an online meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
May 15-16, 10am-1pm EST OR July 10-11, 1-4pm EST

Level One (Level 2 offered July 17-18)

Whether we write for our own pleasure or for others, to be read on the page or to be spoken aloud, we want our writing to reflect our experience of the world. But our habitual thinking and the ways we tell these stories become a kind of spell of doing, of busy-ness; a spell that binds us, separates us from others, and limits our authentic expression. If we release this imprint of Doing, what might happen if we can rest in the stillness, silence and spaciousness of our Being? Can we rest in What Is, open and aware, without the effort of resisting, grasping or seeking to change our experience?

In this two-day, small group workshop, you will learn practices that will help you bring open and kind attention to your habits of thought, expression, and story-making. This attention encourages curiosity and creativity, opening new ways of seeing yourself, seeing others, and seeing the world. You will learn specific contemplative practices relating to body, speech and mind, combined with targeted writing prompts designed to dislodge received patterns of language and thought, allowing something surprising to emerge.

Whether you are a new or experienced meditator or a new or experienced writer, this workshop will introduce you to meditation and writing practices that can benefit your writing and your life.

If desired, a private session during the following week may be booked with the instructor to discuss material created in the workshop or the practices at a special rate of an additional $40 for 30 minutes, $75 for 60 minutes.

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Juanita is a writer and director of plays, operas, audio plays, multimedia works, and site-specific performance, among other forms. Recent projects include her libretto for the opera Backwards from Winter (with composer Douglas Knehans), produced by The Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in NYC, and by Dark MOFO in Tasmania, AU, available from Ablaze Records. Awards include the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, a Maryland Independent Artist Award in Playwriting and writing residencies at Djerassi, Ucross and VCCA. Founding director of Towson University’s experimentally-focused MFA in Theatre, she is now professor emerita, and also teaches in Wilkes University’s MA/MFA in Creative Writing. She is a longtime Buddhist practitioner and an approved presenter in The 3 Doors. Juanita has participated in past KO Festivals as artist-in-residence, workshop teacher, and story slammer.


Bön is the indigenous tradition of Tibet that blended with Buddhism centuries ago. The Three Doors is an international non-profit secular organization dedicated to transforming lives though meditation, founded in 2010 by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, a meditation master in the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition.


Workshops  at Ko usually cost $399. This year, since they are virtual (held on Zoom) and since they are in a more compact timeframe, we are dropping our Standard Rate to $125. We also ask that. if you are able to support Ko, you register at the Patron Rate of $199 (or more). If you have lost your job or have been hit hard financially by COVID-19, or are a SNAP/EBT card holder we are offering a special registration rate of $94.  If needed, you can contact us to set up payment in installments. $90 of your payment will be held as a non-refundable deposit to secure your place in this workshop.

TO PAY BY CHECK: Download this FORM, fill it out and follow the instructions to mail it with your payment.

Questions? For further information email us or call (413) 427-6147.

Additional information


May 15-16, 2021 from 10am-1pm EST, July 10-11, 2021 from 1-4pm EST


Patron Price $199. Thank You So Much!, Standard Price $125, Discounted Price $94. For those with SNAP/EBT cards, on unemployment, or with income severely affected by Covid-19, Other Amount (variable amount) for pre-agreed upon installment payments or for an additional donation.

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