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Expanding Our Creativity: A Playful Approach to Writing and Painting!, October 2013 in San Francisco, CA
New Year's Retreat, December 2013 in Clatskanie, OR
Meditation and the Spirit of Creativity, 2014 dates to be announced in Woodacre, CA
Awakening Our Creativity Through Meditation and Writing Retreat, June 2014 in Bellevue, WA


Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Listen to "The Impulse to Create" (April 21, 2012) and "Five Obstacles to Creative Expression" (June 16, 2011) at www.dharmaseed.org.

"Women in Global Buddhism" Presentation at East Bay Meditation Center, November 8, 2010, with visuals, featuring a clandestine nuns' ordination in Thailand.

Guest Editor of Inquiring Mind Sandy was the guest editor of the Fall 2011 issue of Inquiring Mind. The theme of the issue is "The Bodhisattva Path."

Associate Editor of Persimmon Tree Sandy was Associate Editor of Persimmon Tree: An Online Magazine of the Arts by Women Over Sixty from 2006 to 2012.

Editor for Pema Chodron's Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron (Shambhala Publications, Fall 2009).

“A Complicated Burden” in the May 2012 issue of Shambhala Sun. [excerpt available online]

“Spine of Steel” (about Joko Beck) in the Spring 2012 issue of tricycle, Letters, p. 8. [link to Letters]

“The Incredible Sacrifice of Princess Miao Shan” in the Fall 2011 issue of Inquiring Mind.

“My Life as a Gay Grandma,” a Real Families personal essay on Salon.

“Free at Last” in the Fall 2010 issue of Inquiring Mind.

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Attend one of Sandy’s scheduled writing workshops or retreats, or talk to her about organizing a retreat or workshop in your part of the country. She is open to travel and flexible in her arrangements for retreats.

Cultivate your capacity for joy as you meditate and celebrate with Sandy and her partner Martha Boesing in their “Joy in Mindfulness” retreats. Alternate meditation and writing practice in a “Dharma and Writing” retreat. Open yourself to the compassionate energy of the goddess Kwan Yin during a “Discovering Kwan Yin” retreat.

Satisfy your curiosity about meditation practice and the great truths of Buddhism in Sandy’s books, which embody a strong female and feminist perspective.

Sandy’s most recent book is Dancing in the Dharma. Described as a "beautifully written book about a splendidly unique teacher," it tells the life story of Ruth Denison, a pioneer of Buddhism in the West.

Read a chapter from Dancing in the Dharma.

Look at her other books on meditation and Buddhism.

Sandy coaches writers, both individually and in writing workshops, as well as combined meditation and writing retreats, inspiring you to reach deep and discover how to do your best work. Develop your writing in Sandy’s Memoir and Autobiography workshops in the S.F. Bay Area, and her “Dharma and Writing” retreats in the Northwest.

Get private help and coaching for your writing project through consultation with Sandy, either face to face or by e-mail and telephone.

Read her article on eliminating fears in the writing process.