Mary Paterson

Author / Teacher / Adventurer

Website for: Mary Paterson, author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home; yoga/meditation instructor; Buddhist practitioner; adventurer.


5-Day Summer Writing/Meditation Retreat to deeply explore your life ~ July 9th - 13th, 2018

With special guest HarperCollins Publisher:
Patrick Crean

When you write, you become the master of your life ~ not only do you make sense of your own experiences, you also harness the power to shape yourself into the kind of person you truly desire to be. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you are mining the very depths of your experiences to understand yourself and ultimately life itself. The internationally-acclaimed writer, Marilynne Robinson points to a powerful truth: "You have never done anything worth doing out of anxiety or fear." If you are a writer, meditation is your way out of anxiety and fear. If you are a meditator, writing is your way into the powerful truth of your life. This course is ideally designed for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of their true selves, and a surefire way to harness the power of artistic expression through writing.

5-Day Course Fee: $495 + HST
Location: Spadina and Dupont Rd. in Toronto
To request a place, or for more information, email Mary Paterson ( 

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Monday through Thursday: 
10:00 am - 10:30 am - guided meditation session to explore the depths of your being
10:30 am - 11:00 am - setting of artistic intentions/goals, free-writes, and personal check-in.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Inspirational and expert videos/podcasts on the transformative power of meditation and writing and methods to implement these practices, followed by group discussion. More free-writes.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - lunch
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm - guided meditation session (chanted or walking meditation)
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - group workshopping of your writings and exploration
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Meditation for mastering your life energies

10:00 am - 10:30 am - guided meditation session to explore the depths of your being
10:30 am - 11:00 am - free-write and check-in
11:00 am - 11:30 pm - final guided meditation and reaffirmation of artistic intentions
11:30 am - 1:00 am - Q&A with special guest HarperCollins Publisher: Patrick Crean


~ 10 polished pages of your writing (evaluated and edited by your instructor, Mary Paterson)
~ Effective tools to continue a regular daily meditation practice
~ Music mantra files and instructions designed specifically for your needs
~ Ongoing support and connection with a community of like-minded artists
~ Methods and strategies to find a literary agent and get your work published
~ Expert advice from award-winning Publisher, Patrick Crean
~ A happier and more fulfilling life!


"I have taken probably 15 courses/retreats with other teachers in creative writing and did not expect to learn much more at this point. Mary is a truly a gifted teacher who possesses both a great deal of knowledge/skills and a caring/kind personality that makes it safe to go really deep. I had so many revelations in one week with Mary that from now on I feel like my writing will be SO much better."
~ Dr. Sara Aharon


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