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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Kripalu is proud to participate in the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, presented by Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The festival celebrates the talents of local and regional women writers with a variety of events throughout the month of March.

Balancing the Personal and the Political

Carol Ascher, Laurie Lisle, and Marnie Mueller
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm
In this reading and panel discussion, three feminist writers with different backgrounds and perspectives explore the potential challenges and conflicts of simultaneously “writing the self” and “righting the world.” Activism and politics often become subtexts in memoir and fiction, sometimes filtered through imaginary characters. Writers who are also activists face the ongoing question of whether it’s enough to share our concerns and commitments simply through honest, sensitive self-expression, or whether our words and narrative arcs must be more explicit.

Admission: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required; please call 800.741.7353. (code BFWW-141)


The Heroine’s Journey: Stepping Into a Brave New World

Amber Chand
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 pm
What would happen if you were to move beyond the safe edges of your life and step into a new story—one that calls you to live from an enlivened place of possibility?

During this 90-minute workshop, we explore the call of the soul, that which beckons us from the liminal space of potential, and begin to trace pathways into our envisioned future. We listen deeply to what is seeking to emerge through us, and are gently guided to meet our “future self,” discerning what needs to be released and left behind in order for us to bravely embrace this call. Discover transformational tools that will enable you to manifest your next steps with the spirit of ease and grace. Please bring a journal and an open heart.

Admission: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required; please call 800.741.7353. (code BFWW-142)


Who Cares? Voices of Women Who Tend to Others

Janet Reich Elsbach, Jenny Laird, Lydia Littlefield, Laura Silverman, and Maria Sirois
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 pm
Through the prism of personal experience with an aging parent, a dying sibling, a child with a disability, a partner with a chronic illness, and a job in a white lab coat, these five writers represent the collected thoughts of those engaged in the give and take of care. The event includes a reading and a panel discussion on nurturing the self while tending to others.

Admission: Free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required; please call 800.741.7353. (code BFWW-143)