Seizing the Power of Now

with NYT Best Selling Author Ingrid Ricks

Utilizing several interactive exercises, Ricks will help you:

  • Rewrite the Negative Stories You Tell Yourself
  • Strip Fear of its Power
  • Turn Your Adversity into an Asset
  • Embrace Change
  • Go For it – Whatever IT is
  • How to pull yourself up when life throws you down

Additional Independent Study to complete 15 hours which = 1 graduate semester credit: Read Author Ingrid Rick’s best seller book “Focus” and answer 10 questions. Submit into Canvas apartment.

2 credit option: Complete one credit requirements above and then complete a one day Place Based Education experiential learning experience. Journal your hours of PBE and wellness, plus answer 10 questions and/or complete your finished product story (15 hours). Submit into Canvas apartment.

About this workshop

In this transformational workshop, NYT-Bestselling Memoir Author and Storytelling Coach Ingrid Ricks draws on her personal journey and the life-changing lessons she learned to help you tap into the power of Now and unleash the life you want and deserve. Ricks, who discovered she was going blind from a rare eye disease at age thirty seven, shares how her shock diagnosis — combined with an eye-opening trip to South Africa to write about the plight of AIDS orphans — slammed home the reality that all we have for certain is now, and that she had to make it count. This pivotal realization led her and her husband to completely revamp their lives — including leaving their rural community to live in a city neighborhood they love, redefining their relationship, and quitting their jobs to pursue their passions and dreams.

Ricks, who has also battled aggressive breast cancer and recently lost her remaining eyesight, drills down on the importance of focusing on what matters, regardless of the challenges we face. From there she teaches the powerful mindset-changing strategies she employs to stay rooted in the present, ignite her inner strength, and continue to make Now count.

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About Ingrid Ricks

Ingrid Ricks is an NYT-bestselling author, writing coach, inclusion activist and inspirational speaker who is passionate about leveraging personal storytelling to foster healing, awareness, empathy and change.

Over the past seven years, she has helped more than 2,000 students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing the deeply personal stories they needed to tell, and has produced seven anthologies in partnership with high schools to raise awareness about the serious challenges today’s youth face.

Ingrid, who views personal storytelling as the key to healing and unity in today’s divided world, has teamed with Summer Institutes since 2015 to bring her personal narrative workshops to educators through live conferences and online courses. She also teams with other organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Ingrid’s books include the coming-of-age memoir, Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story, and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She has also ghostwritten several memoirs and has shared stories from her childhood on Salon and NPR.

For more information, visit www.ingridricks.com,

  • Course Information
    Course number: PDSI 9938
    Date: Feb. 5, 2022
    Location: Online


Price Increase – $50 Jan 31

2 Credits - $275

1 Credit - $150

Course Only - $100