Festival party a big hit!

Hosts, presenters, organizers and Festival friends met at the Y-Bar in Pittsfield to mingle and raise a toast to the close of an extraordinarily successful 2013 Festival season. Approximately 2,000 people attended the 56 Festival events held throughout the county...

Festival Day 28: What’s Your Story?

  The final session in the four-part Festival series at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health featured author and writing teacher Lara Tupper.  Festival rep Lorrin Krouss spoke glowingly of her experience: “Lara Tupper is a teacher with the ability to bring...

Festival Day 21: Nancy Slonim Aronie and Laura Didyk

Nancy Slonim Aronie gave an inspired presentation to about 80 people at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as the third of their series of Festival offerings.  She talked about the necessity for writers to tell stories from their hearts and their guts, not trying to...

Festival Day 14: Writing the Wild Heart

For hundreds of generations, our ancestors’ primary relationship was with the earth. They felt themselves part of an intricate community of life. Today, most of us live in towns, cities, and suburban neighborhoods. We may no longer live in the wilderness, but it still...
Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

One thing I learned from Julia Cameron’s Festival presentation at Kripalu on March 7 is that she was once married to the director Martin Scorsese, and helped him write the screenplay for TAXI DRIVER! Cameron shared the outlines of her early life, showing over and over...
Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Lynnette Lucy Najimy and Marie-Elizabeth Mali explored the ways in which photography and writing could intertwine. Marie-Elizabeth shared her gorgeous underwater photographs and film clips from recent scuba trips in Indonesia, and read powerful, poignant and often...