WRITE about your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your beliefs in anything beautiful.
Ranier Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet



UPCOMING EVENTS

Monthly

DAYTIME: The second Friday of every month
1-3pm
my home in Westminster near 120th and Sheridan
$20

EVENING: the fourth Thursday of every month beginning July 27, 2017
6:30-8:30pm
Creative Life Center just off of Highway 36 and Sheridan Blvd
8778 Wolff Ct Suite 207, Westminster, CO 80031
$25

Writing Our Wings monthly drop-in writing group

"[Being part of] a group that meets just once a month produces the same increase in happiness as doubling your income." - David Brooks, The New Yorker


Come look at yourself and your life through new lenses, discovering insight and affirmation on the page, reveling in support and acknowledgment in a circle of like-minded others.

I will guide you with Journal to the Self® writing techniques, topics and prompts, quotes and poems and hold safety by setting sacred boundaries.

No experience necessary. Just bring an open mind and heart and a fast-moving pen.

Of note: since I often work with those in recovery from eating disorders, those of you in recovery (from anything) are welcome, as are those of you who've never had disordered eating. Together we'll practice the life skills of being authentic and vulnerable and taking risks, as well as boundary setting—along with practicing respect, acceptance, dropping judgment and being our messy, beautiful human selves. We're all in this rich stew of life together.

Let me know that you're coming at 720 289 0896 or here, and I'll make sure you have address and directions to my home.



April, 2017




Wednesday, April 5, 6 - 8:30pm

Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning
Platt Middle School
6096 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80303

Writing the Roller Coaster: A Creative Look at Difficult Emotions

It's a necessary part of being human to feel stress, shame, anger, grief and other strenuous emotions and qualities. This workshop invites you to confront and befriend them, to empower yourself and even have fun! In a shelter of acceptance and safety, we'll use Journal to the Self® techniques developed by psychotherapist, visionary and founder of The Center for Journal Therapy Kathleen Adams. Creativity will be our power. This 5-step journaling process will leave you with a new perspective on dark emotions and with fast, fresh tools at your fingertips for future self-care.

$45 paid to Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning
Registration through BVSD LLL.



Friday, April 7th

Learning to Love Our Bodies 90-minute experiential session
National Association of Poetry Therapy 37th Annual Conference
Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton

NAPT welcomes all people who are interested in the power of the healing word. The conference is an opportunity to learn from the many workshops, lectures and informal networking opportunities available. Center for Journal Therapy founder and author of Journal to the Self Kathleen Adams is the keynote speaker.

Please go to www.poetrytherapy.org to download the conference program and fill out the registration form. Conference runs from April 6th through April 9th.



June, 2017




Rescheduled
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9am to 4pm and
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 9am to 2:30pm

Exploring Your Innate Strengths: a Weekend of SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self®

Laura Lyon Studio
Boulder, Colorado
off Baseline near Chautauqua

Enjoy a two-day weekend retreat to intuitively recognize and affirm strengths that have served you all your life. Explore your relationship with these innate allies available to you in all situations. By befriending your strengths, simple heightened awareness allows you to move forward in your life with more ease.

The concept of character strengths based on research by the VIA Institute on Character will provide support for the weekend journey. In this workshop you will experience expressive writing, creative collage, guided meditation, poetic beauty and the wisdom of women in community.

Facilitated with Laura Lyon, M.Ed., SoulCollage® Certified Facilitator and a teacher and collage artist for decades. More at http://lauralyonstudio.com. For over four years, Laura and Carolyn have brought images, guided meditation, poetry and writing together in their workshops and retreats to foster healing, transformation and wholeness.

$175 Early Bird (before May 31)
$225 Regular Rate (after June 1)

All materials included.
Payment must be made at time of registration.

Cancellation policy: Full refund minus $20 processing fee before June 1. After June 1, 50% refund before June 10.



Thursday, June 22, 2017, 9am to noon

Expressive Writing for Health and Trauma Recovery: a workshop for counselors, coaches, therapists and other healing professionals

Sondermind, Suite 12
100 Arapahoe
Boulder, CO 80302

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.
~ Karen Blixen

Expand your repertoire of therapeutic tools with this experience of expressive writing as a means of healing and growth.

There is a proven relationship between expressive writing and health/trauma recovery. A traumatic event can be integrated when a client translates emotions into a written narrative, assigning meaning and coherence.

In this workshop a counselor and a client will:
  • define expressive writing and describe how it can be used for health and trauma recovery
  • guide you through the experience of several writing techniques you can use as resources for your clients to further therapeutic goals
  • discuss expressive writing as an adjunct to counseling with case examples
  • offer expressive writing tools for self-supervision
Facilitated with Kate Thompson, MA, CJT, existential counselor, journal therapist and author of Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for Professionals. More at https://therapeuticjournal.wordpress.com.

Early Bird before June 10th: $50
Full Price: $60
Discounts available for CAP members, Sondermind members and students

REGISTER



July, 2017




Four-Week Group
Wednesdays July 12 - August 2
6pm - 9pm
Positive Pathways
165 Cook Street Suite 10
Denver, CO 80203
720 606 3242

Soaring with Signature Strengths
~ your personal allies for recovery and for life ~

And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of plenitude opening before you.
~ John O'Donohue

Your innate strengths in their unique combination are always available to help you heal from pain, deal with obstacles and lead a happy, whole, meaningful life. Yet, these inborn strengths are such a natural part of you that they can be hard to identify and rally. In this workshop, you will
  • pinpoint and understand your particular innate strengths
  • clarify how these assets serve you
  • explore how to apply them more consciously to deal with challenges
  • live, fortify, vitalize and intimately observe selected strengths in the weeks between each group

Your "strengths vision" will invigorate your relationships, your work or study, and advocating for yourself in any situation. A strengths-based approach to living is honest, positive, empowering, energizing and connecting. This workshop is a time to learn more about your True Self, to express and believe in your health and strengths.

Questions? Contact me.

Registration at http://positivepathways.com/workshops-and-groups

$150 Early Bird (before June 30)
$175 Regular Rate (after July 1)



Returning Fall 2017

Saturdays September 16 - November 11

Learning to Love Our Bodies
Eight-Week Group


Positive Pathways
165 Cook Street Suite 10 Denver CO 80206

Your body is not a prison, a mistake, a mismatch, a life sentence. It is not something you can and should fix and correct. Your body is a life force, a workhorse, a transport, a marvel.

Details to come.



Returning in 2018




Walking A Path of Wholeness
A weekend of SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self®

"When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us."
~John O'Donohue

Bring your curiosity to this weekend of creative travel. You journey into wholenss will be supported by collage, guided writes, poetry, individual SoulCollage® readings, labyrinth walks, ritual and ample hours to create and express. The retreat will provide recognition, honoring and support in community, along with time to go deep into silent exploration with kindness and compassion.

"For thousands of years we were nourished by being members of a community...feeling supported, offering gratitude...sharing meals at night and our dreams in the morning."
~Francis Weller


Facilitated with Laura Lyon, M.Ed., SoulCollage® Certified Facilitator and a teacher and collage artist for decades. More at http.//www.lauralyonstudio.com. For over three years, Laura and Carolyn have brought images, guided meditation, poetry and writing together in their workshops to foster healing, transformation and wholeness.



Permanent Webinars

Webinar presented by and archived at the National Eating Disorder Association
Writing Through Stress and Shame: Taking Our Power Back

Shame and stress proliferate around eating disorders. This is an invitation to face challenging feelings in new and creative ways in this hands-on writing webinar. The writing methods are fast, fresh and fun. In a shelter of acceptance and safety, you'll be guided through Journal to the Self® techniques developed by psychotherapist, visionary and founder of The Center for Journal Therapy Kathleen Adams. The techniques add color, perspective and dimension to reflective writing. The webinar informs about the mental and physical health benefits of writing and provides a new view of difficult emotions, an experience of creativity that can lead to insight and empowerment, and tools at your fingertips for future self-care.

Offered through the National Eating Disorder Association at no cost
Click here to access the 90-minute webinar.



Online class presented by and archived at the SoulCollage® Institute

Expanding Your Relationship With Your SoulCollage® Cards Through Journal to the Self®

This course is for anyone who has made SoulCollage® cards. The true value of SoulCollage® Cards lies in integrating them into our lives to guide, heal, vision and transform ourselves as we move through the changes that life brings. If you are interested in exploring a deeper level of insight using your cards, Journal to the Self® writing techniques can support your journey. In the “soup of life” SoulCollage® cards are the ingredients, Journal to the Self® writing techniques are the spoon that blends those ingredients to create a delicious rich YOU! We will show you how doing “quick writes” can spark intuitive understanding and how longer writes can bring you to a deep level of wisdom.

Nine techniques are taught for writing during class and at home between sessions. All four suits are included in writing and discussion.

Co-facilitated with Laura Lyon, M.Ed., a collage artist for decades and SoulCollage® facilitator since January 2011. For over two years now, Laura and Carolyn have brought image-wisdom and word-wisdom together in their workshops to gently and playfully foster healing, transformation and wholeness.

Offered through the SoulCollage® Institute
$90 Plus $10 for CEU (6 CEUS)
Click here to register.