Arts & Sacred Sexuality Evening, Newport RI

How can Art and Creation lead to transcendence? How does passion and intuition flow through? New Englanders, join us in Newport RI, for an evening of conversation, visual art and a reading from my new novel.  THURS JUL 22  5-730PM 5:00 Kerstin Zettmar, visual artist who has exhibited and sold internationally, will share her inner process in creating paintings and fiber art. Her work will be displayed and for sale. 5:45 Amy Weintraub, Yoga Therapist and Author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists and Temple Dancer, the new award-winning spiritual thriller, will offer a short reading and talk about her 25-year journey to create this novel. 6:30 Party Time! Book signing and informal conversations with both artists. Zettmar Studio [...]

Arts & Sacred Sexuality Evening, Newport RI2021-07-10T12:09:31-07:00

Facebook LIVE with Amy Wheeler: Unveiling Temple Dancer

Watch Online Tune in LIVE on Facebook for a chat about my novel TEMPLE DANCER with renowned Yoga Therapist, Amy Wheeler, PhD of Optimal State Yoga Therapy School. CLICK HERE to join us on Thurs, December 17th 3-4PM PST 4-5PM MST 6-7PM EST Amy is a new thought leader in the field of Mental Health and Women's Health who is changing the world with her revolutionary Optimal State® system of health and healing. She is a past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, IAYT, and delights in yoga philosophy. Among other things, we'll talk about The history of India and how women were perceived and treated Devadasis and how women were able to claim their power How [...]

Facebook LIVE with Amy Wheeler: Unveiling Temple Dancer2020-12-14T21:16:11-07:00

TEMPLE DANCER Backstory: Part One

Every novel has a backstory arising from the author’s experience, imagination and research. Because there are several plot threads in Temple Dancer, there are at least three backstories. In this 3-part series, I'll review the backstory that led to the emergence of Saraswati as a character in an Indian village in 1938.   Goddess Yellamma Reaching Out On the day I stood in C. S. Lakshmi’s office in Mumbai, looking at a calendar created by “Reaching Out,” a group of Indian feminists, my eyes locked on the eyes of a little girl who gazed into the camera. Rohini stood holding her mother’s hand. She was six. She had knotted hair. Her mother said that she was going to [...]

TEMPLE DANCER Backstory: Part One2020-11-10T19:46:13-07:00

The Promise that Keeps Me Going

Dears Ones, do you know how hard it is to release your first published novel (Temple Dancer, September 8th!), especially in a pandemic? These days, I’m immersed in the hard part—promotion. What keeps my head above water is that I feel I’m fulfilling a promise I made 26 years ago. After a second sojourn in India, I received a gift from an eight-year-old girl, born in India in 1930—Saraswati’s voice. Saraswati became a temple dancer (devadasi), auspicious and then later disgraced. When I learned about the decimation of the devadasi culture, I knew I was given her story for a reason—it was meant to be shared. Birthing a Book It has taken me twenty-five years. Those years included writing books [...]

The Promise that Keeps Me Going2020-11-10T19:47:14-07:00

My Journey Back to Fiction via Kripalu

This unfamiliar pause in our ordinary lives has been a time of loss and also a time of birth--my daughter gave birth to a son, Shalom Raphael, three weeks ago, and I am about to deliver my first novel, Temple Dancer. I'll be live on Facebook for a reading and brief talk. I hope you'll join me here tomorrow, May 21 at 4pm PT, 7ET. Temple Dancer is now available for pre-order and will be officially released on September 8. Here is s bit about my journey... Before my first visit to Kripalu in 1989, I was a fiction writer suffering from depression. I wrote from a dark place of angst and from my deep curiosity about the “why” questions—the [...]

My Journey Back to Fiction via Kripalu2020-11-10T19:47:53-07:00
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