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Beth E. Miller Leads Yoga Sessions at Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat

We are delighted that Beth E. Miller of Boulder, Colorado, will be with us for the Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat.  Beth will be leading yoga movement, vocal yoga and meditation sessions during the program.  She has a huge following and many devoted clients.  My friend Annie Burns is inspired by Beth’s approaches.  I want to share her bio-background-resume with you so you have a greater appreciation for what she will bring to the richness of our program.

Professional Achievements

  • Yoga instructor, including such specializations as Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga geared specifically for teens, girls, and young women, Children’s Yoga, and Mantra/ Sonorous Yogas.
  • Early childhood educator, based primarily in the Waldorf tradition, using skills both as a Yoga Instructor and a Vocalist.
  • Vocal Artist, performer and teacher of Western classical and sacred world traditions.
  • Workshop Leader, organizing and leading weeklong / weekend workshops that combine Yogic Practice/ Philosophy; Sound Meditation; Earth Wisdom and Depth Psychology; Creativity and Improvisation.
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language, including group and private classes for children, teens, and adults.
  • Owner of The Body Elemental, a successful Holistic Health Counseling business engaged in coaching teen girls and young women to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, while greatly improving outcomes for clients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; facilitating weight loss or weight gain when appropriate, and successfully managing clients’ freeing themselves from the ill effects of sugar, caffeine and other unhealthy food choices.
  • Office Manger of high-volume photography studio. 

Additional Concurrent Experience

Univas Preparatoria, Oaxaca, Mexico            Winter 2010

Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten, Boulder, CO            Winter/ Spring 2009

Growing Gardens, Boulder, CO (volunteer position)            Winter/ Spring 2009

True School Rocks, New York, New York                               Summer 2008

International High School at Prospect Heights Spring 2007 – 2009

Brooklyn, New York

Park Slope Yoga Center, Brooklyn, New York                        2001 – 2009

Life in Motion Yoga Center, New York, New York                2001 – 2009

Citibabes, New York, New York                                               Spring – Summer 2007

Shining Star Waldorf School, Portland, Oregon                      2004 – 2005

PS 321, Brooklyn, New York                                                     Spring 2004

Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey                Summers 2001 -2004

Chia Messina Photography, New York, NY                            2001-2003

Formal Education

Institute for Culinary Education, Chef Training Program,  2006

Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Certified Holistic Health Counselor,  2004

Centered Yoga Teacher Training, 2001

Westminster Choir College, BA Music, magna cum laude,  2000

Additional Training/ Self-Study/ Skills

  • Vocal Training with Judith Coen, Subhra Guha, Timothy Hill, and Sylvia Nakkach
  • Vipassana Meditation Training in the SN Goenka Tradition, Shelburne, MA
  • Proficient in conversational Spanish

Robin Greene, MFA, Leads Oaxaca Women’s Writing Workshop 2011

We want to introduce you to Robin Greene, M.F.A., who is the creative writing instructor for our Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat.  Robin has a comprehensive and versatile writing and teaching background.  In addition to writing and publishing poetry in major literary magazines and journals, she is also a published fiction and non-fiction writer.  She has been teaching and coaching traditional and non-traditional adult students in university settings throughout her career.  As editor of the highly respected Longleaf Press, she  identifies and publishes emerging poets.  Robin is described by students and colleagues as nurturing, understanding, supportive, very talented, and highly competent.

Robin Greene Curriculum Vita — Education, Teaching, Publications, Presentations



M.F.A., Writing, 1991,  Vermont College of Fine Arts,  (Norwich University),  Montpelier, VT  05601

M.A., English, 1985, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY  13901

B.A., English, 1975, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT  06602

Professional Experience:

Director, Writing Center, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC (2007-present)

Professor of English & Writing, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC (2005-present)

Editor, Longleaf Press at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC (1997-present)

Writing Consultant (creative & expository), Fayetteville area (1994-present)

Associate Professor of English, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC (2002-2005)

Assistant Professor of English, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC (1998-2002)

Instructor of English, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC (1996-1998)

Instructor of English, Evening College at Methodist College (1991-1996)

English Faculty (Mentor) Empire State College, Binghamton Campus, Binghamton, NY (1987-1989)

Instructor, Continuing Education Department & Center for Distance Learning,

Empire State College, Binghamton Campus, Binghamton, NY (1987-1989)

Instructor, Tutor, Graduate Assistant, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY (1983-1986)

Teaching Experience:

English 100—Remedial English; English 101—Freshman Composition; English 102—Freshman

Literature and Composition; English 204—Genres of Creative Writing; English 207—Reviewing

Writing; English 320—Advanced Expository Writing; English 322—Business Writing; English

325—Creative Writing Poetry; English 416—Teaching College Composition; English 485—Advanced Creative Writing Poetry

Book Publications—Poetry:

Lateral Drift, Windows on History Press (2002)

Memories of Light, Harperprints (1991)

Book Publications—Nonfiction:

Real Birth, Women Share Their Stories, Generation Books (2000)

Book Publications—Fiction:

Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman, Plain View Press (forthcoming 2010)

Journal Publications—Poetry:

Literary Map of North Carolina, “Liberty” (2009)

The Ledge, “Shopping List” (2009)

The Ledge, “Swing Shift” (2009)

Mountain High, Traveling the Blue Ridge” (2008)

Poetica Magazine, “Dead Man Playing Bridge” (March 2008)

White Pelican Review, “What We Have” (April 2008)

Poetica Magazine, “Remission” (2007)

Sea, Sand, and Sail, anthology “Rockaway” (2007)

KAKALAK: An Anthology of Carolina Poets, “Walking Meditation” (2007)

Margaret Reid Anthology, “Impossible Arrangement” (2006)

The Teachers’ Voice, “Fuck” (2006)

Conte “Beneath the Stones” (2006)

Conte, “Looking Glass Falls” (2006)

Illuminations, “Silver Chain” (2006)

Illuminations, “This Old Dress I Call Jewish” republished for anthology (2006)

KAKALAK: An Anthology of Carolina Poets, “My Best Friend Naked” (2006)

The Comstock Review, “My Life as a Poem” (2006)

Rockhurst Review, “This Old Dress I Call Jewish” (2005)

Tar Wolf Review, “Night Watching” ( 2005)

Heartlodge, “Born” (2005)

Poetry Motel, “Blackbirds” (2004)

White Pelican Review, “Trouble Is” (2004)

Buckle, “Anniversary Walk” (2003)

White Pelican Review, “Peripheral Vision” (2002)

FreeDOM, “Twenty Dollar Bill” (2002)

FreeDOM, “Eating Death” (2002)

Midday Reader, “The Necklace” (2002)

Midday Moon, “Obscene Caller” (2002)

Lonzie’s Fried Chicken, “Thank You for Shopping Wal-Mart” (2001)

Sow’s Ear, “My Son at Seventeen” (2001)

Asheville Poetry Review, “Everyone is Someone Else” (1999)

Storyboard 4, “Ama: The Women Divers of Japan” (1997)

The Chester H. Jones Annual Anthology, “Another Take on Creation” (1994)

The Farmer’s Market, “At Liberty Veterinary Clinic” (1994)

Encodings, “Life of the Body” (1994)

Southern Poetry Review, “The Landscape of Desire” (1994)

The Charlotte Poetry Review, “Last Light,” “Liberty, NC” (1993)

The Devil’s Millhopper, “Kevin Last” (1992)

Carolina Quarterly, “Dehorning the Bull” (1992)

Circumference, “Trip to the City,” “Regrets” (1991)

Vermont Times, “Night Walking” (1991)

Filtered Images: Anthology of Southern Women Writers, “Loose Photograph” (1991)

Midland Review, “The Sound Mm…” (1990)

Midland Review, “Confessions of a Witness” (1989)

Sequoia, “The Basilisk” (1987)

Poetry International, “Private Wars” (1980)

The Poet, “Going Home from the Out Islands” (1979)

Goblets, “My Distance with Lindgrin” (1976)

CT Entertainer, “Fractures” (1975)

Central CT State College Journal, “We Are Like Wednesday” (1975)

Anagnorisis, “Sometimes in Therapy,” “In Response to the Weather” (1974)

Underleaf, “Time” (1973)


Village Rambler, “Begging Off” (2006)

FreeDOM, “Why One Professor Likes International Students in Her Classroom (2002)

Duke Gifted Letter, “Educating Dan—Taking Educational Risks” (2001)

Pregnancy Magazine, “Postpartum Depression—One Mother’s Story” (2001)

Pregnancy Magazine “How to Write Your Own Birthing Story” (2001)

The Network News, “How I Found My Publisher: Networking at the NCWN Fall Conference” (1999)

Journey Proud, Anthology of Women Writers, “My Small Part of the World” (1994)

The Network News, “The Writer’s Bookshelf” (1993)

Arts Line “Al Frego, Public Artist and Sculptor,” (1993)


Interview, “Women’s Voices, Women’s Lives,” NPR Fayetteville, NC affiliate (2003)

Interview, “The Women’s Journal,” NPR Fayetteville, NC affiliate (1999)

Commentary, “My Son in Key West,” NPR affiliate, Chapel Hill, NC (1999)

Readings/Online Credits—Poetry/Nonfiction:

Methodist College faculty poetry reading, Fayetteville, NC (2006)

NC Arts Council, Featured Online “Poet of the Week” (2006)

Online Featured Writer, Longridge Writers’ Group, Oregon (2005)

Open Gates Book Club, Fayetteville, NC (2003)

Lucy Daniels Foundation, Cary, NC (2003)

Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, NC (2002)

Barnes & Noble, Durham, NC (2000)

Barnes & Noble, Fayetteville, NC (2000)

The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC (2000)

The Arts Council, Rocky Mount, NC (2000)

The Regulator Bookstore, Durham, NC (1999)

The Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (1999)

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (1998)

Henderson Arts Council, Henderson, NC (1997)

UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC (1997)

The North Carolina Writers’ Network, Carborro, NC (1996)

UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC (1994)

The Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (1991)

SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY (1987)

Trinity College, CT (1975)

Mohegan Community College, CT (1975)

Wesleyan College, CT (1975)

Central Connecticut State College, CT (1975)

Quinnipiac College, CT (1975)

The Gunnery, CT (1975)

Connecticut College, CT (1975)

Mattatuck Community College, CT (1975)

Manchester Community College, CT (1975)

Yale University, CT (1975)

Workshops, Community Teaching, Conferences, Papers, and Community Service:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, annual conference, presenter: “Thinking outside the QEP Box” Atlanta, GA (2010)

Southeastern Association of Writing Centers, conference, presenter: “A Diversity of Needs” (2009)

Southeastern Association of Writing Centers, conference participant, Savannah, GA (2008)

Presenter: “How to Analyze Poetic Texts,” Cumberland County Honors and A.P. English Teachers, Fayetteville, NC (February 2008)

Fayetteville Women’s Conference, Fayetteville, NC: presented paper, “Still Her” (October 2007)

Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, Southern Pines, NC: writer-in-residence (2007)

North Carolina Poetry Society, Southern Pines, NC: workshop leader: “Present Tense Poetry” (2007)

Haymount United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, NC: guest lecturer: American Buddhism (2007)

Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, Southern Pines, NC: writer-in-residence (2006)

Judge, 71st High School Poetry Contest, Fayetteville, NC (2005)

Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities, Southern Pines, NC: writer-in-residence (2005)

Wildacres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland, NC: invitation-only workshop/retreat participant (2005)

Spilman Conference, Virginia Military Institute, conference participant (2005)

Judge, Regional Arts Grants, Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (2005)

Judge, Regional Art Grants, Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (2004)

Selected Participant in NC Arts Council / Creative Capital Workshop: Strategic Development for Artists, Winston-Salem, NC (2004)

Judge, NC Arts Council, Literature Touring Directory, Raleigh, NC (2004)

Presenter: “Critical Reading of Informational Texts,” Cumberland County, NC (2004)

Presenter: “How to Teach Effective Argumentation,” Cumberland County, NC (2004)

Presenter: “Developing High School Literary,” Cumberland County, NC (2004)

Selected Participant in NEA / NC Arts Council / Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop, Hendersonville, NC (2004)

Judge, Regional Arts Grants, NEA, in the field of literature, Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (2003)

Presenter: High School English Teachers: “What Students Need To Know,” Cumberland County, NC (2003)

Presenter: All Faculty/Three All Day Seminars: “Writing for Success,” Salemburg Elementary School, Sampson County, NC (2002-2003)

Presenter: “What High School English Teachers Need to Know about College English,” Cumberland County Honors and A.P. English Teachers, Fayetteville, NC (2002)

Presenter: “How to Teach Poetry to High School Students,” Cumberland County Honors & A.P. English Teachers, Fayetteville, NC (2002)

Guest Lecturer: The Art of Meditation, Fayetteville State Univ., Fayetteville, NC (2002)

Workshop Leader, “Poetry in Motion: the Process of Writing a Poem,” North Carolina Poetry Society, Greenville, NC (2002)

Judge, Regional Arts Grants, NEA, in the field of literature, Fayetteville Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC (2001)

Presenter: Duke University, Gifted and Talented Conference, Durham, NC (2001)

Manuscript Editor, North Carolina Writers’ Network, faculty, Charlotte, NC (2001)

Moderator, Site Coordinator, Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series, Methodist College (2000-03)

Awards Ceremony, Featured Speaker, Pine Forest Middle School, Fayetteville, NC (2001)

Workshop Presenter, “How to Teach Poetry to Teens” (Presentation for Youth Services Librarians) Cumberland Public Library, Fayetteville, NC (2001)

Co-founder Sandhills Dharma Group, Fayetteville, NC (2000)

Manuscript Editor, NC Writers’ Network, faculty position, Raleigh, NC (2000)

Workshop Presenter, “Writing in the Classroom—How to Motivate our Kids,” Salemburg Elementary School, Salemburg, NC (2000)

Featured Guest, Women’s Studies Program, NC State University, Raleigh, NC (2000)

Judge, Harperprints Chapbook Contest, Chapel Hill, NC (2000)

Judge, Regional Arts Grants Awards, Fayetteville, NC (2000)

Workshop Presenter, “Approaches to the NC Fourth Grade Writing Test,” Long Hill Elementary School, Fayetteville, NC (2000)

Workshop Presenter, “Integrating the Curriculum” Howard Hall School, Fayetteville, NC (1999)

Workshop Presenter, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Grammar but Were Afraid to Ask,” Howard Hall School, Fayetteville, NC (1999)

Workshop Leader, “Writing in Context,” Seabrook Elementary School, NC (1998)

Coordinator/Reader, “Mayday for the Arts” events, Fayetteville, NC (1997, 1998)

Poetry Workshop Leader, Women’s Group, Grove View Terrace, Fayetteville, NC (1997)

Judge, Spelling Contest, St. Patrick’s School, Fayetteville, NC (1996)

Presenter:  “Teaching Creative Writing,” Cross Creek Reading Council, Fayetteville, NC (1996)

Judge, Fayetteville Observer-Times Christmas Short Story Contest (1994)

Workshop Leader, Writers’ Day, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC (1994)

Visiting Writer, Partners in Education Program, Fayetteville, NC (1991-1997)

Workshop Instructor, poetry, Chapel Hill, NC (1994)

Workshop Instructor, poetry, Chapel Hill, NC (1992)

Writing Workshop Leader, Durham South High, Durham, NC (1992)

Workshop Leader, Poet, Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC (1993)

Professional Associations:

National Council of Teachers of English (2003-present)

North Carolina Writers’ Network, (1992-present)

North Carolina Writers’ Network Board of Trustees (1995-1998)

Southeastern Writing Center Association (2007-present)

International Writing Center Association (2007-present)

University Committee Service:

Tenure and Promotion committee / Chair of Quality Enhancement Plan committee, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Executive committee / Freshman Reading Selection committee,

Chair of Publications Committee / Academic Standards committee / Writing Across the Curriculum committee, Critical Thinking committee / various English and Writing Department search committees

Honors and Awards:

Visiting Professor, University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Iasia Romania (2007)

Sabbatical awarded, Methodist University, (2007)

Professor of the Year, Methodist College, NC (2000)

Faculty Summer Research Grant recipient, Methodist College, NC (2000)

Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series, selected writer, NC (2000)

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, selected presenter, TN (1999)

Writer-in-Residence, MUSE Program, NC (1996, 1997)

First Place Winner, Chester H. Jones Foundation Poetry Award, National (1994)

NC Public School Outreach Grant recipient, NC (1994)

Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series, selected writer, NC (1994)

NC/NEA Fellowship in Writing, National and NC State Award (1992-1993)

First Place Winner, Harperprints Chapbook Contest, NC (1991)

Merit Award, Vermont College MFA Program, VT (1989-1991)

Teaching Assistantship, SUNY-Binghamton, NY (1983-1985)

Writing Scholarship, Antioch International Program, OH (1976)

B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of Bridgeport, CT (1975)

Poet-in-Residence, Hewlett Public Library, NY (1975)

First Place Winner, CT Poetry Contest, CT (1975)

Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat Registration Form

Oaxaca Women’s Writing Retreat, March 4-10, 2011

Please print and complete this form.  Send along with your deposit.

About Lodging/Accommodations:

To keep this program affordable, we have selected clean and basic accommodations at a woman-operated bed and breakfast inn that is part of their family compound.  This is not a luxury hotel!  You will be staying with Josefina, along with her mother-in-law Magdalena and daughter Eloisa, who prepare delicious meals from scratch.  Eloisa is a graduate of the Oaxaca culinary institute.

Base Cost:  $995 per person double occupancy with shared bath facilities.

Single rooms are available.   A limited number of double occupancy rooms with private bath, and single occupancy with private bath are available. Please indicate your preference below.

[  ]  I will share a room, double occupancy with shared bath, $995 per person.

[  ] I prefer a single room with shared bath, with a $200 single supplement for a total of $1195 per person.

[  ]  I will share a room, double occupancy, with private bath, with a $200 per person supplement for a total of $1195.

[  ]  I prefer a single room with private bath, with a $300 single supplement for a total of $1295.

Additional nights are $40 each (includes breakfast).  Please indicate if you intend to arrive earlier or stay later, and which dates________________

My roommate is _____________________________________________________

The base cost includes six nights lodging double occupancy, six breakfasts, four lunches, three dinners, one massage, daily yoga, and all instruction.  Most travel workshops of this type and length cost more than twice as much!

The trip does NOT include airfare, taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, liquor or alcoholic beverages, some meals, and local transportation to and from Oaxaca city.

Reservations and Cancellations

A 50% deposit ($500) is required to guarantee your spot.  The final payment for the balance due (including any supplemental costs) shall be postmarked by January 15, 2011.  Payment may be made by check or PayPal.  We will be happy to send you an itemized invoice.

If cancellation is necessary, please notify us in writing by email.   After January 15, 2011, no refunds are possible; however, we will make every possible effort to fill your reserved space.  If you cancel before January 15, 2011, we will refund 50% of your deposit or $250.  We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance before you begin your trip, since unforeseen circumstances are possible.

To get your questions answered and to register, contact: or call (919) 274-6194

Please make your deposit payable to Norma Hawthorne OCN-LLC, and mail it to:  Norma Hawthorne, 110 Blue Heron Farm Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Thank you.

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Recipe: Fresh Corn, Tomato and Black Bean Summer Frittata

Corn on the cob is plentiful now in late July around most of the U.S.  In Oaxaca, there is corn in a multitude of colors — yellow, orange, red, blue, black, purple, white.  Most of us know corn as yellow or white.  If we eat blue corn chips dunked in salsa, then we are familiar with this third variation on corn.  I’m told that most of the blue corn grown in the U.S.  is used for chips!  Here at Blue Heron Farm, where I live, we only grow organic vegetables in our circle garden.  The earth is fertilized with manure (cow or chicken or horse) and amended with annual green fertilizer with gets plowed under to enrich the soil.  My husband Stephen is growing an abundance of corn (the stalks are at least twelve feet high) and rows of plum and Better Boy tomatoes.  What to do with this abundance?  Find all kinds of good ways to cook it.

I would like to say that the eggs come from our poultry, too.  However, late this spring the chicken coops were raided by marauding raccoons, weasels, foxes, and other predatory creatures of the night (who knows what else?) and we lost 52 chickens over a period of three weeks. As much as we tried, we couldn’t make those living quarters impenetrable. That wiped out the possibility for eggs and meat this season.  We were all too frustrated and sad after raising those little wee chicks to start over again this year.

Given our love for Mexico, here is the recipe we came up with for a Summer Frittata. (I should have taken a photo.  We ate it up before I even thought of it.)

Equipment:  10″ omelet pan, wire whisk, bowl to hold six eggs, spatula, sharp chef’s knife or Chinese cleaver


  • 6-8 large eggs
  • 2 T. water
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or enough to coat bottom of skillet
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 large fresh tomatoes, stemmed, cored, cut in large dice (1″)
  • 2 cobs of fresh corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1/2 cup of canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup Queso Fresco (Mexican crumble cheese) or substitute fresh grated Parmesan, or Ricotta, or Farmer’s cheese (or use any cheese you like)
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Optional:  Dash of red pepper flakes or diced fresh green or red peppers

In omelet pan, heat olive oil until it sizzles when you splash a tad of water on the surface.  Add onions and garlic and sautee until glossy, over medium heat.  (Add diced peppers and red pepper flakes at this first step if you wish, cooking until peppers are soft.)

Add corn, tomatoes, and black beans and stir into onion/garlic mixture.  Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.   Remove onion/garlic/corn/tomato mixture to a bowl.  Add a little more cooking oil to your skillet.  Beat eggs adding 2 T. water and 2 T. salt.  Pour into skillet that has been heated to medium heat.  Cook eggs until bottom is firm and top is still a bit liquid.  Add the corn/tomato/black bean mixture and spread over diameter evenly.  Add cheese.

Remove from heat.  Put under a 400 degree broiler for about 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and top of frittata is firm.  Season to taste.  Turn out into a serving dish and cut into quarters or sixths or serve directly from the pan.

Serves 4-6.