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The Gift of Presence

an interactive workshop to practice the power of taking a pause

Dec 2 / 7:00-8:30 PM

@ Unity Minneapolis

4000 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422

The holidays are when we become especially busy. Let’s take a moment to be present in mind-body-spirit. We will experience mindfulness practices, hear selections of prose and poetry from The Power of the Pause, and reflect on the way meditation can help us calm and center so we can be more fully present for ourselves, our loved ones, our community, and our world. 

Wendy Brown-Báez will read an excerpt from her essay “Lifelines” on the meditation practice she relies on when things are difficult, messy, and in the midst of change, included in the anthology The Power of the Pause: The Wonder of Our Here & Now, from Wising Up Press. The fifty-two talented writers in this collection explore the hidden gifts of pause, voluntary and involuntary, and how it may help us recalibrate, restore, find new and richer ways of being with ourselves and others. 

Bring a notebook and a yearning to take a moment for yourself. Books will be available for purchase.

Registration Required

Cost: $20

Register here


FREE virtual writing workshops for survivors of interpersonal violence (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, trafficking, stalking). Your story matters. You don't have to see yourself as a writer, just be willing to use your voice. Writing sessions are led by experienced writing instructors Elena Anderson Eggers and Wendy Brown-Baez. We begin each session with a brief mindfulness practice to center and end with techniques to help process whatever came up in writing. We do not ask that participants write about their trauma; we write for creative expression and connection. We use prompts to tap into our inner voice and strengthen our resiliency.

All are welcome. Accommodations for accessibility on request. 

You must register to get the Zoom link.

We will resume workshops during March  at 6:30 pm CST

Questions:  [email protected] 

or call (612) 234-7015 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.