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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A 6-week course for writers to get powerful emotions flowing through stories ~ Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm from November 5th - December 10th, 2019

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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~ Understand how to trust your intuition

~ Identify and examine the emotions that are dying to be released onto the page

~ Learn the value of commitment to your choices in life and writing

~ Identify and examine your motivations for writing

~ Procrastination! It's real. You can work through it!

~ Refine your observation skills to add depth to your stories

~ Use vulnerability as a gateway to courageous expression

~ Develop true compassion and honour your unique gifts

Each session begins with a guided meditation and free-write on various emotionally driven themes such as: sex, death, money, health, fear, truth, happiness, adventure, kindness, responsibility, and freedom, followed by a personal check-in. Next, is either a short podcast or video with a discussion of how it applies to creating engaging emotionally-driven stories. Your writing will then be work-shopped using very specific guidelines to see if it connects with readers and aligns with your intentions.

Each session concludes with a Q&A and guided visualization to connect you with your true emotions.

*As a bonus for joining this particularly deep course, you will receive one complimentary private coaching session with me. (value = $110)


~ Your stories on the page!
~ Transformative artistic and meditative experiences
~ 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 author
~ A complimentary private coaching session (value $110)


"Mary deftly shows how both meditation and writing are about letting go and expanding into the moment. Writing tips and techniques are useful tools, and Mary imparts her knowledge of both expertly, but her real gift is getting her students to tap into the magic of the moment and own what they possess within. Powerful, life-changing stuff. I will always be grateful to her for sharing this with me." ~ Elizabeth Mitchell