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New Year's Retreat: Connecting the Dots: Awakening to Our Intimacy with All That Lives, December 2014 in Clatskanie, OR
Exploring Our Compassionate Hearts: Practicing with Kwan Yin Bodhisattva, April 2015 in Clatskanie, OR


Guest Editor of Inquiring Mind Sandy will be the guest editor of the Spring 2015 final issue of Inquiring Mind. The theme of the issue is "Tradition and Innovation in the Dharma."

Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Listen to "Flying Your Kite in Dangerous Skies" (September 9, 2014), "The Impulse to Create" (April 21, 2014), and "Five Obstacles to Creative Expression" (June 16, 2011) at www.dharmaseed.org.

“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.