New Group - February 19, 2013 Join us!
Stories are how our ancestors wove the fabric of meaning and existence as they made their way in their lives. Telling your story helps you to explore yourself, your roots, and your journey through life. Think about taking out your notebook to begin. "One day, this is what happened..." can be a beginning. There are so many beginnings. "Once upon a time" is a powerful beginning. The beginning is the hardest part for most people. Being part of a group helps stimulate ideas and provides support and encouragement for telling your story --
who you are now • how you got here • where you are going • the story you are living
Jung wrote in Memories, Dreams and Reflections:
Thus it is that I have now undertaken, in my eighty-third year, to tell my personal myth. I can only make direct statements, only “tell stories.” Whether or not the stories are “true” is not the problem. The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth.
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and telling yourself how much you hate your body or some part of your body? Or not wanting to have photos taken of you because you do not like the way you look?
Perhaps ageing finds you at odds with your body -- the wrinkles, changes in skin and hair, sagging.
Being at odds with our bodies makes us at odds with ourselves, no matter what it is that we are struggling with.
Or maybe you are wrestling with starting life again after divorce or after children have grown and left home. Or about what you want to do with the rest of your life.
You will be supported to write the stories that you may not have told anyone before about how you feel about and in your body, about your life, about any of the issues you want to write about. The course is confidential -- everyone agrees to keep each other’s stories private and contained. Guidelines for listening to the work of others and offering feedback will be given in order to create a safe space for each member.
Please note: While writing is highly therapeutic, this class does not offer group therapy or individual counseling. We share stories, but we do not seek advice or try to advise one another. This group is not about losing weight or dieting. Our goal is to help you become Body Positive.
This is an 8-week class for women. Members will spend time each week writing at home. Prompts and exercises will be offered for each week to help guide writing. Members may choose to share what they have written, though there is no requirement to do so.
We will use a private discussion forum. I will post writing exercises and material to read. You may post your writing (if you wish) and read the writing of others. We will use the discussion forum for discussions about the assignments, about life issues, about writing, about the process of personal exploration through writing. Our network will not be visible to anyone outside of our group and accessible only to members. Ten days after the ending of the class, I will delete all writings and discussion.
Because of the format, people are free to participate each day within their own schedule, which will make it easier for everyone to participate.We will create a safe space for this work by committing to full confidentiality when reading the work posted in this class. Feedback will be supportive, with an eye to the visions and the goals of the writers. Our goal is to facilitate healing and personal growth, not to focus on the mechanics of writing.
Members agree to commit to spending time each day (about 2- 4 hrs per week) reading and writing and commenting on the writing of other class participants and participating in discussions. I will be participating daily in discussions.
The class will be limited to 8 members. The charge for this course is $200, payable via Paypal. Individual consultations are available for an additional fee upon request.
Email me using the form at the right with questions or to register. Please put Writing for Healing in the subject line. I ask that you make an advance payment of $35.00 to secure your place in the class.
What some previous members of this group have said:
B: "this is the first course of several I’ve taken with Cheryl, and it changed my life! The exercises , the discussions, and the wonderful, diverse community of other writers sharing their struggles and successes not only helped me make some important decisions about my life, but also got me hooked on Cheryl’s groups and the long-lasting friendships I have made in them. Thank you!!
C said: "The Life Writing course was one of the best gifts I’ve given to myself. Although writing about and posting my life experiences seemed a bit overwhelming at first, in no time at all, I felt part of a very nurturing and supportive writing community."
K : I absolutely loved this course! It was the fourth I’ve taken with Cheryl, and I’m still thinking about it frequently. I experienced some breakthroughs in this class – both in my writing and in my learning about myself – and the intensity of the writing and interaction helped me gain invaluable insights into my life story. I think what I like most about Cheryl’s courses is that they’re a perfect combination: they’re therapeutic, they give you practice and an audience for writing, they’re intellectually stimulating, and the friendship and relationships you form are often closer than your face to face relationships. Thanks for providing such a multi-purpose forum, Cheryl!"
L: "Cheryl’s writing prompts inspired me to write about things I hadn't thought about in years. Feedback from other participants provided new perspectives on life events that I wrote about."
I: “This course helped me see my life with new eyes and decide what I wanted to gain from my remaining time. It also introduced me to a wonderful set of participants, whose wisdom and perspective enriched my life. I highly recommend this course.”