Ongoing Workshops

Register for Summer Slowdown Sessions!

On Creativity and Slowing Down

For close to seven years, a small group of us have been meeting
every Thursday evening, taking the time to read and write and come
to center. We started in person, in Northampton, MA, and have
continued via Zoom.

Each session begins with a brief meditation, followed by a reading
(Jane Hirshfield, Denise Levertov, Ocean Vuong,…) and a shared
discussion. There’s a short break, after which everyone writes for
25-30 minutes, at times inspired by the earlier reading, at times on
topics of our own choosing. How did that go? For the last fifteen
minutes we listen to what each other has to say.

Sliding Scale of $35-$45 per session
August 8th, 15th, 22nd, ongoing . . .
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
You can come for as many sessions as you like.
Just contact Christian at


Christian reading at the Smith College Poetry Center, 2015

Christian reading at the Smith College Poetry Center, 2015

“Christian McEwen is fantastic. She should be a full-time Williams professor. Her deep knowledge and breadth of intellectual engagement made class fascinating and delightful. Furthermore, she inspired me to go above and beyond the excellent assignments.”

“Thank you so much for a wonderful winter study. I really, really enjoyed the class, both the slowing down and reconnecting with writing. Drawing and learning a bit more about nature were nice bonuses too. I hope I can continue what I’ve begun in your class, and I just wanted to tell you how appreciative I am of everything you’ve shared with me.”

Winter Studies students at Williams College, MA


“Thank you so much for once again sharing your teachings with us, and making writing feel accessible, within reach, and non-scary. Your warmth and presence here are so deeply felt.”

– Ikusei at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, Upstate NY


Time to Slow Down

To read Christian’s recommendations for 5 books to read to help you slow down and listen, follow this link.

Christian's 5 Books

Christian’s 5 recommended books


Christian is scheduled to teach a workshop on Money & Mindfulness on Saturday, 6th June, at the Zen Center of NYC, Fire Lotus Temple, 500 State Street, Brooklyn 112417. However, it is not yet clear if this will go forward as planned. Please contact Zen Mountain Monastery at for updated information.

“If money talks, it is with our voice.” – Lynne Twist

Traditional Buddhism says we should give “courteously, happily, quickly and without regret.” But this is not always so easy. Money remains one of the trickiest of subjects to address, even among longtime practitioners. Join us as we explore our personal money stories through reading, writing and discussion combined with guided meditation. Our primary focus will be on generosity, but we expect to include more shadowy emotions too (fear, anxiety, envy, etc.), while remembering that true wealth comes in many forms, not least our own capacity for happiness.

Christian McEwen is the author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its seventh printing. Her most recent book is Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money.



April 14th, May 5th, June 2nd.

Feel free to come to one or more of the remaining sessions…


March 31st, 2019