THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Please email info@kofest.com to join the waiting list.

Online 4-7 pm EST on July 23 – 26 + Aug. 2 & Aug. 9, 2020, plus an individual 30 minute one-on-one with the instructor

WHAT: The world is begging us to find new ways of being together, being in the world, being creative, being with ourselves.

In this online workshop, you will learn contemplative practices of body, energy and mind, and how to integrate them with a writing practice that can subvert your old habits of writing and thinking. Together, these new habits can become a daily practice of access to the stillness and silence that is home to your wild and true voice, as fresh and mysterious as it is grounded in your experience.

WHO: As a writer of texts for performance, my orientation is toward texts meant to be spoken aloud – including playwriting, solo performance and poetry. However, the practices you will be learning and the design of the workshop is suited for anyone who wishes to engage with meditation and writing practices: whether you’re a new writer or have years of experience, and whether you’re new to meditation or an experienced meditator interested in working with these powerful practices for self-transformation.

HOW: We begin with a 4-day intensive (Thursday – Sunday) to learn two foundational meditation practices from the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. In each 3-hour session, we will combine periods of guided meditation practice with periods of writing alone together, responding to creative prompts structured to help us undo our restrictive habits of writing and thinking. You will have access to support materials that will help you put into daily practice what you’ve learned. The following Sunday, we’ll meet again to review and renew our understanding of the practices and techniques. While no one will be required to share their writing aloud, the final Sunday of the workshop will offer us the opportunity to share our work and experience of this process, supported by additional resources so we can continue to integrate these practices into our lives.

The class is limited to 15 adult participants.

SKU: JRW-20 Category:



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, 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.  https://the3doors.org


Workshops  at Ko usually cost $399. This year, since they are virtual (held on Zoom) and since so many are hurting financially, we are dropping our Standard Rate to  $300. We also ask that. if you are able to support Ko, you register at the Patron Rate of $300 (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 $150 and, if needed, you can contact us to set up payment in installments.

$150  of your payment is required as a non-refundable deposit to hold your place in this workshop.  Unless other arrangements have been made, the balance is due before the first class meeting.

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

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Payment Options

Patron Price $309 (includes $9 processing fee)Thank You So Much!, Standard Price $207 (includes $7 processing fee), Discounted Price $155 (includes $5 processing fee) 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 additional donations Contact info@kofest.com if you need to make a payment plan