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.

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5-Day Summer Writing/Meditation Retreat to create the powerful artistic life you desire ~ July 15th - 19th, 2019

With special guest HarperCollins Publisher:
Patrick Crean

When you write, 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 ( 



Monday through Thursday: 
10:00 am - 10:30 am - guided meditation session for deep flow
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 - 1:45 pm - lunch
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm - walking in nature 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 for deep flow
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


~ Your stories on the page!
~ Transformative meditation experiences
~ Music mantra files and meditation instructions for home practice
~ Support and connection with a community of like-minded artists
~ Your writing thoroughly tested and workshopped
~ Expert advice from award-winning Publisher, Patrick Crean
~ A happier and more fulfilling life!


"Mary's natural-born ability to teach and mentor is greatly enhanced by her highly intuitive and enlightened nature. It is rare to see a teacher with such ethereal gifts! She is an altogether fearless guide who does not falter in leading her students down the creative path. Mary so generously and openly shares the fruits of her own writing journey with us, her students ,and does so with absolute candour. What an exceptionally inspiring individual she is, and it has truly been a joy to have had the opportunity to learn from her in several courses and workshops over the years."
~ F. Romano