Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert

Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert Helping writers (re)connect to their bodies
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Born and raised in New York City, I’m one of five children and the daughter of a writer. I came of age in book culture. I pursued publishing right out of college because I was, and still am, inspired by the power of narrative to transform. ​ In 2002 I began my career in the heart of investigative journalism at The Nation magazine, which was founded by abolitionists and is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. It was post-9/11 New York, and as the first web intern I got to cover anti-war protests and protests of corporate corruption and help edit the online magazine. I moved on to spend eight and a half years as a publicist and editor at Vintage and Anchor Books, the paperback division of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at what is now Penguin Random House, Inc. There I had the opportunity to build a foundation in publishing by working with the some of the best minds in the industry. I promoted hundreds of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Tavis Smiley, Dani Shapiro, Andrew Weil MD, Kay Redfield Jamison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mary Gaitskill. I learned how to weave books into the cultural conversation through publicity campaigns, and I also witnessed the fall of traditional publishing as book review pages and author tours began to disappear. After working at Random House, I moved on to join Jane Friedman’s innovative ebook company Open Road Integrated Media, where I had a front-row seat to the digital revolution in publishing and saw firsthand the dizzying array of new opportunities and challenges that writers faced. ​ I launched Lisa Weinert Consulting (LWC) in 2011 to advocate for and guide writers as they explore the vast new world of publishing in the digital age. My goal is to marry the best practices in traditional publishing with all the new opportunities digital publishing affords while keeping authors at the center of the process. Over the years, I have produced dozens of book projects at every stage of development. I have worked with major publishers like Audible, Library of America and The Feminist Press as well as major authors such as Ethan Nichtern and startup projects like Hearts on Fire, by Jill Iscol, with a foreword by Bill Clinton, and online serial publisher SerialBox. I specialize in narrative nonfiction, personal narrative, wellness, women’s leadership and spirituality. ​ Alongside my publishing career, I became a committed yoga student. In this practice, I experienced subtler forms of storytelling—the stories we hold in our bodies. I first fell in love with yoga when I was struggling with acute depression in college. In my first class, I entered a back-bending posture called “wheel” and felt relief and hope for the first time in many months. I was hooked. I completed a 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in 2014 and discovered the profound healing power of restorative yoga. I continued to study with Jillian Pransky and received certifications in restorative and therapeutic yoga. Motivated by my healing journey and my dedication to promoting stories, I partnered with the Kripalu to create the debut annual Narrative Medicine Program in 2016. ​ Whether I’m producing a book project or teaching a yoga class, I’m inspired to empower people to nurture their voices. There is valuable, lifesaving medicine in our stories that can heal us personally and as a society.

Do you have a story to tell? A manuscript gathering dust in your drawer? Is there something you need to shed light on an...
12/11/2019

Do you have a story to tell? A manuscript gathering dust in your drawer? Is there something you need to shed light on and share with the world? I’m truly excited to share my new curated Literary Mastermind Groups launching Jan 2020.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These group programs are designed to guide like-minded writers through the stages of developing a book idea, finding the right publishing path and launching work into the world with the fellowship of like minded writers (and readers).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In these 8-week immersive virtual group workshops, I will offer my extensive experience developing books with dozens of authors over the years and together we will create a container to nourish and execute your project in collaboration and community.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These workshops will be limited to eight people, and I am accepting submissions now (link in bio). Please message me to arrange a call to find out more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These 8-week programs will each focus on one of these areas:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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VOICE: We will meet you wherever you are in the process, whether you have a burning idea for a book and don’t know where to begin, or you are deep into a draft and need help massaging the take-aways and shaping the voice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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PATH: Now you have finished manuscript or proposal, it is time to learn how to treat your book like a start-up and design a publishing path that will meet our goals. My goal is to act as a guide and advocate to help you navigate the choices available and design a path that is best suits your creative goals, career trajectory and budget.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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LAUNCH: What happens after the book is on sale? How do you continue to nurture this project and get it into readers’ and reviewers’ hands during launch and beyond? Drawing upon my experience working as a publicist, digital marketer, agent, and editor, I will guide you through the stages of developing a strategy both for the launch of this book and beyond.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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More information coming soon. I can’t wait to work with you to reach your writing goals for 2020!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#writing #publishing #books

Surround yourself with people who inspire you and bring out the best in you and hold on tight! 💞####One more shout out t...
12/09/2019

Surround yourself with people who inspire you and bring out the best in you and hold on tight! 💞

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One more shout out to this beautiful human @mindfulskatergirl who is spearheading trailblazing mindulfness programming throughout the country targeting those who need it most and making it available to all. My heart is on fire after coteaching this weekends powerful workshop in Chicago, IL for @purpose_over_pain . Thank you for inviting me. Thank you for your radiance, leadership and power of example. I’ll follow you anywhere. You are grace.

Onward 💞🙏🏽 @purpose_over_pain @mindfulskatergirl @wejustwill @samantha_novick #endgunviolence #mindfulness #meditation #narrativehealing 📷 @samantha_novick

Profoundly grateful and honored to be a part of this inspiring mindfulness program for @purpose_over_pain  an organizati...
12/08/2019

Profoundly grateful and honored to be a part of this inspiring mindfulness program for @purpose_over_pain an organization that supports parents who lost their children to gun violence with @mindfulskatergirl and @wejustwill. Thank you @purpose_over_pain for including me with filling me with hope and love. I bow to all of you🙏🏽💞 ####repost @mindfulskatergirl: When grief and trauma come barreling into life, how can grieving mothers who lost their their child(ren) to gun violence restore, renew, and rebuild a healed sense of self?
What can they do after their hopes, dreams, assumptions, and core beliefs have been shattered? Today at the #purposeoverpain “Sisters Circle” retreat in Chicago, we tackled these difficult questions together as we helped the mothers build a “trauma-informed healing tool box.” Through mindfulness and narrative healing practices, we learned that grief and trauma healing do not occur by waiting for time to pass. Action and intention are the pillars needed to lay a foundation for rebirth and build a powerful roadmap for the healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
It was an absolute honor to create space, bear witness and provide practical tools to each attendee.
#purposeoverpain #chicago #healing #community #love #mindfulness #meditation #happiness #tools #endgunviolence #breathe #mbsr #narrativehealing #yogaeverydamnday #love

Collaboration makes life so much sweeter. Such a joy and pleasure to join forces with @hollywrens this weekend to kick o...
11/17/2019

Collaboration makes life so much sweeter.

Such a joy and pleasure to join forces with @hollywrens this weekend to kick off our first Poetry as Integrative Medicine workshop @kripalucenter and create the conditions to get stories out of the body and onto the page.

So grateful to this beautiful partnership, setting and to the courageous group of writers, poets, yogis and artists who shared their hearts, souls and work.

What a beautiful beginning....

@narrativehealing @poetryforge #poetry #writing #restorativeyoga #writetoheal #yoga #meditation
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Surround yourself with people who inspire you. ✨Meet Shelly Tygielski (@mindfulskatergirl), mind ninja, mindfulness teac...
10/14/2019

Surround yourself with people who inspire you. ✨

Meet Shelly Tygielski (@mindfulskatergirl), mind ninja, mindfulness teacher, self care activist, mother, wife, sister, author and former corporate executive.
I first met Shelly about six months ago through @sharonsalzberg her teacher, mentor, friend and collaborator and have had the honor of supporting her writing path. I had the opportunity to see Shelly and Sharon in action at @wisdom2conf yesterday taking about how to heal from pain and trauma. They discussed trauma-informed healing practices to communities affected by gun violence and mass shootings and a retreat they co-led for survivors and victims families representing Parkland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Aurora, Columbine and more. They spoke powerfully about the power of mindfulness tools to help us heal ourselves and know our own pain so we’re able to show up for others.
Shelly’s work and offerings are centered around one precept: no barrier to entry. She believed that mindfulness should be accessible and free to those who want to learn. Shelly is currently writing her first book about her journey to happiness, self worth, and self care that will offer practices to readers.

More than anything Shelly has that unique power to inspire the best in everyone around her and plant seeds of change and hope in the communities she touches. Beyond grateful to get to work with people who inspire me to grow, and show up on a greater way in this world. Excited for all to come.

Find out more. Shellytygielski.com or follow @mindfulskatergirl 💕💕

Excited to announce some offerings!Yoga for Writers (private sessions):Yoga and writing go hand in hand—each unlock the ...
10/02/2019

Excited to announce some offerings!

Yoga for Writers (private sessions):
Yoga and writing go hand in hand—each unlock the stories we carry. These sessions are customized for each client and are designed to (re)connect writers to their bodies to inspire creativity and well being. Please contact me directly if you’re interesting in learning more or booking a session.

Weekly Restorative Yoga classes:
Sunday, 6 pm @yogamayanewyork Thursday, 7:30 pm @thewell

Hope our paths cross soon!🙏🏽💕 #yoga #writers #meditation #narrativehealing #restorativeyoga 📷 @barrysutton

What you seek is seeking you - Rumi⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀What if the story you seek to tell was seeking to be told—by you? Imagine wh...
09/11/2019

What you seek is seeking you - Rumi
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What if the story you seek to tell was seeking to be told—by you? Imagine what it would feel like to let go of some of that goal-oriented effort. Imagine if the only effort needed was that of surrender—to allow the story to be received.

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This summer I was so grateful for the opportunity to expand, deepen, and explore my @NarrativeHealing offerings with many of you. It began with this Rumi quote, which fell on my lap when @yogamayanewyork (where I teach yoga classes in NYC) focused on featuring Sufi poets this summer. This particular quote lingered, and I found myself leaning into its wisdom in all the environments I teach.
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And those places themselves have underscored the ways stories have their own purpose and that they find voice in due course. These places ranged from @kripalucenter to @starislandcorp to a new Private Narrative Healing Retreat. While varied in setting, company, and content, what they all had in common was a sincere desire to find peace in the chaos and connection with the truth in our voice and our community at large. What emerged was a deeper integration between the stories our bodies hold and the stories yearning to be written and shared.
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I hope you’ll join me this fall for some new unique opportunities that play with the relationship between yoga, meditation, and writing to tap into a creative experience.

FEATURED RETREAT
Nov 15 - Nov 17 | @KripaluCenter
Join me and poet @hollywrens in the bucolic Berkshires to experience how a reading and writing practice can give shape to a life, even transform it. Explore gentle yoga and meditation practices alongside improvisational writing exercises as we generate our own language, whether in the form of a poem, letter, prayer, or personal manifesto.
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https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/poetry-integrative-medicine-narrative-healinghttps://www.lisaweinert.com/campaigns/view-campaign/FA9Viq90J1HFORky-KoY0jLDm7HbihVlxOHPWZE9FoBw0l12zjzzVbbRNMXOmv3KobXCWRMTz90C3BGQ-li_SZc2gRawxgat?fbclid=IwAR0Ss00YlRrOfuCdgdAVUdlyUvsTuZ9IURyETNNDPtoy8rH-s7X_c1e1lhk

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What's in your beach book bag? Whether you're reading to escape and unwind, to study and reflect, or to revisit a story ...
08/09/2019

What's in your beach book bag? Whether you're reading to escape and unwind, to study and reflect, or to revisit a story you love for the second (or tenth) time, nurture the relationship with other writers in your genre and outside it. The more voices in our heads and hearts, the more we feel supported on our path to launch. The more books you read, the more you can trust that your book, too, can find its way into someone's beach bag soon! #summerreads #beachreads #fridayvibes #amreading #literarycitizenship #buybooks #amwriting #narrativehealing @lisaweinert

Every act of creation helps put a new voice into the world, and it's important to remember the lineage of our work. All ...
08/07/2019

Every act of creation helps put a new voice into the world, and it's important to remember the lineage of our work. All of the stories you've read, the voices you've heard, and the ones you've silenced, the writers you admired and found friendship with in the pages of their books...they all come through in your writing. This literary community has great power to lift each other up, even when we feel like no one is listening. You are not alone in your craft. #narrativehealing #literarycitizenship #lineage #onlyconnect #writinggroups #writingcircle #community @lisaweinert

Summer is a time of rest and play, which can make it hard to get to the desk if the outdoors are beckoning. Instead of g...
08/01/2019

Summer is a time of rest and play, which can make it hard to get to the desk if the outdoors are beckoning. Instead of getting down on yourself, consider this: Writing doesn't *only* happen on the page. The sitting down and writing is arguably only a small percentage of the effort, the rest is creating the conditions you need to write. Writing happens when you're living your life. Letting yourself embrace adventure and exploration might be just what your story needs to get off the ground. #writingpractice #summerwriting #amwriting #narrativehealing @lisaweinert #permissiontoplay

When was the last time you stopped mid-sentence to take in the beauty of a sentence or line of poetry? Beautiful writing...
07/30/2019

When was the last time you stopped mid-sentence to take in the beauty of a sentence or line of poetry? Beautiful writing matters. It touches us deeply in our heart center, our spirit, and sparks something that inspires us to connect with the beauty within and without. You don't need a degree to write beautifully. All you need is an open heart, and open hands. #amwriting #narrativehealing #craft #readtolive #writersofIG #poetsofIG @lisaweinert

We loved talking to Jamia Wilson, storytelling maven and executive director and publisher of The Feminist Press, about h...
07/25/2019

We loved talking to Jamia Wilson, storytelling maven and executive director and publisher of The Feminist Press, about how to launch work into the world. In the fast-changing landscape of book publishing, it is more challenging than ever to know where to go or the best way forward in bringing your work into the world.
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Jamia joined Lisa to share stories from the front lines of publishing, and the two of them offered best tips and tactics for bringing your work to market. Lisa described her holistic approach to working with authors to shepherd them through the book creation and launch process; Jamia offered the publishing and business perspective. She also shared personal stories about the power of language and publishing to change lives and impact change—and how Gloria Steinem (!) changed her life. Jamia's message is simple and pervasive: lift up women as you climb your own ladder of success and activism. In their conversation, what came through the most was the importance of finding your voice and trusting in the power of story.
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Jamia shared this powerful prompt—try it! What would you write if you didn't have an editor, agent, spouse or friend telling you not to? Read more about Jamia's work in the world on her website, https://buff.ly/2JBlqjZ
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#narrativehealing #kripalu @kripalucenter @feministpress @jamiaawilson #writingretreat #pitchperfect #standinyourpower #younggiftedandblack #roadmapforrevolutionaries #liftasyouclimb

07/23/2019
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Wherever you fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum, you have your own habitual posture of listening. Maybe your shoulders hike up; maybe you hold your breath; maybe you lean in or lean back; maybe you listen with both ears or have your attention outside of the room or inside your own head. Creating an easeful posture in the body will allow you to listen more fully to those around you—and your own voice.
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Before you sit down to write, ground you feet on the floor, circle your torso around your hips to settle your pelvis into neutral, and take some gentle twists side to side. Your rib cage will open up to allow for more breath...and how are you supposed to speak without breath?
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#narrativehealing #postureoflistening #listeningpractice #writingpractice #writingroutine #writingasana #deskasana

Getting ready for a week at Star Island, where I'm blessed to teach mindful movement AND hang out with a Holly Wren Spau...
07/19/2019

Getting ready for a week at Star Island, where I'm blessed to teach mindful movement AND hang out with a Holly Wren Spaulding, who lives her yoga and her poetry in every fiber of her being. Taking time away from the bustle of the city, even though I'll be working, is such a gift; in the quiet mornings among fellow walkers on the pathy of inquiry, we find the greatest peace and insight. Where is your off-the-grid retreat (even if it's still in the grid!)?
Holly and I will be teaching together @KripaluCenter in the fall—check out details in my events!
#starisland #narrativehealing #retreat #practiceyourprocess #yogameditation #outdooryoga #yogateacher

We live in a world of functional, abbreviated language—the language of texts and deadlines and marketing. But in priorit...
07/18/2019

We live in a world of functional, abbreviated language—the language of texts and deadlines and marketing. But in prioritizing efficiency, we’re losing access to so much nuance and beauty that’s inherent in the written language. Holly Wren Spaulding, acclaimed poet and accomplished teacher, reminded us of the transformative power of poetry (and literature) at the Narrative Healing immersion at Kripalu.
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By retreating into the body’s response to our daily experiences, and allowing space and silence to call expression into being, we can all be poets of our lives. Raw material for this ancient craft is all around us—birdsong, the taste of warm bread on your tongue, the touch of a loved one, the feeling of the sun on your skin or a salty tear on your cheek. Language has the power to transform internal and external spaces, a power that invites us all to curate the world we live in with as much beauty, honesty, and truth as the vocabulary of our minds and bodies can express.
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Learn more about Holly’s online poetry course, Poetry Forge, and order her books at https://buff.ly/2LhilbT
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@kriplaucenter #writingretreat #poetry #poetsofIG #narrativehealing #practiceyourcraft #writetoheal @lisaweinert @hollywrens @poetryforge

Last nightin the fieldsI lay down in the darknessto think about death,but instead I fell asleep,as if in a vast and slop...
07/16/2019

Last night
in the fields
I lay down in the darkness
to think about death,
but instead I fell asleep,
as if in a vast and sloping room
filled with those white flowers
that open all summer,
sticky and untidy,
in the warm fields. [. . .]
Never in my life
had I felt myself so near
that porous line
where my own body was done with
and the roots and the stems and the flowers
began.
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#maryoliver @kripalucenter #flowerpoem #roottorise #dream #summerflowers @jenniferkurdyla #poetsofig #sundaypoem @lisaweinert

Our stories are big, powerful, beautiful and complicated...which can make it hard to focus your writing when working on ...
07/12/2019

Our stories are big, powerful, beautiful and complicated...which can make it hard to focus your writing when working on a specific project. Instead of trying to fit everything in, open a window into your story and let what appears in that space be the only things you include in the story. Before you start your next piece, take some time to write about your window itself. Describe it in detail. How big is your window? Does it slide open, or lift? What season are we in? What year? Who is looking out the window, what do they see? Include a set of sensory observations? Does it have a frame? Is there a curtain, a blind? What is the weather like? Be specific and watch how what rushes in to fill the view is just what you want to say, no more and no less. #narrativehealing #writingprompt #summerwriting #writingworkshop #framenarrative #storytelling @leedelegard @barrysutton Lisa Weinert

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