sunday-afternoon

May, 2015 Sunday Afternoon Walking and Writing-1

Does Writing Call to You as a Sacred Expression…
  A Place To Rest Your Heart on the Page With Your Words?  
OR
Perhaps It’s A Place To Come ALIVE?
 Whatever forms of expression you like, it matters not. 
Bring them with you. 
Or just show up and see what wants to reveal itself on the page.
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.
Many of us never had someone being a loving witness—fully paying attention to what we say and honouring who we are. The more we read out loud, the less we will be concerned about it being good, bad, right, wrong. We stop judging it.
It is not a critique group. Our souls flourish in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We grow strong in an atmosphere of kindness and respect, knowing we are being supported exactly as we are.
Many people arrive at my door for the first time wondering if they can write at all because they have been blocked for months or even years. Or they think they have no talent, or perhaps they are afraid of what might come out.
When these fledgling writers enter our sacred circle, everyone is welcomed, camaraderie is exchanged, no one is judged. 
It is then that they stop judging themselves. We have fun. Confidence grows. Words start to dance onto the page in the form of poetry, prose, song lyrics, blogs, fictional characters, memoir, stand up, etc.
Sunday Afternoon Writing Circles are an afternoon version of what participants experience in the Write Where You Are courseIf you are pondering taking Write Where You Are for a longer commitment and opportunity to deepen your writing experience with the same group of people each week, drop in on a Sunday to get a taste of the way I work.
Time: 2:30 – 4:45 p.m.
Location: #302 – 345 Michigan Street. It is between Oswego and Michigan, in a very pink building called “Dupont Villa.” You can’t miss it!

 

Testimonials

“Somewhere deep inside I knew I could write; I just didn’t know how to go about it. Thank 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 ever again.”

Tommy Bluestein

“A very valuable experience. I appreciate the tools you provided to help me open my heart and come alive, with laughter and with tears, some moments dredged from my memory. Your caring and generous nature is always supportive, urging us on but no pushing.”

Amanda

“Thank you in particular for creating an environment that’s cozy & homey & yet very professional. There is a great feeling of safety that you proved which has given me the confidence to not hate what I’m writing and sometimes even to be proud of what I’m writing.”  

Roz T.

“Thank you for providing us with stimulating exercises for us to enter our creative well and learn, learn, learn.”

Maxwell S.

“This series has given me the space to write and then voice my vision in life. I didn’t realize how clear it truly is and I didn’t’ really know how close I am to actually living this vision each day, each moment. Writing is precious to me because it has allowed me to sculpt my ideas, my dreams & my life. It allows me to reinvent myself each step of the way.”

Nathalie V.

“Thank you for having these writing groups and encouraging us all the way you do. It’s amazing how you can sincerely always find something positive to say. You always exhibit amazing patience, warmth and interest. You are a wonderful guide and I always feel safe in the environment that you provide.”  

Leslie N.

“I’m so glad I came to he class because I learned so much about writing and myself. It took me awhile to really relax and open up with everyone. I almost felt intimidated in the beginning. What a confidence builder to now feel equal to other writers. Thank you, June.”

Jennifer J.

“Write Where You Are was coming here, risking sharing and getting feedback. Laughing, crying and finding the courage to open the door a little wider and explore myself.”  

Chris P.

“I will always welcome the opportunity to be in your class – whether to hear your beautiful pieces, to grow as a writer under your tutelage or to just feel the wonderful comfort of being amongst a supportive network of friends.”

Helen D.

“Thank you for the innovative and inspiring exercises that have challenged my creative instincts in a field which I had previously ignored. I now have the confidence to explore the depths of my emotions and transform them into words on a page.”

Maya T.

“Dear June, when I put the pen to paper in the form which you taught me, my heart chakra 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 to get to the other side. Always, your approach is gentle, your manner is intensely present, your suggestions appropriate and always heart-felt. Thank you.”

Catherine Frieberg-Valaderes

 “Junie will be the most passionate and enthusiastic fan of your writing. She will hear and say back the words you have written; she will get the point you are writing. She will ask why, curious or sad when you do not dare to drop into your deeper powerful voice. She will see your greatest self when it emerges and celebrate with great joy and appreciation every new word, every phase of the writing, with you.”

 Susan Beach

“The sweet whisperings of your soul meet you on the page and something shifts. You strengthen. You begin to stand taller and one day you notice that your voice on the page has become your voice in the world.” —Junie Swadron

Sunday Afternoon Sacred Writing Circles

Drop-in fee: $20 at the door. Because space is limited, please RSVP to let me know you’re coming. Email me at junieswadron@hotmail.ca or call me at 250–813–0183 no later than 10 am Sunday morning. Thank you!

Time: 2:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Location: #302 – 345 Michigan Street. It is between Oswego and Michigan, in a very pink building called “Dupont Villa.” You can’t miss it!