a series of 3 weekly yoga and writing workshops intended to explore the therapeutic overlap between physical movement and creative writing. Lisa and Sam will share prompts and readings throughout each unique session exploring themes of clarity, impermanence, resilience, reconnection, compassion, heart, and how the pandemic has impacted us individually and collectively over the past two years.

The studio will be heated to a warm temperature to invite our physical bodies to drop more easily into imagination and transportive reflection as we weave between gentle (mostly yin) postures and exploratory writing time. Participants can choose to register for the full series or individual sessions. February 26 will be an opportunity to take stock of the present moment and to observe where (and why) we may feel stuck physically and emotionally; March 5 will explore postures, questions and notions of freedom, safety and release. March 12 will delve into the vulnerability and courage of heart opening, both in yoga and in storytelling. All sessions are intended to encourage ease in the body, peace to the spirit and creative flow to the mind.

No yoga or writing experience is required. Blocks and bolsters will be available at the studio to create comfortable sitting arrangements and writing surfaces. Please wear comfortable exercise/yoga clothes and be ready with a notebook and pen. In-studio writing will be longhand. For those who register to attend livestream, it is strongly recommended to create a quiet space at home with a yoga mat, at least two yoga blocks (or dictionaries!) and a bolster.

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Register @yogasantosha
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Wolf Moon 2022

May we overcome 💙
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Next Monday January 17 on Zoom — link at writersguild.ca ✍️

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Wolf Moon Guided Write Night with Samantha Warwick

Monday, January 17
5:00-6:15 PM MST
Join us on Zoom
Free and open to all

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity,” wrote Franz Kafka one hundred years ago. And here we are, nearly two years into a collective experience that is perpetuating ongoing mental health challenges for many writers. Our individual circumstances will differ—too much isolation, too little uninterrupted time, trouble focusing, generalized gloom, brain fog, anxiety, depression or simply feeling adrift in our writing lives and less sure of what we want to say. One truth connects us all: a writer’s sense of purpose is buoyed by the decisive act of writing. And so—from the heart to the page—we will write under the first full moon of 2022 for peace of mind and clarity. Samantha will kick this session off with a short conversation about how the pandemic has impacted the writing life, followed by an hour of guided writing. Though prompts will be offered to get your fingers and imagination flowing, participants may work on any projects they wish. In the spirit of connection and accountability, we encourage writers to leave their cameras on. And, unless necessary, the group will not be muted.

Samantha (Sam) Warwick is the author of the novel Sage Island. Her essays and poetry have appeared in various literary and commercial publications including the Globe & Mail, Geist, Event, Dog Eyes Magazine, WestWord, and FASHION. Sam directed literary events for the Writers' Guild of Alberta (Calgary office) for over a decade.

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Friday! I’m reading my winter stout literary beer can story on CKUA tonight at 545 MT — or listen on SoundCloud anytime at:

https://m.soundcloud.com/ckuaradio/s4e6-and-so-we-adapt-by-samantha-warwick

📸 = @maniakat

Posted @withregram • @ckuaradio

This week's #SessionStory comes from Kananaskis Country's Samantha Warwick @sam_and_lulu_

She is a published author and freelance writer. Her short story, "And So We Adapt," discusses Covid isolation

#SessionStories pairs local writers with innovative, high-quality craft beer, brewed in Lacombe, Alberta. Be sure to grab a 4 pack of @blindmanbrewery new winter #SuperCoffeeStout, brewed with local coffee from @birdycoffeeco

Poems and stories appear on 16 different beer can labels this winter. Hear them on-air, Fridays at 5:45 PM MT!

Check out Season 1, 2, 3 and the latest episodes in Season Four at ckua.com/sessionstories ⬆️

#craftbeer #craftpoems #microbrew #micofiction #craftcoffee #flashfiction #flashstory #rescuedog #souldog #isolation #alberta #writer #storyteller #ckua #radio #blindmanbrewing #booksandbeers
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Cue Taylor Swift, This Is Me Trying (played 8000 times in 2021)

Thank you @sitstaysquat for the creative indoor doga classes!

Posted @withregram • @sitstaysquat @sam_and_lulu_ Getting down during a zoom Dog-Yoga class! ⁣



#zoomclasses #dogyoga #yogawithdogs #puppyyoga #yogapup #yogadog #yogadogsofinstagram #yogadogs #doga #downwarddog #downwarddogpose #downdog #dogworkout #dogbow #dogstretch #dogmom #dogmomsofinstagram #dogmomaf ⁣
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Status update: Minus 30 outside, 13 degrees inside. Fire lit 🔥 Coffee on. ...

—and on the last day of 2021 @ckuaradio invited me to record my latest micro story + interview with Rudy Howell. Will air Jan 7 @ 545 PM MST. We wore our best onesies 💗 ...

Peace ❤️ ...

New moon solar eclipse in a few hours — the end of an 18 month cycle I gather — & my latest @blindmanbrewery micro story has launched!

On the back of this tall can is a short piece called AND SO WE ADAPT — it’s about displacement, winter lockdown, Lulu and resilience.

Thank you to the team that continues to bring flash literature into less expected places 🙌

I look forward to reading all 15 selected stories / poems + to hearing each writer speak to & read their piece on CKUA Radio on Fridays @ 545

Thank you to literary-beverage enthusiast Spencer at @britanniawine for stocking up on this product. Friends, go there!

Thank you
@blindmanbrewery
@birdycoffeeco
@ckuaradio
@bellyofawhale
@trevorwjay

— and to all the shops & restaurants that are supporting & ordering this amazing, perfect-for-winter 4.1% microbrew!

#coffeestout #caffeine #microfiction #microbrew #saturday #craft ❤️
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“In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us.”

— Mary Oliver, Upstream: Selected Essays

#maryoliver @shelflifebooks
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Full disclosure — this is a saturated, sharpened + filtered view of the lunar eclipse this morning @ 2:01 MST after Lulu uncharacteristically insisted I take her outside. I stood beside a pile of construction garbage in boxer shorts, slippers and looked up 😍 ...

Can’t believe I missed this again! Living vicariously through photos by @trinariannemoyles 💚 ...

This is not an accurate representation of what the past few months have ‘looked like.’

I don’t have photos of the anxiety spirals, physical or mental pain and mercury retrograde-style setbacks.

Thanks to Stephanie Nosco and her Yin + Meditation training last weekend, I seem to be finding my flow again—in movement and in words.

This past week brought a significant + disappointing surprise. The details don’t matter here and my intention is not to be ominous (we are all okay).

After recovering from the initial awe of the situation, a truth settled over me like water: that life is so much easier when we’re not attached to outcomes.

The acceptance + peace that came with this seemingly simple piece of wisdom has remained.

I’m posting this for myself as much as for anyone reading — to remind myself to show up. Because we need to show up for ourselves with kindness in order to show up for others with kindness. And kindness is everything.

Sending 🤍✨ to anyone here who’s been attempting to climb out of any sort of uncomfortable rabbit hole this year. It’s not an easy time. Being human can be hard.

Keep going.

#perseverance #compassion
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Rare & dreamy fog rolled into the hills this afternoon…

“We love fog because it shifts old anomalies into the elements surrounding them. It gives relief from a way of seeing.” — Eavan Boland
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Full moon insomnia last night —anyone else?? I’d forgotten the moon was swelling to max illumination while my mind raced and nothing would settled it. Lulu tried to help by pressing her little body against my chest, her soft head rested on my bicep, velvet ear against one cheek. Precious little sage.

This photo, similar to a couple of others I’ve posted here was taken at the last art exhibit I attended right before the pandemic — Museum of the Moon, an international touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

#museumofthemoon
@contemporarycalgary
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“The cure for pain is in the pain,” Rumi wrote hundreds of years ago. Adding to this wisdom — hot water, poetry + small magical dogs 🧡 ...

Don’t stop be-leafing 🍂

This caption’s for you @kylhecool ;)
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Last day of summer watering hole ...