Diana Raab, PhD - Events

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Workshop Topics

NOTE:  Upon request Diana will customize her workshops to meet the individual needs of your group or organization.


Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life

Writing for bliss is about being mindful of the messages of your heart, and tapping into your authentic voice. In this workshop, you’ll experiment with different forms of writing—journaling, memoir, and poetry. [show_more more=”More” less=”Less”] In the process, you’ll be guided down a path of self-discovery that cultivates your path to bliss. Appropriate for emerging and advanced writers, this workshop will inspire you to express yourself through the written word in a profound and meaningful way. [/show_more]

Personal Writing for Well-Being and Empowerment

Transformation can result in a dramatic change to your physical or psychological well-being. Telling your story can help in the process. Everyone has a story that needs to be told—whether it’s the result of a life-changing event or a transcendental experience.Usage:

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This workshop will help you access your story, and will provide you with a wealth of ideas and methods on how to tell it. You will be nurtured through the writing process via meditation, mindfulness, and other techniques to help access the writer within, resulting in a new sense of empowerment and an overall sense of well-being.

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Writing as a Spiritual Practice: A Path to an Enlightened Perspective 

Spirituality is the search for truth. Writing as a spiritual practice can connect you to a state of authenticity—and ultimately your reason for being. This knowing can lead to a sense of joy and peace, personally and professionally. This workshop will give you an enlightened perspective on the spiritual power of the written word. You will be invited to create a sacred space, cultivate your imagination, share your stories, and experience the power of writing to heal and grow.

Writing and Lust: Bringing Your Inner Passion to the Page

Lust is one of the most natural human feelings, expressing itself as a sense of wonder that feeds the soul, as a physical craving for another person, or as a desire to pursue creative endeavors.  It can be experienced as two bodies speaking lovingly to one another, or as a solo journey into the world of imagination. Through discussion and writing prompts, you will embark on a fun and illuminating journey that will leave you breathless for more. All participants will receive a free, autographed copy of Diana’s latest poetry collection, Lust.

The Writing Labyrinth: Managing the Twists and Turns of Creative Writing

A labyrinth is a wonderful metaphor for life through which we follow a path inward, then make our way to the other side, using a circular, repeating pattern. Inside the labyrinth, there are times when you might feel lost, and other times when your path flows more freely. But no matter which journey you take, it will be one of self-discovery.This workshop will explore what happens when your path during the writing process takes you in a completely unexpected direction. You will gain an understanding of the nonlinear process of creativity, and how it beats to its own drum and occurs in its own time.

The Writer’s Notebook—
A Springboard for Effectively
Using a Journal

Keeping a notebook is an important part of a writer’s toolkit. It is a place to work out creative ideas, practice writing styles, and tap into your inner muse. Your notebook’s contents may serve as a springboard for poems, stories, essays, and full-length books.Through discussion and writing prompts, this inspiring workshop will show you how to effectively use a journal. It will also offer ideas on how to transform notebook entries into publishable and compelling work. This program is open to both emerging and published writers.

Writing a Riveting Memoir:
A Roadmap for Crafting a Compelling Story

This workshop will offer you tips on how to write a compelling memoir, focusing on the elements that hold a reader’s interest. It will help you understand what compels someone to pick up your book instead of someone else’s—and inspire you to just get down to it and write. The program will include lectures, discussions, and writing prompts; and is open to those who have been contemplating writing a memoir, as well as writers who have already begun doing so.

Finding Your Voice and Discovering Your Story

You might feel as if you’re at a place in your life when you want to begin writing—whether it is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction—but you aren’t clear about how to embark on that process. This workshop will help you navigate where and how to begin.Tips will also be provided on how you can tap into your inner voice and nurture the dormant writer inside of you through self-expression, discussion, and writing prompts.

WORKSHOPS

2019

October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Reimagine End of Life”
Keynote Speaker / Workshop Leader
Northstar Memorial Group
Skylawn Funeral Home
San Mateo, CA

October 5-6, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Memoir Writing: A Two-Day Workshop”
Private residence
Santa Barbara, CA

September 15, 2019
1:00 p.m.. – 4:00 p.m.
“Navigating Grief: A Journaling and Meditation Workshop”
Private residence
Santa Barbara, CA
To register: click here

August 3-4, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Memoir Writing: A Two-Day Workshop”
Private residence
Santa Barbara, CA

July 18, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
“Sip. Write. Create.”
Margerum Tasting Room
Santa Barbara, CA

June 17, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
“Journaling for Bliss Under the Full Moon”
Ojai Valley Inn, Artist Cottage
Ojai, CA

June 16-21, 2019
“Writing a Compelling Memoir”
Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Santa Barbara, CA

June 8, 2019
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“Transform Yourself: Writing to Heal”
Yoga Soup
Santa Barbara, CA

March 3-4, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Memoir Writing: A Two-Day Workshop”
Private residence
Santa Barbara, CA

2018

January 6, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Mystic Journey Bookstore
Venice, CA

February  3, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Writing for Healing”
Yoga Soup
Santa Barbara, CA

February 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA

February 23-25, 2018
“Writing for Bliss”
1440 Multiversity
Scotts Valley, CA

March 25, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss: The Sacred Journey to Telling Your Story”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

June 17-22, 2018
“Memoir Writing”
Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Santa Barbara, CA

June 30, 2018
“Writing for Bliss: Finding Joy Through Personal Writing”
Open Center
New York, NY

July 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“The Art of Memoir Writing”
Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

August 4, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Transforming Through Adversity: A journaling and meditation workshop”
with Radhule Weininger, PhD
Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA

August 11, 2018
“Writing for Bliss”
Santa Barbara Public Library
Santa Barbara, CA

October 6-7, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Writer’s Notebook”
Hugo House
Seattle, WA

October 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Transforming Through Adversity: A journaling and meditation workshop”
With Radhule Weininger, PhD
Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA

2017

November 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Write. Sip. Create.”
Margerum Wine Company
Santa Barbara, CA

November 4 & 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Writer’s Notebook”
Hugo House
Seattle, WA

December 9, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Yoga Soup
Santa Barbara, CA

2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016
“Writing for Transformation: Part I: Journaling”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

Saturday, October 1, 2016
“Writing for Transformation: Part II: Memoir Writing”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

2015

Sunday, December 5, 2015
“Mindful Writing: Navigating Through the Holidays”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

July 15, 2015
“Just Write: Looking Back Moving Forward, Writing for Transformation”
Ojai, CA

April 14, 2015
“Writing for Transformation
Practice: Body Mind and Soul”
Roslyn, NY

April 11, 2015
“Writing with Lust: Personal Writing for Transformation and Empowerment”
Open Center
New York, NY

April 8, 2015
“Writer’s Cafe Panel: Writing from Life”
The University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

March 7, 14, and 21, 2015
“Writing for Transformation: Part I : Journaling”
“Writing for Transformation: Part II : Memoir Basics”
“Writing for Transformation : Part III : What’s Your Story?”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

February 21, 2015
“Writing for Transformation: Looking Back Moving Forward”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

2014


November 20, 2014

“Writing for Healing and Transformation”
ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training) – Keynote Speaker
Camarillo, CA

READINGS & SIGNINGS

2019

May 4, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing Into Bliss for Mother’s Day”
Lily of Montecito
Santa Barbara, CA

February 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal”
Signing and Discussion
Ikat and Pearls Home Decor
Ventura, CA

January 10, 2019
7:00 p.m.
“NEW: Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal”
Signing & Discussion
Chaucer’s Books
Santa Barbara, CA

2018

January 27, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Barnes & Noble
Thousand Oaks, CA

February 2, 2018
6:00-8:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
(Reading and Celebration)
Ikat and Pearls Home Decor
Ventura, CA

2017

November 3, 2017
7:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Seattle, WA

September 30, 2017
“Writing for Bliss”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

September 23, 2017
“Writing for Bliss”
Mystic Journey Bookstore
Venice, CA

September 16, 2017
Book Launch Celebration
“Writing for Bliss”
Tecolote Book Shop
Montecito, CA

May 20, 2017
“Erotic Poetry Reading: A Separate Personal Paradise”
Museum of Ventura County
Ventura, CA

April 4, 2017
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry &
the Liquid Muse” (poetry reading)
The Good Lion
Santa Barbara, CA

February 19, 2017
“Beyond Words: Resist & Beauty”
(poetry reading)
Beyond Baroque
Santa Monica, CA

2016

April 6, 2016
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry & the Liquid Muse”
(poetry reading)
Santa Barbara, CA

2015

August 8, 2015
“Water & Stone”
Ventura, CA

June 11, 2015
“Beyond Santa Barbara”
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, CA

May 10, 2015
Library Girl
“Treat Your Mother Right”
Ruskin Theater
Santa Monica, CA

April 17, 2015
“Poetry of Transformation”
The Tamsen Gallery
Santa Barbara, CA

April 1, 2015 
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry & the Liquid Muse”
(poetry reading)
Santa Barbara, CA

March 28, 2015
“Touch Me: Erotic Poetry Reading”
The Bells Arts Factory
Ventura, CA

February 10, 2015
“Love, Longing and Lust: A Poetry Reading”
(joined by poets Perie Longo, Marsha de la O, Friday Gretchen Lubina and Jina Carvahlo)
Antioch University Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

2014

November 13, 2014
“An Evening of Poetry and Art”
The Tamsen Gallery
Santa Barbara, CA

September 23, 2014
Poetry reading from LUST
Cobalt Cafe
Canoga Park, CA

September 14, 2014
“Dance Me to the End of Love:
A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Poetry:
In words and music”
Ruskin Theater (Library Girl)
Santa Monica, CA

September 11, 2014
Poetry reading from LUST
Ventura Poetry Series
E.P. Foster Library
Ventura, CA

PRESENTATIONS

2019

November 15, 2019
12:00 p.m.
“Write On: Journaling to Heal”
Learn at Lunch
Hospice of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

September 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Healing with Poetry”
San Marcos High
Sixer120
Keynote Speaker
Santa Barbara, CA

February 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
“Writing a Compelling Memoir”
Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC/SPAWN)
Thousand Oaks, CA

January 5, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Writing a Compelling Memoir”
Coastal Dunes California Writing Club
Nipomo, CA

2018

November 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Discussion
Casa Dumetz Tasting Room
Los Alamos, CA

2017

November 17, 2017
10:15 a.m.
“Memoir Writing for Healing
and Transformation”
In honor of Sena Jeter Naslund’s (founder of MFA in Writing Program) retirement
Spalding University
Louisville, KY

2016

ΩTHE ALLURE OF ANAIS NIN:
5 Artists Honoring Her Inspiration

Full Event: Click Here.                          Diana’s segment: Click Here.

Friday, January 29, 2016. Antioch University Santa Barbara.

A unique event where individuals speak about how this celebrated writer and diarist inspired them, either as a friend or through her writings. In addition to her published journals spanning 60 years, Nin wrote novels, essays, critical studies and erotica. She was deeply interested in psychology and was a frequent lecturer at many universities. Her original diaries are stored in the UCLA Library. In 1976 she was awarded the Los Angeles Woman of the Year Award. Nin died at the age of 74 in 1977.

Speakers: Judith Citrin, Perie Longo, Diana Raab, Tristine Rainer, Steven Reigns

EUROTAS CONFERENCE, MILAN, ITALY
June 23, 2015. “Narrative Approaches to Transpersonal Research.” Eurotas Conference. First Transpersonal Research Colloquium. Milan, Italy. Panel on Narrative Research.

June 19, 2015. “Creative Transcendence: Writing for Transformation and Empowerment.” Feeding The Soul. Eurotas Conference. (European Association of Transpersonal Psychologists). Combined presentation and workshop.[/read]

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