Are you a woman who…

Struggles with self-judgement and expressing what you hold inside?

Wants to write freely but feel blocked when you show up to the blank page?

Longs to connect with other women whose stories resonate with your own?

 

In a Journey Writing Circle you will:

Discover a safe space to unburden yourself and show up bravely to the page.

Receive Divine permission to share your truths without feeling judged.

Connect with yourself and others deeper than you’d imagine through writing.

 

About Journey Writing Circles

Millions of women and girls suffer in silence from low self-worth, self-doubt, and feelings of isolation, as if no one else in the world shares their struggles. 

They purge their deep, dark thoughts in journals hoping to get rid of them, which definitely feels cathartic…in the moment. 

Journaling alone is a brave practice; the blank page a witness to your truths.

But you can only go so deep when the blank page is your only mirror. 

I believe for deep healing to happen women need to journal together, in circle, each voicing her truth aloud and bearing witness to another’s journey through deep listening. 

Through the power of truth-telling and collective witnessing you feel seen, heard, and accepted. You realize you are not alone in your shame, and that we are essentially all the same. 

In circle, you come home to yourself and learn to stand proud in who you are. 

Learn more about the Journey Writing Circle Way

My Journey

I’ve experienced first-hand the healing power of writing and sharing my story and the transformational power of sitting in women’s circles and feeling accepted for who I am.  

My shame story began long ago, at age nine when I had low self-worth, zero confidence, and felt deep shame for being me. 

At fourteen I got hooked on dieting and within nine months I had full-blown Anorexia and spent the next decade of my life on the run from my feelings. 

I tried to find self-worth in sex, happiness in drugs and alcohol, comfort in cutting, and above all, salvation in starving. 

Throughout the decade of my anorexia, one way I tried to purge the pain of being me and the guilt and shame that anorexia piled on me was through journaling. 

I confided all my deep, dark secrets, my pain and confusion in my journals.

The blank page of my journal was my only witness. 

At 21 I had a spiritual epiphany and realized that if I didn’t surrender to Anorexia as a force greater than myself, I would die. 

Three years later, I found the will to want to be well. It came in a whisper but it was enough for me to say yes to an invitation to show up to my first eating disorder support group circle. 

That circle changed my life. 

When asked to say my name and speak my truth out loud, I covered my face and burst out crying. For the first time in a decade I let my vulnerability be seen. 

Even though my life was a self-destructive mess, I did not feel judged for who I was or where I was at by anyone in the circle. I felt accepted. I didn’t know it yet but my journey of recovery had begun. 

Two years later I had a powerful dream in which I was cradling a dying Anorexic girl in my arms. That dream was the seed that grew into my book Being Ana: a memoir of anorexia nervosa

I began by compiling and transcribing every single journal entry relevant to my Anorexic journey. Those memories serve as the backbone of my book. 

Looking back, I now realize that writing and rewriting my book to share with the world coupled with continuing to attend women’s circles were the cornerstones of my emotional recovery. 

But it was not until almost 20 years later when I joined a healing writing circle with Laurie Wagner of 27 Powers that these two seemingly disparate parts of my life came together. 

Laurie introduced me to a practice in which you write stream-of-consciousness in a circle of women held in trust and each person bears witness to another’s journey through deep listening. 

From the first time we wrote together, I was hooked. Years of writers’ block I endured after the birth of my son melted away. I was suddenly in the flow of words, writing fearlessly again. 

I found what I had been searching for. 

I took Laurie’s teacher training and since then have been leading Journey Writing Circles for women, which I know is my life’s work.

I am honored to be a circle holder, to show that there’s courage in vulnerability, and to model how writing truth heals. 

It is both my gift and passion to work with the power of writing and witnessing, in sacred circle, to help women and teen girls voice their journeys, feel seen and heard, let go of shame, and stand proud in who they are. 

If you feel called to this work or to share it with your people, welcome to the circle! 

No more hiding your truths. 

No more feeling alone and unseen. 

You will write like there is no tomorrow. 

Check out which circle is right for me!

Want to check out upcoming circle dates and times? 

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Creds

  • I have worked as a journalist writing feature stories, human interest stories, and opinion columns for newspapers such as the Mail & Guardian and The Sunday Times, and as a copywriter, content producer, blogger, and marketing manager
  • I published my book Being Ana: a memoir of anorexia nervosa with She Writes Press in 2017. My book won numerous indie awards including: Winner of 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Memoir category and Winner of 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards in the Women’s Health Category
  • I was the program coordinator for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in 2010
  • My book has been required reading at the National Eating Disorders Association’s helpline, at Bastyr University’s psychology department, and San Francisco State University’s women’s health department  
  • I have done book readings at Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle and Book Passage in California, and given talks at treatment centers, high schools, community colleges and universities
  • I presented on the healing power of writing your story at a NEDA conference in NY, 2017
  • I was interviewed about my book on KPFA Women’s Magazine in Berkeley, CA 
  • Years of sitting in therapy and healing my own pain helped me become a deep listener
  • Years of sitting in women’s circles helped me become an intrepid circle holder
  • Having healed my own pain and shame I am now able to hold and witness that of others

 

Gratitude

I give deep thanks to the following mentors in my life: 

 

Graham Alexander for leading me to my recovery and facilitating my very first women’s circle. 

Kate Martiny for teaching me what truly holding space for others feels like. 

Linden Gross for coaching me on how to rewrite my book with absolute honesty and integrity. 

Brooke Warner for publishing my book with style and dignity and giving it wings. 

Laurie Wagner for sharing the work of Journey Writing—waking me up to my life’s calling. 

This work runs deep. It’s Real. It’s Raw.

You belong here. I can’t wait to welcome you into the circle!

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