Write Yourself Free
An Online Women's Writing Series
WHAT? A six-week (LIVE) online writing series for women. Please be sure to read all of the information/description below & feel very free to ask any questions you may have. You can email me at writeyourselffree [!at] gmail.com with any questions.
WHEN? Classes are generally held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 4:00-6:00 PST via Zoom...(real-time togetherness).
WHERE? In the safety of your home (via Zoom).
PRICE? $200.00 for six week series
* This is an intimate circle of women (limited to 11)
* 5% of all proceeds will be donated to the amazing non-profit organization, Together Rising (for more information, please visit: www.togetherrising.org)
Julia's Write Yourself Free class shows us the way was within us all along. It’s not about good writing, it’s more about seeing. Being. Speaking. And being freed from self criticism and the bondage that the opinions of others can bring to us. It’s the field of spaciousness where we come face to face with life.
- Leah Griffith
In this six-week writing series, we will explore that holy field that poet, Rumi, speaks about, that field "beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing." The field beyond "good" and "bad." The field beyond censoring and judgment.
During our time together, we will let our pens go where they need to go. There will be no editing, no critiquing. Whether you are an experienced writer, a writer who can't seem to bring yourself to the page, someone who is longing for a safe, nourishing circle of women where you can see and be seen, hear and be heard, or/and you simply want a safe refuge during these turbulent times - this is your place. Consider it a sanctuary for your spirit, quiet away from the noise. A place to dive into your creative center and hear your own voice speak. A safe circle where you can write, in Natalie Goldberg's words "what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see and feel."
Please Note: You absolutely do not need to be a writer to find great richness in this class!
This 6-week offering is rooted in writing practice as developed by author, Natalie Goldberg, in her classic book, "Writing Down the Bones." Many years ago, I had the great honor of attending Natalie's writing retreats in Taos, New Mexico. I’m not sure I would have started sharing my writing or published a book/books without Natalie's permission to "feel free to write the worst junk in America." Natalie's permission and encouragement, along with my ongoing commitment to writing practice (which is all about separating the creator and the editor), is what gave and gives me the courage to show up and write. And to keep writing.
"The aim of writing practice is to burn through to first thoughts, to the place where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or the internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see and feel." Natalie Goldberg
Our weekly time together will include:
Mindful poetry. Short readings about presence, trust, courage, brave, wholehearted living, etc...
Periods of writing and listening, not from a place of judgment or analysis, or trying to be "good," but rather, from a place of deep presence, attention & acceptance.
Our own private Facebook page to connect & share during our six weeks together.
I would so love to have you join us!
From my heart and home to yours,
Julia brings a beauty and an acceptance that is utterly heartwarming, tender, and kind of like the comfiest couch you can ever imagine.
- Elloa Phoenix Barbour