Dear friends:

Side by side with all that challenges us in this world, in this time, I still
find hope in mystery and symmetry:

still, there are shapes made fa'a, in the likeness of nature, in siapo, the ancient bark cloth art of Samoa,

still, there are people who live, make and breathe this art,
who speak of timu rain, and sami the sea and about finding their way home,

still, there are students who write poetry in response to a stranger,
still, one person's journey of colonization and liberation inspires others into their own,

still, there are mountains in Spain made of memory and magic,
still, there are travelers who choose to step into their stories in these mountains.

Side by side with the odds of finding a way to live following what calls to you,
there are evens...
...even that could happen and does, unfolding in its own shade and sun.

May we trust what is calling out to us, may we respond...

This month, I am moved to share

Encounters in American Samoa with artists , poets, dancers, doctors, family caregivers 

an Update on a summer Spain writing adventure - the first session is full, bring on a second session, olé 

an Info session in Santa Fe on Feb 16 at Travel Bug to share photos and stories about this Spain workshop + registration details.

I also offer individual sessions on metaphor and movement, writing and editing. Please r each out if they speak to you . I am here and glad to help nurture the story only you can tell, in the way that only you can tell it.

And finally, in the spirit of spring cleaning for a new year , may I invite you to CHOOSE your interaction with this list. It has been drawn together from many different projects I've done over the years and your interests may have changed, I know mine have ! - so please

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Thank you, as always for reading!

Here's to faraways made close by connection, story and hope!

Encounters: American Samoa
siapo by reggie meredith
write * journey * embody
a seven day writing adventure in a magic mountain town in southern Spain
(our June 1 session is full! so we've added another session)
June 15 to 21, 2020 - Capileira, Granada
What will emerge when you give yourself the gift of a retreat to evoke la naturaleza dentro – your true nature - earth wind fire water and ether –and embody the encounter in writing and movement?  Early Bird Discount- Register by March 10

COME TO AN INFO SESSION EN SANTA FE and see photos/hear details about this workshop: Sun, Feb 16 at 12 pm at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta

If you can’t go this time or prefer other dates, please be in touch or sign up for our advance notice email list.

*step into your story*
– a special package of guided sessions for 3 months to
jumpstart your writing/creativity projects in 2020.

I’d love to work with you to manifest your memoir, fiction, metaphor, hybrid writing, solo performance – or any creative project that is calling you. I've found that often, when you open up your stories to another nurturing point of view, unexpected insights and pathways can illuminate
the storyspace  
Give yourself the gift of exploring the places where your resonant visions live and write them, speak them, move with them, manifest their mystery.
This 3 month package features
  • 3 hour-long individual sessions with me in person (in the Santa Fe area) or via Skype
  • nurturing responses to your work
  • receive inspiring emails + audio messages once a month (for 3 months) -
all to catalyze your creativity/writing projects in 2020
so you start the new year by stepping
brightly into your storyspace

Fee $345 usd

Please contact me at with any questions
Contact: / cell 609 651 5840

Read TESTIMONIALS here and here from folks
who have worked with me as a story consultant and workshop participants 
*write - one on one*
private, individual, guided writing sessions 
prompts * triggers * flights of fancies * thoughtful responses *concept editing
to generate new work, edit older pieces.
Sliding scale – contact me for rates

virtual workshops
recorded versions of workshops that you can do at home
These are recorded versions of two workshops I offered last year. 
I’ve recorded them as audio sessions that guide you with prompts, visualizations, writing exercises and there are links to other readings, writings, music, video.

After purchase, you'll receive an email from me with a link to a Dropbox folder (you don’t need to have Dropbox to access it) with all the audio and pdf files.

Download and then
Listen, savor, write - at home, at your own pace, your own time,
and whenever you’re done, email me a few samples your writing
and I'll respond with a brief email.

(p.s: please don't upload the audio files to social media – thank you)

Gratitude in Metaphor and Movement: 2 sessions/audio files - $60 usd
write and embody prose and lyric
squares of sufficiency, of thanks
Faraway is Close Mongolia –
4 sessions/audio files - $80 usd
Create from the encounter with stories and songs of MONGOLIA and other faraways..

featuring recordings and stories from my year on the steppes of Mongolia – and the city too!
cross cultural encounters in metaphor and movement to awaken the
stories under the skin,
indigenous to each of us,
the stories only we can tell.
SHEBANA COELHO is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, originally from India, who has conducted Faraway is Close cross-cultural creativity workshops in New Mexico, Hawaii, Mongolia and American Samoa. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright to Mongolia. Her stories, poems and articles have been published in US and international journals and her multimedia documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four, Public Television (PBS), and the Discovery Channel among others. She is currently developing and touring a solo play, The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects with accompanying creativity workshops to enable us to stand up in our stories. Read more at