Jan 10, 2015 · by Laura Munson. January 10, 2015. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email. You never really know where life will lead you, but if …
Laura Munson has created a memorable and deeply relatable character in Willa Sylvester. You’ll want to give this book to your best friend the minute you finish reading it.”. – Ann Leary. New York Times bestselling author of “ The Good House”. “Willa’s Grove is the book my heart needed right now.
Aug 02, 2009 · by Laura Munson. ( 828 ) $9.99. You are invited to the rest of your life. Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads.
An Ode to Migration and the “Willa’s Grove” Paperback Book Tour. by Laura Munson Mar 2, 2021 Musings, The Writing Life. “Birds, especially migrating birds, are what we need to not just hope, but to understand movement and unity. When they pass over us, they are stitching us to another place on the globe.”. read more.Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins
May 07, 2010 · Laura Munson: How I kept my husband. A m a n d a M i t c h i s o n. When Laura Munson's husband told her that he didn't love her any more and wanted out, she simply decided she wouldn't let him go ...Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
Apr 01, 2020 · Laura Munson is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the novel Willa’s Grove and the memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is.She has been published in nine countries and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Elle, Redbook, Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and published in the New York Times ‘Modern Love’ Column, the New York Times …Estimated Reading Time: 40 secs
Jan 08, 2017 · Laura Munson is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of the critically acclaimed Haven Writing retreats. She lives in Montana with her family of three (and one!). My Happily Ever After: what I’ve learned from writing something that a lot of people read. by Laura Munson May 30, 2014 The Writing Life
I started to get easily angered when the smallest hardships would happen. And now I worry about their regularity and whether they got "there" safely. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The Communion wafer only worked in church. Now I help others dig deeper into their creative self-expression on the page. Perspective: Powerfully Choosing Our Emotions. I make time to write every day no matter what, and the time frame varies. At first I was ashamed of it. It's for precisely this reason that I started Haven Retreats , which were recently listed in the top five in the country! So, I was fetal with fear, trying to figure out how to get out of bed and have the courage for tea, never mind total reinvention worthy of a good bet. We are off script. Things haven't always been so professionally rosy. Join our mailing list to receive the latest blog, events, and updates from Laura. But then I woke up this morning and there was something in my gut that wanted to answer that question again Life is just life. A condo in Montana? I was incredibly calm. Poignant, wise, and often exceedingly funny, this is the moment-by- moment memoir of a woman who decided to let go-in the midst of the emotional equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. So what does that look like in daily life? So many of our labored-over plans have been derailed. Now I am one beaten-up Suburban away from bag lady with no buttons to push, and only an accelerator from which to hope for power. I talked for a while, trying to get at the truth of it and landed on: caring for others. I knew how to sit myself down and write no matter what was going on in my life, and always had. While the essay was written in hind-sight, the book shows a woman going through a deep time of rejection with a very different, and in some ways counter-intuitive, approach to well-being. I was mad at the world. I felt that it was his crisis, and my job was to focus on what I could control and let go of the rest, which included the outcome of my marriage. We want to know that to fight is not always the best way to win. I did not feel grateful at all. I'll present this as a questions: When was the last time you spent an entire day just sitting on a bench? Learn how to write from the comfort of your home. We are on to new chapters. So sitting there in my house one day, crying in fear and desperation, I asked myself: What can I create? I didn't have to play victim. She said, "No, you can't go, but I can give you a long lead" and eventually he said, "Oh, all right then. To her credit, her children remained more or less unaware of what was happening that summer though they can't be now. You are invited to the rest of your life. When a kid would cheat in class and get an A to my B especially when they cheated off of ME , I would fume in my diary, and fume in the school halls, and fume in general. And I lost much of my gratitude. The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. And that perhaps, just perhaps, I need to stop using the pandemic as an excuse to be a hermit. I go into this trance when I write. Here is the next Suddenly it was "Dad, I need you to sign this for school," and "Dad, where are my cleats? Jesus went to the desert. Turn the garage studio into a man-cave. September 8 pm - September 12 pm.
After almost a decade of doing this work, what was originally the Haven Writing Retreat has evolved into a variety of programs and a thriving community. It supports you where you need to be met, and can carry you through to publication if that is your goal. Haven attracts people from every demographic, gender orientation, and nationality, and at every level of their creative journey. It all begins with Haven I, which is a stand-alone program. After you become a Haven I alum, a world of possibility presents itself to you. I want to give something to you at no cost, because I want this to be available to all who need it. Bring your kids. Bring your partners. Bring your elders. Bring you! It took three days to finally come out of the trance of speaking heart language with one of my literary heroines and writer sisters, Terry Tempest Williams. I go into this trance when I write. I have never gone into it when I do speaking events. I have only partial memory of the words I spoke but it went past words for me. And I finally watched the video and saw, amid her elegant questions, true and pure joy in me…being seen by such an absolute woman. Having my book land in her heart when she had so much to do with healing my fiction years ago. It was one of the honors of my life. She is one of the most powerful voices of our time. Thank you, Terry. Thank you, Changing Hands bookstore. Support indie bookstores! Authors, support one another! Thank you to Changing Hands Bookstore for presenting this virtual authors event. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what? They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Already have the book? Download the book club questions here. In the language of community. And yet we so rarely speak it. It really is our mother tongue. Every reader will relate to this beautiful story in powerful and personal ways. Laura Munson has created a memorable and deeply relatable character in Willa Sylvester. When I finished it, I held it to my chest and took a long, deep breath. An absolute must-read. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Around here, people are going out in public and gathering in large groups again. Re-entry is an intense experience after the last year and a half of Now booking Haven Writing Retreats this fall!! There's still room So you want to be a writer. Your writing journey all starts with Haven I Writing Retreat. Learn how to write from the comfort of your home. Offered twice a year. A Thriving Community of Writers After almost a decade of doing this work, what was originally the Haven Writing Retreat has evolved into a variety of programs and a thriving community. Join Me For Writing Prompts! In Discussion with Terry Tempest Williams. Buy "Willa's Grove" in Paperback. So Now What? Haven I. Haven II. Haven III. There are a variety of writing programs. Find out which is for you.
I have always been stubborn and when I lack the practical common sense behind my convictions, there is a question that I ask and it has guided me well since I was a little girl: What can I create? Can a heart really break? Like an old bear, he retreated into the forest. This guy is getting the satellite upgraded. She said, "Go trekking in Nepal. Even at our kitchen sink. I want to give something to you at no cost, because I want this to be available to all who need it. The Love message. You need to talk. So this is new: going out socially as a single entity. I want us to sleep in and maybe take a walk into town later to see what the local shops have for sale. We are looking for hope. I have no idea where I came up with that — probably a soap opera from the 80s. And beautiful too. Stuck in the pandemic. You don't have to suffer, even under fierce rejection. With the recent inundation of intimate, bleeding emails these last few days, for the most part about a painful marriage…thanking me for my essay on The Week , which indeed provided relief for people, and perhaps a new way of looking at life…I am moved to investigate this phenomena of the collective We. Today, five years later, the essay is having a resurgence all over the internet and in The Week magazine where thousands of people have made comments, and over , people have shared it. I could feel myself resisting it. With a doctorate in Buddhist Studies, she spent five years in Asia studying Tibetan Buddhist practices for developing self-awareness, focus and resilience. And it may be some of the most important work of your life. Time to re-boot your whole orientation of family. A solid family. I travelled around, studied other religions and spiritual texts, asked a lot of questions, and started writing books as a way to sort things through. Alternatively, you can pick up the meat cleaver and, when the car skids off down the driveway, cut the crotch out of all his suits. Taking Your Message on the Road. Subscribe to My Newsletter Be the first to learn about new writing workshops, retreats, online opportunities, and new blog posts. Laura Munson has created a memorable and deeply relatable character in Willa Sylvester. I know how to deal with that. So many of them are repaired to an assisted living home far away, making it virtually impossible to get back to the ranch. Munson replies, "Well, then he can't play victim. What can we do to give you the distance you need, without hurting the family? It's about taking care of yourself and stepping outside of emotional suffering to do so. I own what there is to own, set boundaries for myself, and mind my own business. And yet we so rarely speak it. People are used to playing emotional victim, and society re-enforces that. My knee jerk reaction is to think that it means ending, though my writer's mind quickly corrects it. And I can say that I know, without a doubt, that happiness is within. Haven attracts people from every demographic, gender orientation, and nationality, and at every level of their creative journey. One hour later. Maybe the definition of family is really a radical acceptance of self. Blog post. So as we enter , to all of us who are toiling to see brightness in our future, or a future at all…take heart. On the contrary: "It's all about letting go. Events Calendar. A long walk. My gut says, Go slowly, keep it gentle, tuck in with your little family-of-three. We want to know that we can powerfully choose our emotions. We are looking for empowering messages. And perhaps ends there too.
Not very long ago, I was told that I would lose my life as I was used to living it. Her face had the map of near-catastrophe to show for it. I had never been the bread winner. I was the hearth keeper and full-time mother. That was the agreement from the beginning and for twenty years, and I had put all of my security and dreams into the life we had created, the house, the land, the marriage, the co-parenting. So, I was fetal with fear, trying to figure out how to get out of bed and have the courage for tea, never mind total reinvention worthy of a good bet. According to statistics, my parting husband, the mediator, and most everyone I knew, I was going to have to down-size. How was this possible for a smart, savvy, well-educated, well-raised, feminist mother? I promise. In those grueling dark nights of the soul, I took heart. One year from now. How was this possible? What could make life better? I was told I had to start looking at condos in town. I would lose the land that held my little family and all our sledding parties, birthday parties, Christmas caroling and luminaria, a million walks with six dogs, raptors riding thermals over our heads as we picked splinters and told jokes, played cards by candlelight, coyotes echoing it all back to us in the night. A condo in Montana? I have always been stubborn and when I lack the practical common sense behind my convictions, there is a question that I ask and it has guided me well since I was a little girl: What can I create? So sitting there in my house one day, crying in fear and desperation, I asked myself: What can I create? This was never something I imagined for them, or for any of us. How can I make this work? What do I know how to do? The long and short of it was that I was in deep financial trouble with no immediate practical way out that I could see. And myself too. What did I know how to do that could be fairly and significantly monetized? But not find me selling out my dreams, my writing, my total dedication to my true purpose. What else was congruent with who I am? Open your heart, mind, arms…and jump! Trust in your wings! Well…I knew how to write. I knew how to sit myself down and write no matter what was going on in my life, and always had. I could be transparent, vulnerable, heart-in-the-hand honest and loving. I was natural at leadership and well-seasoned in the dynamics of intimate groups and how to keep them safe and healthy. I could create and hold the space for people to find their way to these life-lines which had been my guide for years. And as if in Shakespearean choir…a few other friends with crystal balls had whispered Writing Retreat in my ear for months. In two hours, twenty-four people signed up, and Haven Writing Retreats was born. And I can say that it is absolutely possible that you can take exactly who you are and turn it into a business, a career, and even financial stability. It may be right under your nose. And it may be some of the most important work of your life. But do know what your passions are and live them with all your might. Passions are mine-able. Anyone can be an alchemist, if they have something powerful to work with. And the most powerful matter I know…is the truth of who you are, the special way you have of showing up in the world, where you find the ease of true power and purpose, and give yourself permission to live it, use it, be it. So as we enter , to all of us who are toiling to see brightness in our future, or a future at all…take heart. I would have seen a mother and her children in Paris, eating macarons in a beautiful boutique hotel, old and new friends feasting over long dinners of delectable food, laughter and love, toasting and fond reminiscing. I would have seen a mother and her young adult children— a trio so powerfully woven as they walked the medieval streets of Bruges, Belgium holding hot chocolate and Gluhwein, basking in the Dutch countryside, caves and chateaux where earls and knights once lived, writing wishes for each other on slips of paper for We are happy. And I kept our house…and am deeply into three books, hopefully coming to your bookshelf sooner than later…. And now…it has the kind of support and integrity that I always wanted it to have. My deep gratitude goes out to the whole team who gave their hearts and elegant minds and voices to my essay.