Alison Dale is a writer and musician from Stratford who believes that creative expression is as a path to wellness and joy. She offers workshops that inspire others to reach into their own wells and draw up hidden treasures. Alison loves witnessing the magic that happens when people express themselves through words and music. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, most recently in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey (available on Amazon). She also sings and performs with a variety of music ensembles, and offers music exploration classes to adults with special needs.
Journaling: Meditative Practice & Greenhouse for Memoir Seedlings – Your life, and your perspective on it, is totally unique. Journaling is a powerful way to hone that perspective, while bringing relief, stillness, and often great insight. It is also gives you raw material that you can then turn into personal life stories. The journal can act as a greenhouse for these story seedlings, and help you gather them as part of your legacy. This workshop will explore different ways to journal, along with ways to start turning that material into memoir. Each participant will have a chance to write and share their own writing (if desired, not mandatory. Privacy is important to the writing process, too.) Expect to make some new discoveries about yourself. You have more to say than you know, and your life is worth writing about!
Journaling: Going Deeper and Writing Healing Stories – Writing opens inner pathways that allow deep clarity and insight. This workshop takes journaling to the next level. While it is not necessary to take the first workshop in order to attend this one, taking both allows a continued exploration of what wants to emerge. Come and see where your creative writing spirit will lead you – into more expressive writing to purge and clear more space within, or to story seedlings that want to be shaped into memoir for yourself, family or friends.
This is a healing weekend, and things do come up that need healing, so the workshop will include some containment rituals and a closure ceremony to hold sacred space for participants. In safe, sacred space, we are more free to voice or express things held inside, and writing is a beautiful conduit for this kind of release. Trust your own spirit that you will not be given more than you can handle, and come explore the treasures inside your own her-story and imagination.