Albert’s 2019 Events & Workshops

Summer Writing & Meditation Retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado!

August 14-18, 2019. Experience your creative awakening, peace, insight, and rejuvenation in the Colorado Rockies!

  • Innovative Writing Exercises & Time to Write
  • Dynamic Meditation and Mindful Movement Experiences
  • Connection with Creative Community in a Truly Sublime Location

Yoga, Writing, Truth & Community

A daylong of conscious writing and conscious movement with Albert Flynn DeSilver and Saraswati Clere Saturday September 7, 2019 at Green Gulch Zen Center & Farm

2019 Upcoming Events

Join us at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado August 14-18, 2019. Experience your creative awakening, peace, insight, and rejuvenation in the Colorado Rockies!

Join us for a daylong of conscious writing and conscious movement with Albert Flynn DeSilver and Saraswati Clere Saturday September 7, 2019 at Green Gulch Zen Center & Farm

Past Events

July 20-21, 2019 A 4 hour, online, weekend intensive workshop on the topic of memoir
May 25th, 2019 A day of Yoga & Writing at Tilden House in the Berkeley Hills, California
April 12-14, 2019 Writing & Mindfulness at 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz, California
March 16th, 2019 Writing, Memoir & Mindfulness at Dominican University of San Rafael, California
September 14th-15th, 2018 Writing as a Path to Awakening workshop at The East West Bookshop Mountain View, California
July 8-13, 2018 Writing as a Path to Awakening retreat week at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
June 15th, 2018 UNPLUG Los Angeles, a writing and meditation workshop!
June 8-10th, 2018 Writing as a Path to Awakening a weekend Writing & Meditation Retreat at 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley, California
May 12th, 2018 An evening reading, talk, and writing workshop for HAPPY WOMEN DINNERS in Las Vegas, NV.
May 4th, 2018 Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, California (talk)
April 20th, 2018 AND 21st East-West Bookshop Seattle, Washington. Reading and Saturday Workshop.
April 18th, 2018 Village Books, Bellingham, Washington
March 10th, 2018 Authors on the Move: Special event to benefit the Sacramento Public Library Foundation in Sacramento, California
February 17th, 2018 California Writers Club Peninsula Chapter Redwood City, California
February 12th, 2018 Warwicks Books La Jolla, CA reading talk, and signing
February 10th, 2018 Insight Los Angeles: A Writing & Meditation Workshop Daylong Program
January 28, 2018 California Writers Club—Marin at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA (Talk)
January 24th AND 27th, 2018 Yoga Kula, Berkeley, California a Reading, Meditation & Writing Experience
January 18, 2018 Copperfields Books Santa Rosa, California reading & book signing
January 13th, 2018 “Dinner-Licious Happy Woman Dinners” Gourmet dinner, reading, and book signing 6:00-9:00 PM Belmont, California
November 11, 2017 Insight LA, Los Angeles, CA (a daylong meditation and writing experience)
November 10, 2017, UNPLUG Los Angeles (talk and reading)
October 29, 2017 Banyen Books, Vancouver, BC (Canada) (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 26, 2017 Powell’s Books, Portland, OR (interview/conversation, talk and signing)
October 24, 2017 Eagle Harbor Books, Seattle, WA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 16, 2017 Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 12, 2017 Copperfields Books, Santa Rosa, CA (talk, writing experience, and signing)
October 1, 2017 Tattered Cover, Littleton, CO (talk, writing experience, and signing)
September 28, 2017 Book Bar Denver, CO (talk, writing experience, and signing)
September 27, 2017 Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO (interview/conversation and signing)
September 26, 2017 Old Firehouse Books, Ft. Collins, CO
September 21-25, 2017 Shambhala Mountain Center Colorado (A residential writing & meditation retreat “Writing & Meditation Summit” with Susan Piver & Lodro Rinzler)
September 12, 2017 Book Passage Bookstore Corte Madera, CA Book Launch! (Interview, writing experience, and signing)
September 5, 2017 Napa Insight, Napa California (Talk, meditation, and book signing)
September 4, 2017 Left Coast Writers, Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA (Talk)
August 29, 2017 Corte Madera Library, Corte Madera, CA (Marin Poetry Center group reading)
August 17, 2017 Point Arena, California (Workshop 3:00-5:00PM Reading & signing
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 “Writing as a Path to Awakening” Daylong Workshop – Dominican University of California, San Rafael, California
October 1-2, 2016 “Writing as a Path to Awakening” Weekend Workshop – Hollyhock, Vancover, CANADA
August 25-29, 2016 5 Day Retreat: “Writing as a Path to Awakening – Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado.
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 5 day retreat; “Writing as a Path to Awakening” – Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
July 15-17, 2016 “Writing as a Path to Awakening” (weekend retreat) – Omega Institute, New York
February 11-14, 2016 San Francisco Writers Conference (Talk and Workshop.), San Francisco, CA
July 18, 2015 “Writing as a Path to Awakening DAYLONG at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
August 6-8, 2015 Albert will be presenting and teaching at the Mendocino Writers Conference:
August 13-17, 2015 Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies (5 day writing and meditation retreat.)
May 10-15, 2015 Esalen Institute (5 day writing and meditation retreat) – Big Sur, California
October 3-5, 2014 The Omega Institute with Pam Houston, Rhineback, New York

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

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