“RECIPE FOR LIFE”
Mixing together everyday household ingredients with handfuls of memories and spoonfuls of hope for the future we will create a recipe for how we can stand strong in the heart of our own lives, one tablespoon, one cup, one greased or floured surface at a time.
ALLOW ME TO REPEAT MYSELF - REPETITION
Repetition refers to the use of the same sound, word, phrase, image or idea multiple times in this case, in our writing to: create patterns of rhythm (meter), intensify sonic effects (alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme), create expectations, serve as mnemonic device and is a method used to regenerate or “turn” the poem, short story, memoir in different directions
“Fortifying Our Resilience”
Using a series of “sensory” exercises and prompts we will examine our thoughts, feelings, and sensations, make mental notes, work our way through the senses, as we remind ourselves that we are wonderful!
“CREATING A SPACE FOR HAPPINESS”
As writers, many of us tend to write from a place of trauma, anxiety, insecurity or pain; our own or someone else’s. This workshop is designed to guide the writer through a series of prompts, using the “sensory” technique and brief periods of meditation, focused on capturing the best aspects of peace and safety, to clear our minds of negative thoughts and make space for full out joy.
“WHEN IN DOUBT EAT CHOCOLATE”
Chocolate is a preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds that is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block that researchers say may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Letting chocolate dissolve slowly in our mouths produces a huge increase in brain activity and heart rate, perfect for clearing the cobwebs and kick-starting our creative energies!
“CHANNELING OUR SPIRIT ANIMALS” Everyone has at least one. A spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal connection to us as individuals. Other names might be animal guides, spirit helpers, power animals, or animal helpers... You can have many spirit animals throughout your lifetime.
“ODE TO THE BODY:” Always our worst critics, we are hard on ourselves about our bodies. Our culture encourages body shaming. This workshop is all about overcoming culture pressure and shutting down that voice in our head that likes to tell us we are “less than.”
SCARS: A mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely. All of us have scars on our bodies and in our hearts, tiny to notable. Writing about them can help us consider how to focus on events that have occurred in the past with tolerance and perhaps even humor as we form new pathways to understanding.
WRITING YOUR SELF-PORTRAIT
Many of us have been challenged one time or another to draw a portrait of ourselves.
In this workshop we are going to write a self-portrait rather than draw it. A variety of prompts will be provided to get thoughts about your “image” going, as well as some free writing exercises using the “Sensory Method” to shape and polish our final portraits.
RETURN TO MINDFULNESS
Using a series of “sensory” exercises and prompts we will work to bring ourselves to a state of awareness, of mindfulness, a place where we can examine our thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judging them, capturing mental notes discovered as we work our way through the senses, with a goal of releasing toxic energy out of our psyche and onto the page.
IF ONLY I COULD DO IT OVER
Who hasn’t wished they could go back in time and do something differently? Writing, in a sense, allows us to do just that, create a scenario in which the outcome is what you have always wished it would have been, or better. Using the insight that comes from experience you will be guided through exercises and prompts that will help you use hindsight and your expanded experience with decision-making to sharpen perspective concerning a situation in which you may have previously felt powerless to correct or avoid. In other words, by writing a satisfactory ending, you very well may be able to let go of that particular situation that you have always wished to “Do It Over.”