Creative Living with Jamie: Natalie Goldberg

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Natalie Goldberg on Creative Living with Jamie

This Week on Creative Living with Jamie:

Natalie Goldberg, poet, painter & teacher

Natalie Goldberg is a poet, painter, teacher, and the author of twelve books, including her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies) and Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. She has been teaching seminars for thirty-five years to people from around the world and lives in New Mexico.

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  1. Pamela says:

    Hi Jamie and Natalie! Hello from Minnesota!
    Wow, oh wow! So much deep goodness to inspire us here! I kept pausing the tape to take it all in.
    I have read all of your books, but hearing your voice brings the message to me in a different way. I was at one of your workshops at the Marsh in Minnetonka, many years ago. You started me on my writing journey and I am practicing to this day. Writing is my glass of water. I am extremely grateful for having you as a teacher in my life.
    Lots of lines resonated with me, but this one in particular – “If everyone was writing, we would be great citizens.” And I loved the humor of your last words, “Shut up and write.” Exactly. I will. I do.
    Thank you for sharing this wisdom with us. I will listen to your voices again and again. I am already reflecting on your words and taking them straight to heart.
    You are amazing lights in this world*~*~*~*~*~*~*

  2. Dara says:

    Teaching to learn..a beautiful motto that I enjoy adhering to. I used to think it was ‘cheating’! LOL After years of teaching and learning, I realize it is a way that I have chosen to enrich my lifeā€¦thank you for this lovely interview Jamie, I ordered Nathalie’s book.

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  4. Vicky says:

    I dove into Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind in the early 90s. I often considered going to one of Natalie’s long retreat in N.M. but was always intimidated, however, I was lucky enough to attend a one day workshop with her locally.
    Your question and her answer about what is she still learning was the best! For me, it is the greatest reminder that we never get there! A new teacher of mine recently said to me “In my life, everything is practice”. That was the best medicine for me; a person who has tended to want to get to the destination before I’ve started the journey.
    Thanks for these podcasts, Jamie. They are invaluable.

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