We are living at a landmark moment in the history of Planet Earth, a time when the entire world has been catapulted into a Vision Quest- a rite of passage. Metaphorically, God has hit the reset button and we are all on a Hero’s Journey together.
Right now, we are all afloat in liminal time, the stage of the quest between no longer and not yet. It is a time for making meaning and listening deeply for guidance and inspiration about who we are and what we are becoming individually and as a society.
As the hero of your story, it is a time for celebrating your wisdom, courage, and the depth of your extraordinary experiences here on planet earth! As human beings we do this kind of deep work most gracefully in the company of good hearted, like minded others.
Join me for “The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir” – a 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, “The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir” 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 12 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.
Session 1: Journey Down the River of Your Life
Session 2: Angels in Your Life
Session 3: Sacred Enemies and Transformation
Session 4: Phoenix Rising: The Archetype of Death and Resurrection
Session 5: Voices of Your Ancestors
Session 6: Celebrating the Sacred
BONUS Session: October 18, 2022. Sharing more stories!
The stories of our lives, e.g. stories of resilience, magic, faith, failure, trauma, resurrection, purpose, humor, and destiny, are woven together by an invisible thread of grace. Following that thread can shine light not only on your past, but on your present and your 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 videoconferencing for $497.
The program starts Tuesday, September 6 and meets every week through October 11 (with a bonus session on October 18). 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!
“Magic that abounds in the everyday lives of beautiful stories and now new friends.” –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
We will offer 3 more sessions of The Gifts of Spiritual Memoir in 2022-23, each with a different theme: “I, Thou & Other”, “The Path of Your Soul’s Destiny” and “Sacred Midwives”. You may register at a reduced fee for additional sessions: second class = $477, third class= $457, fourth class = $437.
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 will be available through November 18, 2022.
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).