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Hi, I’m Junie Swadron.
You’ve arrived at the place
where your past can be re-written,
your future can be re-shaped
and your life can be transformed!
If you are ready to live the life you love, put the past to bed and live life fully in today, I can help!
I base my confidence from working for over 20 years as a psychotherapist, international speaker, workshop facilitator, professional writing coach – (I am passionate about coaching writers to become authors!) – an author and playwright. As well, I spend time as a peer support worker and certified facilitator of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) at the BC Schizophrenia Society, Victoria, BC Branch.
I have guided literally thousands of students and clients over the years in a unique process that completely transformed how they experienced their life journey. They were able to let go of old resentments, hurts and regrets and make peace with their past.
In my book, Re-Write Your Life, A Transformational Guide to Writing and Healing the Stories of Our Lives, I guide readers through that very process along with writing prompts that offer the same results.
What I have come to know is this:
Every story, no matter how painful, can become the elixir of healing, transformation and ultimately joy!
I am thrilled to be a columnist in the Downtown and Around magazine. Here, I answer questions and write responses which I hope will bless and encourage anyone in need.
The first question is: How do I find my life’s purpose? I hope you like my answer and I would truly appreciate if you left me a comment. Let me know what works for you.
Do you have a question? Be sure to send it in! Click here to read “Dear Junie”
Sunday Afternoon Sacred Writing Circles
The afternoon is about sharing from our hearts, it’s laughter, it’s friendship. It’s learning to stop judging our work, it’s sipping tea. It’s finding our voice and feeling safe to speak our words out loud. It’s about being authentic and kind. It’s about music and moving our bodies during the break. It’s about creativity and it’s about catharsis – allowing the writing to become our wise teacher. It’s poetry and it’s prose. It is short stories and drawings that we write from.In short, it’s a love fest, both on and off the page. All details here:
“Junie, these afternoons have renewed my creative spirit and I love the camaraderie of the participants. Thank you!”- Eve Sanders
“Junie, in my entire life I have known two people who are skilled in the art of listening in a way I truly feel heard – that what I have to say is of value, is important…that I matter. You are one of them.”– Deborah Hawkey
“Junie, it seems so simple and natural when you do it, but I don’t know anyone who hears and says back so clearly when I read my writing or speak my truth. You are the mirror who shines a light in the darkness just when I’ve convinced myself to give up, again. Thank you.”– Susan Beach
Write Where You Are
Everybody can write. Some people say that everyone can sing and I agree. After facilitating writing workshops for over 20 years, I also maintain that everyone can write. Read more
Madness, Masks and Miracles
It takes a tremendous amount of energy to put on a different face, one that masks your true emotions, one that fools the outside world into thinking everything is just fine and dandy. Read more
Are you writing a book? Are you dreaming of becoming a published author, or even getting that second or third book published, and you feel like you just can’t get to the finish line? Read more
Re-Write Your Life
Writing your life stories is a deep and powerful process that acknowledges and honours your life’s journey. This 8-week workshop is designed to assist you in remembering and… Read more
“I have attended Junie’s workshops a number of times and have found the tools she offers to be a gentle passage into self-awareness and healing. Her work stems from her own authentic life experience which calls you to face your life story with a profound honesty.”
–Rev. Doreen Holmes
“Somewhere deep inside I knew I could write; I just didn’t know how to go about it. Thanks you for the process you teach, thank you for the liberating safe space you provide and thank you because I can’t imagine not writing every again.”
“ When I put the pen to paper in the form which you taught me, my heart comes alive and stirs my soul into a recognition and familiarity I’ve never felt before. You have guided me through my frightened blur of confusion to a place of greater clarity and peace – given each of us a greater understanding of our worth, a reaffirmation that we can do it- and it’s worth the effort. ‘Always, your approach is gentle, your manner is intensely present, your suggestions appropriate and always heart-felt. Thank you!”
“I am so indebted to you. When I told you I was not comfortable in groups or sometimes not even leaving the house, you coached me privately on the telephone in a way that made me feel that we were together in the same room. I have learned so much; mostly that my writing has become my best friend and wise teacher. I have moved from a place of not believing in myself to a place where I am healthier and happier. I now get it when you say, “Your voice on the page becomes your voice in the world.” I am speaking up in ways I never have before and I feel almost ready to publish my poetry. Thank you!”