Workshops


Toasts, Tributes and Love Poems  Ages 18 & up

Spring, 2019

Multnomah Art Center, $25

www.multnomahartcenter.org

We all have folks to laud but many of us need help expressing our sentiments. Be prepared for the next wedding, memorial, mother’s or father’s day, graduation or birthday with a well-written celebration of someone you love. Draw on stories, memories and ideas to practice skills in characterization, audience and dramatic technique. Learn how to craft a brief cameo that lingers in the hearts of your audience.  


A New Leaf: A Creative Writing Workshop

Breitenbush Conference Center, April 19-21, 2019

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


Forest Bathing  June 16-18, 2019

Breitenbush

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese healing practice that is proven to: reduce stress, improve mood, increase concentration, aid sleep and generate energy. Nature experience strengthens our bodies and senses while bacteria in the soil aids in digestion and the release of serotonin. In this workshop we explore how to increase both the quantity and quality of our time outside and to create new rhythms that foster an intimacy with nature.. We may stargaze, lie in the grass, bask in the sun, rinse 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 a deepening relationship with the wild 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 20-21 , 2019

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


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


Testimomials From Workshop Participants

“Not every poet can teach and not every teacher of poetry can write it at the highest level.  Amy is rare in that she is both a fine poet and an exceptional teacher. Her poetry writing workshop at Breitenbush was more than just what I was hoping to find in a workshop, it turned out to be exactly what I needed to find in a workshop. Amy delights in fine writing; she inspires her students to join her in pushing themselves to look for the best they have to offer, and she does it in a way that affirms the value of one's struggle. Amy is a talented guide and fellow traveler into the mysteries and rewards of embracing the poet in oneself. You'll thank yourself for taking one of her workshops.”        - Reed Clarke, Breitenbush Workshop 

“This was the best experience (like this) that I have ever had. It beats them all! It was informative, personal and intimate. The writing exercises and partner-critique sessions were very helpful.”  Fishtrap Writing Workshop participant

 “Very helpful prompts and structuring. Encouraged participation and dialogue. A superb instructor/facilitator.” Writing Circle participant

“Amy is an extraordinary instructor and was great as a group leader. I loved all the writing we did; even though some of it came hard to me, it was all so valuable.”  Opal Creek Workshop participant.

© Amy Minato 2018