Workshops



A New Leaf: A Creative Writing Workshop

Breitenbush Conference Center, April 21-23, 2017

Breitenbush

Just as our cottonwoods and conifers unfurl their foliage this season, stretch and open yourself through writing. Examine new forms of expression and be inspired by discoveries as you turn over the leaves of your personal journey. Immersed in this place of riffling waters and wind-strummed trees we’ll practice ways to shape your findings into effective writing. This workshop develops organically with participant interest. Themes we may consider include loss, hope, change and love. We will weave being outdoors with readings, discussions and writing in a fun, relaxed, supportive atmosphere. All writing levels welcome!

Amy Minato is author of Siesta Lane, a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock and at conference centers. She and her family migrate between Portland and the Wallowa Mountains.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 
INFO: www.breitenbush.com or amyminato@me.com 
BEGINS: Fri dinner 
ENDS: Sun lunch 
COST: $150 ($130 if registered by 4/30) plus lodging 
DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


Close to Nature

Aug 28 – Aug 30, 2016  

Create new rhythms that foster an intimacy with nature. Examine your life and explore how you might increase the quantity and quality of your time outside. We may stargaze, tree-climb, lie in the grass, go barefoot in the river, make rock cairns, and of course soak in pools. We will also study local ecology, share inspirational readings and find creative ways to express what we learn and observe while relaxing and healing our spirits in the regenerative Breitenbush environment.

Amy Minato is author of Siesta Lane, a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock and at conference centers.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 
INFO: amyminato@me.com 
BEGINS: Mon dinner 
ENDS: Wed lunch 
COST: $130 ($110 if registered by 7/31) plus lodging 
DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


Turning Over Stones: A Creative Writing Workshop Sept 30-Oct 2016

breitenbush

Just as we discover those zen-like salamanders hidden under logs, crawdads under rocks, looking below the surface of daily life reveals meaning. Come be inspired by what you find as we turn over the stones of our lives beneath elder trees and beside the effervescent Breitenbush River. Then practice ways to shape your findings into effective writing. This workshop develops organically with participant interest. Themes we may consider include loss, hope, change, love and spiritual quest. We will weave being outdoors with readings, discussions and writing in a fun, relaxed, supportive atmosphere. All writing levels welcome!


Amy Minato is author of Siesta Lane, a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock, Fishtrap and Multnomah Art Center.


REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 

INFO: amyminato@me.com 

BEGINS: Fri dinner 

ENDS: Sun lunch 

COST: $150 ($130 if registered early) plus lodging 

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


A New Leaf: A Creative Writing Workshop

Breitenbush Conference Center, April 21-23, 2017

Breitenbush

Just as our cottonwoods and conifers unfurl their foliage this season, stretch and open yourself through writing. Examine new forms of expression and be inspired by discoveries as you turn over the leaves of your personal journey. Immersed in this place of riffling waters and wind-strummed trees we’ll practice ways to shape your findings into effective writing. This workshop develops organically with participant interest. Themes we may consider include loss, hope, change and love. We will weave being outdoors with readings, discussions and writing in a fun, relaxed, supportive atmosphere. All writing levels welcome!

Amy Minato is author of Siesta Lane, a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock and at conference centers. She and her family migrate between Portland and the Wallowa Mountains.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 
INFO: www.breitenbush.com or amyminato@me.com 
BEGINS: Fri dinner 
ENDS: Sun lunch 
COST: $150 ($130 if registered early) plus lodging 
DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


Writing Circles

The Write Spot, Multnomah Village


Amy hosts weekly writing circles:

    *meet other writers

    *dedicated time and space for writing

    *polish old work, knead a piece in progress or start a new project

    *creative writing prompts

    *short discussions on style with examples

    *friendly feedback

    *quiet, comfortable atmosphere

We start with an example, a short explanation of a theme or technique, do a short free-write, then an hour writing session and share our work. All levels welcome.

We meet above Marcos Restaurant in Multnomah Village.

Wednesday afternoons 1 to 3pm.   (I can schedule a second time slot with 2-3 dedicated writers)

$20 per session 

E-mail confirmation required: amyminato@me.com


Garden Writes - Private Portland Residence, Quarterly (dates TBA) 10am-2pm, $40

A small group of writers gather seasonally to write, wander garden paths and share a scrumptious potluck together. Prompts derive from nature inspiration. Newbies welcome. Fun and fruitful! 


The Practice of Simple Living 

Breitenbush Conference Center  TBA

Breitenbush

In this workshop we learn ways to move toward essentials and away from frenzy and clutter. We renew our relationship to personal values then recreate our lifestyles to honor what brings us meaning and joy. We refresh our relationship to time and work and collaborate on how to live saner, calmer and thus healthier lives. Participants align the externals of their lives with their internal values as we move toward moderation in our relationship to stuff, time, work and technology. 

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320 

INFO: amyminato@me.com
BEGINS: Mon dinner
ENDS: Wed lunch
COST: $130 ($110 if registered by 3/22) plus lodging
DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


Past workshops


Fishtrap Workshop Wallowa Mountains:  fishtrap

July 7 to 12, 2014

Telling Secrets:  for youth ages 10-14

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:


to be a discoverer you hold close whatever


you find, and after a while you decide


what it is. Then, secure in where you have been,


you turn to the open sea and let go.”

- from Security by William Stafford

Friends, join us. We’ll check under rocks, listen to the river, spy on the world, gather stories.  We’ll hold close what we find, ponder the mysteries, then give these away wrapped in words.  What you like to write we’ll do – stories, poems, letters to squirrels.  Bring your heart and brain and a pencil or two. Be ready to make friends and to slide into writing like an otter into a stream. For ages 10-14.













© Amy 2012