Lahpet Thoke Writing
Please join us for Lahpet Thoke BIPOC Writing Circles.
WHY LAHPET THOKE?
Lahpet thoke refers to Burmese pickled tea leaf salad, which blends spicy, sweet, bitter, sour, crunchy, and chewy ingredients, all mixed together by hand.
I chose this name because this writing practice generates endless combinations depending upon the participants and the poems, and every creation is unique.
Tell Me More About The Classes
The method is simple yet profound. First I read you a poem, then I offer you a few jump-off lines. We write for 15 minutes by hand, writing as quickly and poorly as possible to outrun the critical voice, and engage our creative unconscious. Then we share what we have generated, without any qualifiers or commentary. Just revealing, listening, and bearing witness to our humanity. Then we do it all over again, three times total.
These 1.5-hour, 8-week sessions meet either in-person or via Zoom. All you need is a pen, paper, and a quiet space. Each class is limited to 6 participants.
I invite you to join me in exploring Lahpet Thoke BIPOC Writing Circles. To sign up or set up a time to learn more, click the button below.
How Is This Different From Other Writing Classes?
The magic of this process is that it sends you into the crevices of your mind and heart. It lets you turn over the rock and see what is below the surface, unfiltered. The psyche is never arbitrary, although it can communicate symbolically. When we share our writing aloud, we do so with others who have also chosen vulnerability in BIPOC community.
This practice has been grounding and healing for me, especially during these recent whirlwind years we are all experiencing, and I want to share this offering with you. You don’t have to be a writer to participate, just a human with a desire to investigate your life through freewriting.
This writing practice is not a writing workshop with lessons about technique, grammar, craft, or form. There is no critique or feedback. You don’t need any prior writing experience, although for writers this practice can be a generative space. The point is to write quickly and freely, and to remain open to whatever arises, without judgment.
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Why BIPOC Communities?
Creating this safe space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities to explore, dredge, grieve, celebrate, and acknowledge, adds a deeper level of tenderness to this practice.
As a participant in Laurie Wagner’s Wild Writing, I witnessed the transformative power of freewriting and deep listening in intimate groups. After a few years, I ached to share this method in a BIPOC space—to combine the healing of this cathartic, creative writing, with the varied but oftentimes unspoken experiences of being a person of color. I decided to become a certified practitioner to offer this method in a loving and confidential BIPOC setting.
I set the table, and together we make the tea salad.
If this sounds compelling to you, please click the button below to set up a time to chat.
8-Week Sessions run from January through March 2024
- Wednesdays, IN-PERSON/ZOOM, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific Time. January 10 through March 6. [CLOSED]
- Thursdays, ZOOM, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Pacific Time. February 1 through March 8. [Join us!]
- NEW SESSIONS begin January-February 2024
Registration is limited to 6 participants per class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
$360 ($45 per class) for eight classes. Please contact me for information about scholarships and payment plans. Bring a friend and each of you will receive 20 percent off of your first 8-week session! To join us, please email Thet at email@example.com
Her classes are a place of rich intuition and self-understanding.
Thet guides a beautiful class from a place of compassion, presence, and intellect.
She has a warmth that is born of curiosity and a lifetime of many experiences. Her classes are a place of rich intuition and self-understanding. I recommend exploring this life-enriching practice with Thet.
As a daughter of immigrant parents from Burma with her own complicated family history, she is uniquely suited to serve as a creative guide for others exploring their personal journeys.
I’ve been writing and keeping journals all of my life. And I’m a published author, but working with Thet is a true exercise in helping me find my true voice as in my True North. She’s extremely skilled in creating a comfort level beyond what a psychotherapist offers in terms of an environment that allows you to open up. And now open to write and create and live in a space that is empowering. The BIPOC prerequisite is the key for me. I feel safe in my tribe. More of this, please!