Albert’s 2017/2018 Events

Coming soon… Year-long Writing Program. Stay Tuned!

Writing as a Path to Awakening

West Coast BOOK TOUR 2017:

*These events will include book signings, talks, readings, interview/conversations, mini-workshops/writing experiences, and sample meditations.

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