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



DAYTIME: The second Friday of every month
my home in Westminster near 120th and Sheridan

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

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.

September, 2017

Saturdays September 16 - November 11

Learning to Love Our Bodies
Eight-Week Group

Positive Pathways
165 Cook Street Suite 10 Denver CO 80206
720 606 3242

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.

In this intimate group of women, you'll use JOURNAL WRITING & ART CREATING to explore and heal your relationship with your body.

Over the course of this 8-week group, you'll explore
  • experiences of your body throughout your life
  • ways your body works for you
  • current habits and new ways of thinking
  • caring for your unique body in your circumstances
  • stories and wisdom you body has to tell you
  • the fun-house mirror effect of body image and ways to step free
You'll leave with a changed story of your physical self and a reclaimed birthright to adore the pleasures of your body!

Your body can be your best friend for a lifetime. Come learn the tool to create this loving partnership.

Feedback from a participant in a prior workshop:
I just spent eight weeks with the most vibrant, diverse group of women who came together to find their authentic body love. The material and the process left me energized and inspired and truly able to look in the mirror with the eyes of kindness. I am deeply grateful to Carolyn and the women who bravely showed up each week. The final celebration is something that will stay with me for a long time to come. I have my materials, poems, resources, writing prompts, and all my beautiful and cherished "beauty in you" cards in my notebook close at hand for the journey forward.

Art therapy segments conducted by Jeung-il Tsumagari, BA, who is an EDIT™ Counselor Intern at Positive Pathways and masters-level student at Naropa University.

Early Bird Price $345 if paid in full by August 31st. Regular price $450.
$20 materials fee due a the first gathering includes the book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!).

Need a payment plan? Please ask!
Call for more info: Positive Pathways 720 606 3242
Register at Positive Pathways

October 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1:30 - 4:15pm

Let's Talk: a series designed to promote community conversations to allow for compassion and a broader understanding of the human experience

Broomfield Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library
3 Community Park Rd.
Broomfield, CO 80020
720 887 2300

Session One of Let's Talk
Out Boulder County presents Speaking Out
LGBTQ+ panelists share their stories and answer questions
Carolyn Jennings' Writing Our Wings offers Journaling Your Truest Self

Journaling Your Truest Self provides an opportunity for you to be and express all of who you are, enabling more possibilities to open to you. In this compassionate writing journey, you will be guided to spend time with the many parts and layers of you. You will leave revitalized in acceptance and embrace of your entire complex self. The writes are short and friendly. Program is for teens and adults.

Free event. Registration required.
Register here

Monday, October 23, 2017, 4 to 7pm

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

Creative Life Center just off of Highway 36 and Sheridan Blvd
8778 Wolff Ct Suite 207, Westminster, CO 80031

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.

Registration $45 to $60.
Reduced rates for early registration (before October 10), students, CAP members, Sondermind members, iaedp members and EDF volunteers.
Register through Eventbrite.

November, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 to 4pm
Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning
Platt Middle School
6096 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO 80303

Finding the Light in the Holidays

'Tis the season of "ho, ho, ho" or, for many of us "oh no! oh no!" This workshop is a refuge from "holidaze," a time for you. In fast, friendly, fun writes, you will ponder what your needs are this holiday season, how you can face challenges, and what matters to you in how you choose to celebrate. Our container will be love and kindness, compassion and encouragement—the true gifts of the season. Come join others on this gentle journal journey.

$49 paid to Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning
Please register at the BVSD LLL web site

December, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 2 to 5pm
my home in Westminster near 120th and Sheridan

TENTH ANNUAL Finding the Light in the Holidays

'Tis the season of "ho, ho, ho" or, for many of us "oh no! oh no!" This workshop is a refuge from "holidaze," a time for you. In fast, friendly, fun writes, you will ponder what your needs are this holiday season, how you can face challenges, and what matters to you in how you choose to celebrate. Our container will be love and kindness, compassion and encouragement—the true gifts of the season. Come join others on this gentle journal journey.

$30 Please RSVP
You are welcome no matter how much you can pay.

January, 2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018 2 to 5pm
my home in Westminster neary 120th and Sheridan

TENTH ANNUAL! Writing the Wings of the New Year

Welcome the new year in a celebration of community and writing to set intentions, gather tools, tend dreams.

$30 Please RSBP
You are welcome no matter how much you can pay.

Bring a journal, a fast-moving pen and a friend!

September, 2018

September 14 - 16, 2018
Franciscan Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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 wholeness will be supported by collage, guided writes, poetry, 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.

The Franciscan Retreat Center is a quiet and peaceful oasis in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. It is conveniently located on the western edge of Colorado Springs but a world away from the city. The natural beauty of the surrounding grounds and an outdoor labyrinth kindle reflection and rest. All meals are provided in the community dining room, and special dietary requirements are accommodated. The large meeting space is conducive to our gathering in community and will remain open for SoulCollage® card making and writing.

"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 five years, Laura and Carolyn have brought images, guided meditation, poetry and writing together in their workshops to foster healing, transformation and wholeness.

Retreat begins with our first gathering on Friday, September 14 at 4:00 pm.
Retreat ends with a closing circle on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 pm.

Fee for Workshop, Lodging and Meals:
  • $450 early bird rate for a shared room, materials, meals and snacks, and fee for entire retreat ($500 after June 1, 2018)
  • $75 suppliment for a single room
  • Payment plan is available. $100 non-refundable deposit by check due upon registration
Registration must be received by August 1, 2018.
Payment must be made by check or PayPal at time of registration.
To register, contact Carolyn Jennings at Contact me.


Cancellation policy: Full refund minus a $25 processing fee before August 1st. No refunds after August 1st.

Coming Spring 2018

Four-Week Group
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.

Please check back for registration details.

$150 Early Bird
$175 Regular Rate

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.