Coming to the Centre

A Writing Workshop with Martyn Kendrick

April 26, 2014 at the Waterfront Trust Building in Hamilton

I hold many titles and fulfill many roles, but the one that comes closest to my core is writer.

Writing is the best way I’ve found to learn about myself and make sense of the world. It is the path I take to come to my centre and express the truth that I find there.  It’s also a powerful way to connect with other human beings.

I’ve been writing since I was a child: songs, poems, stories, scripts, books, articles and, of course, my blog. So you’d think by now I could just dash these things off.  Not so.

Each time I sit down to write is a new beginning, with attendant rituals.  Stilling the mind, becoming present to the body, I begin to walk the labyrinth toward the centre point. In my imagination there is a well at the heart of the labyrinth.  I get into the bucket and lower myself down into the world beneath the world.  I explore it then like a child in a fairy tale, and write what I see as accurately as I can.

You’d think this kind of writing I describe would be a solitary affair and sometimes it is. But I find social writing to be a wonderfully rich and freeing experience.  In the presence of other writers I become less self-conscious rather than more so. The presence of so many people engaged in the same process creates its own energetic field that heightens the experience.  I’m reminded of a phrase attributed to Jesus – where two or more are gathered I am there in the midst of you.  In my cosmology, Jesus is the muse.

My flowering as a writer has been greatly enhanced by working with Martyn Kendrick.  He is a writer, sculptor, labyrinth designer and multi-faceted artist. I always think of him as a wise monk and respect him as a great teacher.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Martyn and I will be holding a writing workshop at Waterfront Trust building at Harbour West, Hamilton.  We’d love for you to join us.

It’s a wonderful venue, right on the waterfront, with a wall of windows looking out on the Bay. We have a private outdoor patio as well, should the sun decide to come out that day.  There is a Williams Coffee Pub right beside us, where you can pick up a coffee when you arrive.  Lunch will be provided on site.

The writing sessions will be structured, to the extent that we will all begin from a common point.  Each writer’s path will diverge from there.  We’ll stop periodically to exchange (on a voluntary basis) stories from the road.  The writing sessions will be supported, with Martyn offering guidance and sharing insights throughout the day.

Scroll down below the details to hear what others have said about our past salons, and we hope that you will choose to come and share this day with others.

The details:

Who     Writers at all levels who want to go deeper and write better

What    A Writing Workshop with Martyn Kendrick

When   Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where  Hamilton Waterfront Trust, 47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON

Map      Driving Directions/Map

Cost      $80 (lunch and taxes included)

Email to reserve your space


9:30 – 12:00  writing session

12:00 – 1:30  lunch and walk (weather permitting)

1:30 – 4:00     writing session 

“Each of us has a voice within us struggling to be heard above trips to the grocery store, doing tax returns, saving money, running a business or taking the kids to classes.  We need to listen in on our inner world and hear what is spoken to us in the depths of our experience.”   Martyn Kendrick

What Others Have Said

“Who would have thought that so much could be created from one black dot on a big white board?  Martyn created an environment and shared simple tools that helped the words just flow from my brain to my fingers.  Writers’ block has vanished.”  Faith

“I loved my first workshop with Martyn. The time flew by as he encouraged us to play with words and images and to expand our vision. It was inspirational.” Nancy

“Darlene and Martyn provide a relaxing and inspirational environment to explore, nurture and experiment with your voice through writing. Whether your interest is in journaling, fiction writing or business writing, in traditional books or on-line, there is room for everyone to grow.” Sarah

“So… just wanted to say THANKS on many levels for the unexpected catalyst. Martyn, I think, said something about how, this type of writing brings forth your story, that which needs to be heard, and he was very right.” Kelly



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