Albert’s 2017/2018 Events

Beginning January 10th:

Marin Magazine LIVE Monthly Writing Workshop in Sausalito, California “A Year to Awakening Your Creativity”

“Since my (Albert’s) new book is broken into twelve themed chapters for the twelve months of the year, each month we will have the opportunity to work with a theme in order to inspire our writing. The chapters are meant to build on one another and work cumulatively to strengthen your writing over the course of the year. For example, February’s theme is “becoming” (building off of “rebirth” from January) and revolves around the power of reading to nourish and inform our writing. We can think of the theme literally or metaphorically. Who and what do we become through our reading practice and how does that influence our knowledge, the power and impact of our writing?” Read more

Marin Magazine LIVE Monthly Writing Workshop in Sausalito, California

2018 Upcoming Events

January 13th “Dinner-Licious Happy Woman Dinners” Gourmet dinner, reading, and book signing 6:00-9:00 PM Belmont, California

January 18 Copperfields Books Santa Rosa, California reading & book signing

January 20 UNPLUG Los Angeles, A Writing & Meditation Workshop!

January 24th AND 27th Yoga Kula, Berkeley, California a Reading, Meditation & Writing Experience

January 28 California Writers Club—Marin at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA (Talk)

February 10 Insight Los Angeles: A Writing & Meditation Workshop Daylong Program

February 12 Warwicks Books La Jolla, CA reading talk, and signing

February 17 California Writers Club Peninsula Chapter Redwood City, California

March 10 Authors on the Move: Special event to benefit the Sacramento Public Library Foundation in Sacramento, California

April 7-8 Writing as a Path to Awakening special LIVE event—Writing Workshop for WAP 2018 Year-long Program Members. Dominican University, San Rafael, CA

April 20th AND 21st East-West Bookshop Seattle, Washington. Reading and Saturday Workshop.

May 4th Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, California (talk)

June 8-10th Writing as a Path to Awakening a weekend Writing & Meditation Retreat at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California

July 8-13 Writing as a Path to Awakening a week-long Writing & Meditation RETREAT at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Past Events

August 17, 2017 Point Arena, California (Workshop 3:00-5:00PM Reading & signing 8:00
August 29, 2017 Corte Madera Library, Corte Madera, CA (Marin Poetry Center group reading)
September 4, 2017 Left Coast Writers, Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA (Talk)
September 5, 2017 Napa Insight, Napa California (Talk, meditation, and book signing)
September 12, 2017 Book Passage Bookstore Corte Madera, CA Book Launch! (Interview, writing experience, and signing)
September 21-25, 2017 Shambhala Mountain Center Colorado (A residential writing & meditation retreat “Writing & Meditation Summit” with Susan Piver & Lodro Rinzler)
September 26, 2017 Old Firehouse Books, Ft. Collins, CO
September 27, 2017 Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO (interview/conversation and signing)
September 28, 2017 Book Bar Denver, CO (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 1, 2017 Tattered Cover, Littleton, CO (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 12, 2017 Copperfields Books, Santa Rosa, CA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 16, 2017 Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 24, 2017 Eagle Harbor Books, Seattle, WA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 26, 2017 Powell’s Books, Portland, OR (interview/conversation, talk and signing)
October 29, 2017 Banyen Books, Vancouver, BC (Canada) (talk, writing experience, and signing)
November 10, 2017, UNPLUG Los Angeles (talk and reading)
November 11, 2017 Insight LA, Los Angeles, CA (a daylong meditation and writing experience)

The Writing Retreat Experience


Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing workshops!
—Cheryl Strayed (Best Selling Author of WILD, “Tiny Beautiful Things,” and the novel “Torch.”)

Writing as a Path to Awakening

How do we cultivate a true depth in our own writing?—those layers of profound emotional insight and revelation that inspire and move us as readers? We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity. The practice of writing is ultimately an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward greater self-awareness. Writing as a Path to Awakening workshops are an opportunity to explore more profound levels of personal identity and creativity through the practice of innovative writing exercises, coupled with periods of dynamic meditation experiences.

The workshops range from 5 hour daylong programs, to weekend intensives—up to 5 day retreats depending on the venue and schedule. The format includes periods of sitting meditation, writing exercises, readings, standing meditation, creative visualization, Q&A, sharing and discussion. The workshops are an opportunity to be inspired by your own innate creativity, and experience ever deeper levels of awareness through the practice of meditation, inquiry, writing and listening to words. You will learn innovative writing prompts and techniques, ways to free yourself from writing blocks, and how to access enhanced levels of creativity. You will leave with stronger writing skills, an expanded sense of your own divine being, as well as an extensive understanding of the connection between creativity and consciousness.

Questions about any of our events or retreats?

Please go to the Contact  page, send us a quick email by filling out the form. Thanks always for your interest and support!


Albert Flynn DeSilver is a wonderful teacher. He is a warm and gentle presence and the blend of meditation lessons and writing exercises was an amazing mix!

—M.W. Florida

I felt my spirit lifted and supported in countless ways in this great gift of a class!

—M.H. Wisconsin

The meditation practices inspired my writing, and the writing exercises brought depth to my meditation practice. A perfect week made possible by Albert and his unique and heartfelt teachings.

—B.L. New York, N.Y.

In my 27 years of coming to Omega workshops this has been one of the highlights. Albert Flynn DeSilver’s workshop sparked a daily movement of awakening through attention, stillness and awareness in such a wonderful flow. . .

—V.K. Rhinebeck, N.Y.

‘Writing As A Path to Awakening’ offered such rich opportunities for creative expression and spiritual recovery.

—E.C. Scranton, PA.

The generosity of spirit that Albert brought to every meditation, writing exercise and group sharing allowed a transformative bond to grow among the participants.

—G.G. New Hampshire

‘Writing As A Path To Awakening’ was definitely a wake up call in the best of ways. The seminar reminded me of the importance of living in the present and taught us how to harness and encourage our own creativity to bring out the creative geniuses that we are.

– E.K. Berkeley, CA

I attended ‘Writing As a Path to Awakening’ and it was fantastic. Hope it becomes a regular class at Spirit Rock. Albert … you rock!

—M.K. Point Reyes, CA

What can YOU expect by attending one of Albert’s Events? Recent TESTIMONIALS:



May 26-29, 2017 Writing as a Path to Awakening
The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

May 5-7, 2017 Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Asilomar, CA
Asilomar Retreat Center, Pacific Grove, CA. A Yoga, Meditation, and Writing Experience with SPECIAL GUEST Dr. Melody Moore with Albert Flynn DeSilver

March 19, 2017 The Yoga of Creativity & Writing
Writing as a Path to Awakening

September 11-18, 2016 Spirit Rock Meditation Center
7 day meditation and creativity retreat for writers.

September 24, 2016
Dominican University of California (Meadowlands Assembly Hall)
San Rafael, California
“Writing as a Path to Awakening” Daylong Workshop.

October 1-2, 2016
Hollyhock, Vancover, CANADA
“Writing as a Path to Awakening” Weekend Workshop.

August 25-29, 2016 Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado.
5 Day Retreat: “Writing as a Path to Awakening

March 9-14, 2016 Sedona Yoga Festival, Sedona, AZ
Workshop + speaking.

April 23, 2016 Redwood Writer’s Conference, Keynote Presentation, Santa Rosa, CA (with the amazing Dorothy Allison!)

June 12-17, 2016 Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA 5 day retreat; “Writing as a Path to Awakening.”

July 15-17, 2016 Omega Institute, New York (weekend retreat) “Writing as a Path to Awakening.”

February 11-14, 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference, CA. Talk and Workshop.

July 18, 2015  “Writing as a Path to Awakening DAYLONG at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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August 6-8, 2015 Albert will be presenting and teaching at the Mendocino Writers Conference:

Mendo Writers Conf 2015


August 13-17, 2015 Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies

Join Albert at the AMAZING Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies for an extraordinary 5 day writing and meditation retreat.

Shambhala Mountain Center


Writers retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center


Esalen Institute May 10-15, 2015 Big Sur, California

Join Albert on the Big Sur Coast of California at the AMAZING Esalen Institute for a 5 day writing and meditation retreat.




The Omega Institute

October 3-5, 2014 with Pam Houston