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.
Q. Logistically speaking, how is this going to work?
Just send me an email to start the process. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice, and once payment is received, I’ll let you know that your registration is complete. On the day of our circle, I’ll send you a Zoom link, and when you click it, you’ll be in.
Please email me with questions or to register.