WEEKLY DROP-IN WRITING WORKSHOPS
Two hours of spontaneous writing that will get you all fired up to keep going!
Sundays, 2 pm – 4 pm (Pacific Time) in person and on Zoom
Sunday Sacred Writing Circles are now paused until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
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Make time for the things that matter to you
Give your most creative ideas a chance to emerge in a judgement-free environment.
The only way to access your most brilliant ideas is to create the conditions that allow them to emerge. When you are in a focused, safe, creative environment, guided by an expert, you may be surprised by what comes out on the page.
Writing has the power to stop time, cut through the extraneous, and take us home to our heart. In these workshops we write to a prompt for a set amount of time. You’ll learn the fundamentals of moving past the head and into the heart of writing.
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
Does writing call to you as a sacred expression?
Or perhaps it’s a way to come alive? Whatever it means for you, you are welcome. Come and find out what wants to reveal itself on the page when you join a sacred circle of writers.
The process 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 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.
This 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, or whatever your current mode of expression happens to be.
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
What’s new for 2023?
After 20 years of facilitating Sunday circles with amazing results, we are keeping the best and adding even more!
You’ll be guided by my lifetime of using writing as both a creative and cathartic tool, 30 years as a professional writing coach, and drawing from my Amazon best-selling books, WRITE WHERE YOU ARE: A Book For Those Who Dream Of Writing But Don’t Know Where To Begin, RE-WRITE YOUR LIFE: A Transformational Guide to Writing and Healing the Stories of Our Lives, and YOUR LIFE MATTERS: 8 Simple Steps to Writing Your Story.
Each Sunday we’ll explore different themes. We’ll still be using stream-of-consciousness writing as our method — in other words, no editing, no concerns about spelling, punctuation or grammar, no critiquing, simply the joy of writing and the mystery of what will flow out of your pen.
However, there will be themes and prompts and writing tools and writing from all genres — prose, poetry, sestinas, song lyrics, you name it . . .
Each month, we’ll explore some of these universal themes with a brief teaching followed by a writing prompt:
- Primary relationships
- Covid 19 — we are still traversing everything from fear to creative choice and resilience
- Spirituality — love, light, miracles, and levity
- Grief and trauma — writing to assuage the pain and empower you
- Significant moves
- Significant relationships
- Change as a constant
- And so many more!
Give yourself the benefit of a focused, safe, creative environment, guided by an expert so that you can create your best, most brilliant work.
It truly has been a sacred circle, to be able to go so deep within myself to places that often hurt, to clear the pain and move further into my healing and also to go deep within to revel in my blessings. Then to be witnessed and to witness the others. What a privilege!Rae Bilash
Join us on Sundays, 2 pm – 4 pm (Pacific Time) in person and on Zoom
Step 1: Register via the button below, which will take you to my Calendar. Book your spot on Sunday at 2:00 pm PT.
You will then be directed to the Payment page, where you can pay between $18 – $25 (Financial flexibility to help you if necessary).
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After registering, watch for an email from Calendly confirming your registration and containing the link for the workshop with the subject line: “Confirmed: Sunday Sacred Writing Circle with Junie Swadron on (date)”
If you are receiving this as a complimentary gift offered in a workshop, the expiry date is Dec. 31st, 2022. Please write to my executive assistant, India, with the name and date of the workshop you attended to confirm your complimentary access.
The Sunday Afternoon Sacred Circles has a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you do not give 24 hours advance notice of needing to withdraw from the circle, payment will not be refunded.
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
About Junie Swadron
Junie Swadron is an author, psychotherapist, speaker, workshop facilitator, and professional writing coach. She has spent the last thirty years guiding thousands of students in writing and sharing their life stories through a deep and powerful process that completely transformed how they experienced their life journey.
Junie has married her psychotherapy skills and book coaching skills into helping writer’s become authors to work with whatever emotions might arise — on the spectrum from resistance to excitement to published author!
She has worked extensively with therapy and the arts since 1989. Junie has an innate ability to tune into the root cause of a situation and bring awareness and clarity to her clients in order for them to make sense of their lives and heal their pain. Junie moved from Toronto in 1998 where she was a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, certified life skills coach, and worked in private practice as well as at a well-known drug and alcohol facility.
NEED WRITING PROMPTS BETWEEN SUNDAYS?
Junie’s book, Write Where You Are: A Book for Those Who Dream of Writing but Don’t Know Where to Begin, offers foolproof and often hilarious solutions to get even the biggest sceptics writing. It’s a guidebook that takes away all the fears you have locked in the closet.
Toss out perfection and replace it with colours, shapes, anger, joy, humour, heartbreak and whatever else that wants to come out of hiding.
This approach to writing will stop the judging and allow you to rest your heart on the page. This brings about spaciousness, creative freedom, and confidence. Learn more, read passages from the book, and purchase your copy here.