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  • ― Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia tags: belief, drama, eating-disorders, mirror, sadomasochism 75 likes.
  • Waiting, you'll discover, can become a kind of spiritual practice in itself, requiring patience, acceptance, and stillness. Sometimes we do it because we know we need to, though we may not know why. In short, we do it on faith.Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best-selling nonfiction titles, Madness: A Bipolar Life and Wasted: A Memoir of.
  • Marya Hornbacher is one enthusiastic and grateful recovering alcoholic. She is also an atheist. If you have been waiting for a recovery book to come along that speaks to the “non-God” in you, then perhaps your patience will be rewarded with the recent publication of Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power.
  • In Waiting, best-selling author Marya Hornbacher uses the story of her own journey beginning with her recovery from alcoholism to offer a fresh approach to cultivating a spiritual life.

Marya Hornbacher was born in Walnut Creek, California and raised in Edina, Minnesota. She is the only child of Jay and Judy Hornbacher, professional theatre actors and directors. When Hornbacher was fourteen years old, she was accepted into the prestigious arts boarding school Interlochen.

Workshop 4 is March 28th, 2021 at 11am PDT/MST or 2pm EDT featuring Marya H. on “Emotional Range: Skillfully Navigating Highs, Lows, and In-Betweens.” Registration not required! Zoom ID: 830 2445 0302 Passcode: 151353

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Our last seminar was January 31, 2021 at 11am PST, 2pm EST featuring Joe C on “Sober Enough: An Antidote to Perfectionism.”
Registration is not required!

Past Events:

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August 29, 2020 from 12-3 MST/3-6 EDT/8-11 BST

Videos of the Freethinkers Living Sober Group of Verde Valley, AZ free zoom mini-conference.

Noon to 3 PM PDT, 3-6 PM EDT, 8-11 PM BST


Dr. Berger is a psychotherapist and author of several books. Among them: 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, and 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone. Dr. Berger has given many seminars on this topic and others related to recovery.

Joe C. is a well-known speaker, especially among the secular AA community. He is a host/producer of Rebellion Dogs Radio, a researcher, and the author of Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life.

Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning journalist and bestselling writer. Her books include Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power; Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (which has been published in twelve languages), and the New York Times bestseller Madness: A Bipolar Life; She also wrote the recovery book Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps, and the novel The Center of Winter.

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John is the moderator and a presenter, a co-founder of Freethinkers Living Sober Group and in recovery for nearly four decades.

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Marya has been teaching writing since before the turn of the century—since 1991!—and from her very first academic gig, she’s said that teaching is one of the great joys of her life. She’s taught at every imaginable level. She now serves as a faculty mentor in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; previously, she's taught writing and journalism at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Rowan University, Northwestern University, and New College of California. She's also taught adult writers at the Loft Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, and leads a vibrant weekly writing group at a mental health clubhouse in the Twin Cities, and has had the privilege of leading countless independently designed courses by self-directed students. If you're interested in learning more, please reach out.

Independent Study (16 weeks)

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An independent study is a course—typically one academic semester long, or 16 weeks—designed collaboratively by you and Marya. This type of class is perfect for someone who wants to work on a specific genre, whether nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or journalism, or on specific elements of craft, like structure or narrative voice. This class does carry a solid reading and writing expectation with it, and it’s advisable to do this when you have the time to invest. Independent studies are entirely your invention. You determine your area of study and your goals for the course; based on your interests and experience, Marya will draft a syllabus for you to approve. The amount of contact you have with Marya is up to you. Most students choose to submit the writing they’ve done in response to the reading and writing assignments every 2-4 weeks. Marya then responds to your work editorially, and suggests next steps for revision, new writing, and new reading, which you'll discuss with her in your periodic virtual meetings. Students currently enrolled in college or graduate school are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor about the possibility of receiving credit for their work with Marya, as many schools do grant credit for self-directed study.Cost for 16-week independent study with monthly exchanges of material: $1500; with biweekly contact, the cost is $1800.

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If you are interested in enrolling in an independent study, please send a letter describing your experience as a writer, your genre, and your goals for the study semester.