Writing Coach for poetry, memoir, spiritual autobiography, personal growth & transformation, essay, & short or long form fiction.
I can help you start a project, critique & edit one, or design
custom writing classes for individuals or small groups.
Generally, I help a person design a writing project or develop an existing one over a time period that works for them, with weekly feedback, critique, & advice. These can run from 4 to 12 weeks. I also do manuscript assessment and critique, develop a revision plan, or I can do one-time feedback or editing.
For every true story, there are multiple seemingly opposing ones: you’re the star in your own movie, the villain in someone else’s, the goofy sidekick in another, a walk on part here, a major player there. It’s hard to hold the idea that truth is in the convergence of these stories, harder still to remain kind, forgiving, curious, and vulnerable in the places where our stories crash into other people's. How do ego and fear trigger our self-protective habits, ones that limit our vision, so we can’t see what might be possible? We belong to each other, past, present, & future. We can only heal as much as we are willing to help others in their healing.
Whole generations believed you kept silent about feelings, trauma, suffering. Silence and secrets were seen almost as virtues. Looking through old family photos this negative of a child on a swing reminds me that it’s not just the happy memories we need to remember. It may be the dark ones that open us to a fuller, more compassionate understanding of ourselves. "We grow through what we’ve gone through" only really works if we enter the pain. And believe we will come out the other side. A friend said he wonders if we can ever really heal, but maybe we can keep the wounds from getting bigger. Or passing them on.
Hurt people hurt people,
& Healed people heal people.
Sound bowl sessions for groups or individuals
Group sessions are available for ten or more people, are an hour and a half long and include a discussion of vibration, coherence, entrainment, bio-musicality, the effects of sound psycho-emotionally, and healing & meditative uses of the bowls historically, & an immersive a sound bath experience. Workshops can be done at your home or other location and can be designed for your group's needs.
Individual sound bath & healing sessions are one of my favorite things to do, & they can be deeply relaxing and stress reducing, or they can be used to facilitate deep self reflection & psycho-emotional work including contract ending, ancestral or familial wound healing, & intention & goal setting, as well as visioning. These can be powerful experiences & are designed with the individual's needs in mind & the expectation of opening to more joy, personal clarity, opportunities for forgiveness, clearing confusions, or claiming more self-agency.
When I do this work with someone, I operate from a practiced intuitive, meditative state of consciousness that attunes me to the individual to assist them in connecting to their inner guidance as we gently work on health or life situations. These are usually 45 to 60 minute sessions, done in my space or, by arrangement, can be done where the client needs me.
They say, if your heart never breaks, you spiritually starve, yet one's capacity for joy and empathy is directly related to the processing of trauma, guilt, shame, betrayal, & all of the suffering that teaches us how to be more fully human. This is not done easily, and we can become trapped in an armor of unprocessed familial or individual griefs that inhibit our ability to be authentic, vulnerable, open- hearted, & healthily inter-dependent with those we most love, & sometimes, even with ourselves. This work can help with that.
Our hearts are drums,
& tones & vibration can help with lowering heart rate & increasing coherence, which is about rhythm & the synchronization of the sympathetic & para--para-sympathetic nervous systems, aiding in deep relaxation & receptivity. In groups, this can lead to emotional bondedness, more empathy, & a collective sense of wellbeing & energetic connected-ness.
The more we practice this process, the less reactive we are, the less triggered, while becoming more responsive, authentic, with safe boundaries, but more open-ness. Sound bowl sessions are one modality that aids this kind of growth.