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Janis Newman

Janis Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the memoir The Russian Word for Snow, and the novels Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln, and A Master Plan for Rescue. She is a member of the San Francisco Zen Center.

Writing and Mindfulness: A Writing and Meditation Retreat

Mar 03 - 08, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Janis Newman

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

– Shunyru Suzuki

We know that practicing mindfulness meditation lowers stress, improves health, strengthens relationships and increases happiness. But did you know that practicing mindfulness can also make you a more creative and skillful writer?



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