Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom

New Waitlist only for Mondays and Tuesdays

10 Weeks in Autumn 2021
Every Tuesday morning for 10 sessions, Starting September 28 FULL
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 noon
Place: Online – Zoom

Every Monday afternoon for 10 sessions, Starting September 20 – FULL
(no meeting October 11, Cdn. Thanksgiving)
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Online – Zoom

Seven years ago I (Sue) went to Salt Spring Island in BC and did a poetry and Zen retreat with Peter Levitt. I had been reading his book Fingerpainting on the Moon before I left for the retreat, which I bought second-hand because it was already out of print at that point. Peter and I talked at that time about the possibility of re-publishing this book of his on Writing and Creativity (think The Artist’s Way with a strong dash of poetry and Zen added).

Over the pandemic Peter and I have been working together to make this happen, and I’m delighted to announce that Piquant Press has just released the second edition of Peter Levitt’s Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom.

As I was laying the interior of the book out, I was also reading it again and I found myself really wanting to engage with these exercises in a deep way. But I know myself—I will begin with the best of intentions, and then will fall off the wagon and abandon my own creative delight as my work schedule gets intense.

If the pandemic has taught me anything about my own creative practice, it’s how being accountable to others will make me accountable to myself. So in that spirit, I’m going to be leading a 10-week workshop this fall based on Fingerpainting on the Moon with Peter’s blessing. He’s even offered to come to a workshop near the end of the course and address the questions we’ve encountered as we’ve done the work.

Workshop will be limited to 10 people.


Creativity of any kind requires risk—the risk of being a beginner, letting go of control, or revealing intimate or even unknown parts of ourselves. It can also be a source of tremendous joy: the joy of giving voice to our deepest needs and imaginings. Taking a gentle and freeing approach to creativity, this book shows us the essentially spiritual nature of creative acts and helps us open our hearts and minds so we can express ourselves with courage, innate wisdom, and authenticity.No special conditions are required to create. We need not wait for inspiration to strike, or worry that it has abandoned us. Developed over decades of work with writers and other artists, the exercises, stories, meditations, and other tools in this book will:

• Connect us with our inherent and inexhaustible creative and spiritual source
• Quiet the inhibitions and doubts that derail our intentions to create
• Build and nurture trust, intuition, spontaneity, clarity, and confidence
• Rekindle our spirit of play to energize our creative efforts

Synthesizing centuries of global wisdom from traditions that include Zen Buddhism, mystical Judaism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American beliefs, and offering insights from such masters as Paul Klee, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Ginsberg, and Pablo Neruda, this book will nurture and sustain the artist in each of us, freeing us to generate work that is genuine, vital, and compelling.

Interview with Peter Levitt about his book on Writing and Creativity at this link.

Author, poet and translator, Peter Levitt, lives with his family on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, where he is the founder and guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle.
In 1989 he received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award in Poetry. He has led workshops in writing, creativity and spirituality in Canada, the United States, and abroad for more than forty years.



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