Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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"Every woman is a mother, a daughter, or both," says Tzivia Gover, workshop leader and author of Mindful Moments for Stressful Days. "Whether or not we have children of our own, we each play the role of nurturer, teacher, and protector in some way. Likewise, whether our mothers are in our lives today or not, each of us has a yearning to receive unconditional love and wise guidance. Mother/daughter relationships are potentially our richest source of love and nourishment. They can also be complicated and confusing.

Mindful Moments for Mothers and Daughters is a workshop led by Gover in which participants can explore their roles and relationships as mothers and daughters in a safe and welcoming environment. The workshop will be held on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-11 at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.

Participants will use the practice of mindfulness to find clarity, peace, and a spirit of joyful relaxation to guide us in this process of discovery and deeper connection. Through a series of discussions, simple art and writing activities, guided meditations, and values clarification exercises, participants will:

Identify strengths and challenges in their mother/daughter roles and relationships

Bring a spirit of mindful intention to the process of growth and healing in their lives as mothers and daughters

Discover the common and complementary values they bring to those relationships.

Connect with feelings of gratitude, joy, and love toward themselves as well as their mothers and/or daughters.

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs, and in small groups.

Mindful Moments for Mothers and Daughters is appropriate for all women who want to deepen their understanding of themselves as mothers and/or daughters, whether attending individually or with their mother and/or adult daughter.

Mother's Day Weekend, May 9-11, 2008
at ESALEN, Big Sur, California

visit: or for more information and to register. Or contact Esalen Institute at 831-667-3005.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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