Authors invited to grow writers’ craft in nature

Writer Weam Namou will lead the program.

Weam Namou will lead participants along the Path of Consciousness at the Second Annual Spiritual and Writing Conference and Retreat, Oct. 4, at Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center in Springfield Township.
The conference and retreat is for anyone who wants to write, authors who want to take their careers to their next level, and others who want to enhance their personal and business life.
“Through the help of various ancient, sacred, and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling, our guests can transform their life,” Namou said. “In order to achieve long-term success in life, our work has to start with our consciousness.”
She reached out to author and mystic Lynn V. Andrews for some literary advice in 2011, and discovered an old wound from childhood prevented her from moving forward in her career.
“I ended up in Lynn’s four-year course of study and training in the sacred healing arts,” Namou said. “This healed so many aspects of myself that I became a prolific writer – I’ve published 13 books to date.”
She won an Eric Hoffer Award in 2017, and recently a feature documentary she wrote, produced, and directed won two international awards and will be screened at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township on Oct. 9.
“The changes helped me shift as a wife and mother,” Namou said. “Today I mentor the apprentices in Lynn’s school and I try to share what I’ve learned through my writings, workshops, and through the Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing retreat.”
The event is designed to help guests connect with physical, emotional, spiritual and mental healing techniques and practices in order to release stress and old patterns that keep us stuck in the same circle.
“There is a significant and ever-increasing amount of evidence for the effectiveness for narrative therapy practices,” she said. “A number of medical schools such as Columbia University offer a Narrative Medicine master’s program, recognizing the power the art of storytelling provides for people to heal and grow in their personal and professional life.”
Educating communities in the intelligent and spiritual use of ancient and transformational practices such as yoga, meditation, sound healing, and writing, can nurture communication and creativity as well as be therapeutic and life-changing tools that bring individuals and communities together, she said.
“ It is also vital for an individual, family, and a community’s economic and developmental growth,” she said. “Stories are universal and the art of storytelling is magical. In ancient times, stories were told around campfires. Today, they are often written down in journals or as memoirs. The process can be quite healing and also lots of fun.”
It teaches us a great deal about ourselves, who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going, she said.
“It helps us understand and stop reliving the past,” she said. “Sharing your story helps others, lifts your tribe, and leaves a legacy. It allows your children the opportunity to maneuver their future.”
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