Since 2004, I've been able to devote much of my time to being an artist/traveler; primarily a writer of essays, travel writing, poetry and memoir, but also as a videographer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. Travel has also been a time of practice and retreat: devoting time to meditation and other disciplines, then immersing myself in the daily life around me in countries including Cambodia, Turkey and France.

Between 1993 and 2004 I taught my creative writing workshop, Chance, Synchronicity and Mind-writing, in Boulder, Colorado and in many cities throughout the U.S. I have taught meditation since 1977, including for twenty-nine years though Shambhala Training and thirteen years, beginning in 1991, at Naropa University, where I also taught classes in poetry and creative non-fiction. During the 1980s I worked variously as a computer consultant, technical writer and accountant.

I was grew up in South Lake Tahoe, California, a resort town bordered by gambling casinos and built on the shores of one of the bluest, largest, purest, and deepest bodies of fresh water in the world.

Bill Scheffel




Stray Dog Productions

All writing and photographs
by Bill Scheffel unless other-
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Detail fr. Allegory, by Piero De Cosima, c. 1500.
National Gallery of Art. Washington DC

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An Online Writing Community,
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Workshop may be entered on
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Through this online workshop be a part of a creative and supportive writing community. Receive writing experiments to jump-start your creative writing process. Look at the work of known and unknown writers in order to see the art and craft of writing at work. Read more...



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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public; that's what the poet does. - Allen Ginsberg



I Ching and the
Human body 2015

An On-line Class
with Bill Scheffel

Beginning in summer, 2015


The I Ching makes the top ten
list for books to have when stranded on a desert island.



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description of the class.

Read my article, I CHING: The Four Eternal Hexagrams and the Shambhala Path of the Warrior.

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Denise: Circle of Blessing

a film by Bill Scheffel.

Denise: Circle of Blessing is a 60 minute documentary about the last three months of Denise Thornton's life. At age 49, Denise was diagnosed with stage-four, metastasized cancer. During the remaining three years of her life, Denise not only defied her initial prognosis of six months to live, but embraced her illness as a spiritual path and as a way of sharing her life with others. A brave and charismatic woman, Denise was a unique individual with much to teach us about our own lives. To see the first seven minutes of Denise. You can order Denise through contacting Bill.

Chogyam Trungpa Video Legacy


This page hosts video tributes to Chögyam Trungpa, interviews and short documentaries I've made on my travels, as I've had the opportunity to meet with teachers or fellow students who knew him and generously shared their time with me. Go to page ~


Street Musicians of Istanbul


A homage to various street musicians I came upon during countless walks along Istiklal Cadessi, the historic and perpetually popular grand boulevard of Beyoğlu district, Istanbul.


This website shares my work as a writer and videographer and also the classes I teach in creative writing and the I Ching. Thank you for visiting! ~ Bill Scheffel

My latest essays are:

Istanbul and Bursa II

What is Depression?

Manuscript of my upcoming book

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