East West Bookshop: Meet the Author & Workshop

Wednesday, November 2
The Art of Play: Ignite your Imagination for Insight, Healing, and Joy
7:30pm • Free, but call to reserve a seat
As we get busier, it gets harder and harder to make time for ourselves. Joan Stanford talks about simple and useful tools you can use to carve out time for yourself, learn to play again, and inspire imagination in ways that bolster health, happiness, and creativity. These ideas can be implemented into and helpful with your work and home life. Joan will discuss tips and techniques, and will answer questions. See workshop, Nov 3

To reserve tickets, please call 650-988-9800

Thursday, November 3
Artful Play to Enrich your Life Workshop
7-9pm • $20 thru Nov 2, $25 day of
Everyone is busy nowadays. This workshop helps artists and non-artists alike carve out time to pay attention to the imagery in our daily lives that can expand our awareness and joy. Making time in this way helps with health and healing, as well as refreshing our minds and bodies to face our lives anew. Joan Stanford is a board-certified art therapist and full-time innkeeper who has been facilitating creativity groups for over twenty years, encouraging people of all ages, especially non-artists, to expand their awareness through playing with art materials. Attendance limited to 15. See lecture, Nov 2

To reserve tickets, please call 650-988-9800, or buy online: http://www.eastwest.com/events_2016_november

Down Time

My cousin has a plaque in the veranda of his cottage at the lake:

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And I have the words from some ad on my fridge in my cottage:

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I am in my happy place-my family’s summer spot on Lake Winnipeg. I am in the sun filled veranda watching the sunlight twinkling on this inland sea. The wind rustles the leaves, birds chatter and I am still. I am a receiver, open to what comes to me without any effort on my part.

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Rare Bird Radio: Joan Stanford in conversation with Nadia Natali

A wonderful interview on Rare Bird Radio: Joan Stanford, owner of the Stanford Inn in Mendocino, CA and author of The Art of Play talks healing, wellness, mindfulness, and escaping the East Coast with Nadia Natali, author of Stairway to Paradise: Growing Up Gershwin.

Listen in: Joan Stanford in conversation with Nadia Natali

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Judith Hannan in conversation with Joan Stanford

Carol Miller in conversation with Joan Stanford.

Maple Wings and Then there’s No

Wanted to include some words about my “no” voice since I have been waxing on about saying “yes!” as though it is easy. I, like I am sure many of you, hear from this voice a lot. I have a section in my book about this “naysayer,” my inner saboteur. I share a dialogue where I confront the voice and try to get him to shut up.

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Using Art as a Tool for Healing by Zoe Yudice

Joan Stanford featured in Zoe Yudice’s article for The Mendocino Beacon

Using Art as a tool for healing:

Owner of the Stanford Inn and long-time art therapist, Joan Stanford, has recently published a book, ‘The Art of Play: Ignite Your Imagination to Unlock Insight, Healing, and Joy,’ which details the healing powers of art therapy and her journey of discovering its benefits in her own life.
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First Steps

Here it is! The book in my hands at last after an incredible journey! What generosity I met when writing to people for permissions or endorsements back at the beginning. It was not easy to send out a preliminary copy to respected writers that I had only met through their books. I had to trust that they would be honest and if their reviews were non-supportive that I could continue and not be shattered. Happily the first person I heard from, Jan Phillips, gave a wonderful blurb. Buoyed by this, the task became easier for me. We all need that confirmation when we step out of our small world. Especially for those first steps.

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The Original Tweet or More On Yes

I doodled this while listening to an online recording on creativity (and the birds tweeting outside.) She discussed managing our energy vs. time management. If I recall now, I believe she was encouraging us to say “yes” to our dreams and to recognize and accept that that may mean saying “no” to something else. She pointed out that not only is time in a day limited but our energy is also. When we are constantly doing we are depleting our reserves.

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