There is nothing like the experience of sitting in this kind of circle with women and writing from the heart, sharing and experiencing ourselves, each other and life in this way. I once called these circles “decadent,” because I think it is a giant treat, and I believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a little bit of time out of our busy days for nurturing and caring for ourselves. Join us in this safe space for a thought-provoking, nourishing experience of self-exploration, discovery and expression. We’ll write from prompts, explore an assortment of journaling techniques and connect with women who share a mutual curiosity for life. No writing experience necessary, just the desire to put pen to paper.
Our upcoming circle is set for five Fridays: March 15 – April 12
held in a lovely space at the
Upper Valley Food Coop called the Classroom
in White River Junction, Vermont
Please email me to register.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I’ve never been to anything like this before. What can I expect?
You can expect to come into a space that feels really comfortable, inviting and safe. We’ll sit in a traditional circle, opening with lighting of a candle, becoming fully present in the moment and prepared to leave the world behind for a while to do something that is nurturing for ourselves. One of the things that makes our time together so beautiful is the ritual feel of the circle. You may not be able to fully understand it until you experience it, but when you do, it feels like – being seen, being heard, being accepted.
Q. What if I’m not a writer?
Some people come into the circle without having ever written in this way before, and others might journal every day. Either way, and anything in between, is totally fine. There are absolutely no rules here. This is something that you are doing for one person: YOU. And whether you write every day or not at all, you will very quickly get into the swing of writing from specific prompts and in specific journaling styles that help you to get into corners of yourself you haven’t seen in years or may have never seen before.
Q. What kind of writing will we do?
Contemplative writing is a different kind of writing than novel writing or writing for publication or for an audience. During our time together, I provide specific prompts and suggest journaling techniques, and we free write for a certain amount of time and then share. We don’t self censor while we write or pay attention whatsoever to syntax or grammar. We simply write whatever comes off our pen without real conscious thought. This allows us to access parts of ourselves that we aren’t able to access through speech or thinking alone.
Q. Will I have to read out loud what I’ve written.
It’s entirely up to you, and it is a very personal thing. You will never feel forced to read your writing if it doesn’t feel good to you. You will find, after experiencing circle for the first time, that the sharing is one of the best parts of our time together.
Q. I don’t consider myself spiritual, nor do I want to talk about spiritual things, is this for me?
Q. I am Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, I’m 25, I’m 85 . . . is this for me?
Absolutely. You don’t have to be anything other than who you are to be a part of this circle. This is an all-inclusive, welcoming and supportive space.
If you have a group of five or so women in mind or an established group that would like to experience contemplative writing, contact me, and I will happily facilitate a writing circle for your group.
Please email me with questions, to register or to be placed on the
local email list for upcoming circles.