"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."
~ Rumi




Simply stated, expressive writing is the act of putting thoughts and feelings on paper. In a group led by an experienced facilitator trained in poetry therapy and/or journal therapy, writing and sharing with others brings fresh insights, personal growth, and healing.

Learning to speak one's own truth can be very therapeutic. In fact, research studies point to the health benefits, both physical and mental, which often result from writing about feelings.

Group leaders use thoughtful poetry or prose selections, stories, creative exercises, and stimulating writing prompts. Poetry is especially suitable, because its condensed language and structure heighten emotions and meaning through the use of metaphor, imagery, and rhythm. In the process of responding to and writing about the literature, participants learn to find and to trust their authentic voices.

Journaling in an expressive writing group, participants are free to express their thoughts without judgment, reflect on feelings without guilt or shame, and experience their emotions without being overwhelmed. Reflective journaling helps bring concerns into focus. As those concerns are shared, writers are often surprised to find that others are on a similar journey.

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