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Writing Yourself

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Enjoy a day-long immersive workshop on using journaling to connect you more fully with yourself and your sense of the sacred. You’ll experience a mashup of writing techniques and prompts based in ancient wisdom traditions as well as the contemporary science of positive psychology.

This workshop is structured around exploring five interlinked dimensions — body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit — to help you transcend your "small self" and connect with a happier, more enlightened version of you.

For each of the five dimensions, you’ll experience:

  • Inspiring stories and examples
  • Short guided writing exercises using varied prompts and techniques
  • Meditations, guided imagery, and centering rituals
  • Opportunities for connection and learning through reflective dialogue
  • Ideas and resources for establishing, expanding, or deepening your own journaling practice

We’ll close the day with a “best possible self” writing exercise that positive psychology research has shown to boost happiness in people of diverse life stages and circumstances.

Studies by scholars like James Pennebaker and Sonja Lyubomirski have repeatedly shown that expressive writing can be an effective way to boost emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. You’ll walk away from this workshop not only with tools for your future journaling practice, but with a deeper sense of joy and peace.

If you can write words on a page, this workshop is for you! Both newbies and experienced journalers are welcome, and can expect to reap many rewards.

Facilitator
Elaine Kiziah, PhD, 
is the voice behind See Change Studio, where she teaches, writes, and coaches on soulful approaches to time and life management — and about how to use journaling as a tool for transformation. Licensed in Virginia as an applied psychologist, Elaine has also completed extensive training with the Therapeutic Writing Institute. For 30+ years, she has used her own journaling to see her through many life transitions and, more recently, as a regular spiritual practice. A member of the Chrysalis faculty, Elaine is an award-winning trainer who brings warmth and depth of spirit to all of her programs.

Date and Time
Saturday, August 11 from 9am-3:30pm

Location
Chrysalis Institute
213 Roseneath Rd.

Cost
$150
$75 for Chrysalis Members

Membership is only $50/year. Become a member today. 

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