Photo by Victor Ramos
Three Simple Lines: Meditation and Writing Haiku with Natalie Goldberg (In-Person Learning – Three Sessions)
June 23, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
June 24, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 25, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Haiku brings us closer to ourselves and to the world. In three short lines, it can shake us awake, give us the experience of an entire lifetime. It can also give us refuge and clarity—something we all long for, whether or not we realize it, especially in these times we’re living in.
We will look at works by haiku masters, soak our minds in them, and have short periods of sitting meditation and timed writing. We will explore different angles to writing this ancient and modern form. Natalie Goldberg will instruct us how to receive the haiku and get out of the way, so that writing does writing. Bring notebook and pen (computers not necessary), and please wear comfortable clothing.
All are welcome to this course—no haiku writing experience required. We will all begin as beginners. It is Natalie’s hope that we will all leave the class having learned a new practice that can steady us and give us space to breathe.
Note: Students will be required to wear masks while in class.
Natalie Goldberg (https://nataliegoldberg.com/) is the author of fifteen books, including the classic bestseller Writing Down the Bones, which has changed the way writing is taught in the United States; the beloved memoir Long Quiet Highway; the novel Banana Rose; Living Color, about her painting; and her legacy book, The True Secret of Writing. Her latest is Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to the Heart and Homeland of Haiku.
Natalie lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Natalie was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers’s The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old. She received a BA in English literature from George Washington University and an MA in humanities from St. John’s University. Natalie has painted for as long as she has written, and her paintings can be seen in Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World and Top of My Lungs: Poems and Paintings. In 2006, she completed with the filmmaker Mary Feidt a one-hour documentary, Tangled Up in Bob, about Bob Dylan’s childhood on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota.
Natalie has been a serious Zen practitioner since 1974, studying rigorously with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1984, and has taught writing as a practice for the past forty-five years nationally and internationally. She lives in northern New Mexico.
NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest/Master Photographer” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest/Master Photographer Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.
Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?
We strongly recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located about two miles from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).
Click HERE for details on booking.
Dates: Friday, June 23, 7-9 pm PST + Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 10 am – 5 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Venue: Thymele Arts Building
Venue Phone: 323-380-7406
Venue Website: https://www.thymelearts.comAddress:
Thymele Arts Building
The building is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave. Please enter the building on Santa Monica Blvd. Once inside, please proceed to the 2nd floor via the stairs or elevator. On the second level, you will be greeted by an electronic billboard letting you know which room the class will be held in (The Shirley Dawn Room, The California Room, The Kansas Room OR The Common Room).
An underground parking structure can be found very close at:
1110 North Western Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Please bring $5 cash to park in the parking lot. There is also street metered parking as well if you rather park on the street.