I’m so happy to announce the next offering to deepen our shared journey into spiritual memoir.
In “I, Thou and Other” we’ll explore how we witness, relate and communicate with ourselves and others. This exploration will surely evoke insight and meaning as we listen deeply for guidance and inspiration about who we are and what we are becoming individually and as a society.
We do this kind of deep work most gracefully in the company of good hearted, like minded others. Together, we will celebrate your wisdom, courage, and the depth of your extraordinary experiences here on planet earth!
Join me for “I,Thou and Other” – the newest installment of The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir. In this 6-week live, interactive Zoom format program, together we will find the extraordinary joy of self-discovery, and the silver linings in old dramas and grieved losses, forgiven, celebrated and woven into beautiful tapestries from the multicolored threads of our lives. Write to discover, transform and love your life –you don’t have to be a ‘writer’. Everyone is welcome!
“The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir” uses a process steeped in positive psychology, neuroscience and meditation to help you feel calm, safe and open. That’s when creativity happens!
Positive psychology teaches us to look for what is right with us (not wrong with us), and when we know upfront that we will be supporting each other in a safe and loving way, the frontal cortex can stop patrolling whether what we write will be good enough, the self-censorship stops, and rich memories and images can flow up from our subconscious.
Neuroscience shows that in order to truly awaken imagination and creativity we must turn down activity in the parts of the brain, associated with rumination, anxiety and self-censorship.
Even ten minutes in the Meditative state can increase creativity, verbal learning and memory… and of course, meditation makes us feel open and relaxed through physiological changes and increases in positive emotions.
Perhaps most wonderfully, “I,Thou and Other” is designed to be deeply evocative of memories and imagery you didn’t even know you forgot… so it’s a really rich and often fun process of self-discovery. You will find out how fascinating your life really is.
How the Program Works
Each session is based on what I call the “Me-story & Mystery Process”. I will give a teaching or tell a story that illuminates a teaching, followed by a meditation and a writing prompt. This will prime your writing pump. Then you will write a story from your life on that topic for 15 minutes without editing, judging or polishing. We will then share our stories and insights both as a whole group and in small pods so that everyone will have airtime.
This gentle process evokes soulful, heartfelt memories you didn’t even know you’d forgotten, and offers you a caring and creative framework in which to shape them. Using my sensitive “readback” process in groups of 3, you will get thoughtful, positive feedback that will make you feel heard and received. It’s all about witnessing and honoring each other, and I know you’ll find this process so healing.
One of the perks of doing the workshop over 6 weeks, rather than a single weekend, is that, if you like, you can continue writing at home between sessions.
Program Outline – “I, THOU & OTHER”
Session 1: Your Sense of Self in the World
Session 2: Witnessing the Other
Session 3: Finding Your Voice
Session 4: The I-Thou Experience
Session 5: Our Circle of Trust
Session 6: Moving Toward an Inflection Point
BONUS Session: February 20, 2024. Sharing more stories!
The stories of your life, e.g. stories of resilience, magic, faith, failure, drama, resurrection, purpose, humor and destiny, comprise the “River of Your Life”. By following the invisible thread of grace that flows through the twists, turns, rapids, rich deltas, deep pools and narrows of that river, you’ll gain perspective not only on your past, but on your present and future.
What an auspicious time to support each other on our hero’s journey inward to seek meaning, clarity and hope for what is yet to come.
This rich and intimate group, whether sharing your own work, or helping another participant process theirs, is a precious opportunity to harvest the wisdom of our lives in the company of like-hearted others. Your presence matters, so please plan to attend the sessions live.
Join me for this interactive guided journey by live Zoom video conferencing for $497*.
The program starts Tuesday, January 9 and meets every week through February 13 (with a bonus session on February 20). Our Zoom video classes will be 2 hours long, beginning at 1 pm ET / Noon CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT.
This is going to be amazing!
* If you participated in Gifts of Spiritual Memoir in 2023 and want to register for this next installment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a discount code for the registration fee: $50 off if this is your second class, $60 off if this is your third class, or $70 if this is your fourth class.
Kudos for The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir:
These precious meetings each week have been so deep, true and meaningful. The phrase used in class: ‘holding the capacity and intention’ to deepen our connections as we witness, contribute and share moments in our lives that were and are transformational and so very authentic. A thousand thank yous. Sarah
“My need to commune with like-minded, heart-centered, spiritually aware beings was met in spades. Thank you all !!!” Kelly
“So heart opening. I have loved every second of this course. Thank you”. –Christina
“Thanks to Joan and Gilah for a flawless experience. And to all participants for showing up so fully and beautifully.” –Carolyn
“The best part of this experience was listening to the stories of others’ spiritual journeys and seeing how they reflect my own. I’m filled with encouragement and gratitude.” –Ron
“I am changed by this experience” –Ann
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Refund Policy & Course Material Access
Refunds will not be offered after the course begins.
All sessions will be recorded.
Intimate breakout rooms will not be recorded.
All course materials are downloadable, and will also be available online for 4 weeks following the final class.
Note: We use PayPal to process your credit card payments (at no extra charge to you). You do not need to have a PayPal account. Payments will be received by PayPal through Four Worlds Wellness, LLC. Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from PAYPAL*BORYSENKO (JoanBorysenkoCourse).