This class has been designed for and offered to those who feel overwhelmed by life's challenges or those who feel too stuck to make a plan for something more.
Each week, participants will be given a poem and prompts that will gently guide them in journaling and poetry writing exercises (and optional "supporting exercises" for those who want to go deeper into the work).
By using creativity of writing, participants will begin to identify what weight needs to be unpacked and how, and begin to re-pack what is most important and meaningful to them.
Week 1 - "Naming Things"
Each week, I will provide poems and journaling/poetry writing prompts to help you identify and release the mental, emotional, spiritual or physical weight that is slowing your life. I will also provide optional supporting exercises designed to support your emotional processing of what's coming via your writing. Examples are to buy a plant (even if you don't have a green thumb) that you will care for and observe as we go through this series, or dance in front of a mirror as a way to celebrate your releasing of toxic emotions (and, for some, to move outside of your comfort zone).
Week 2 - "Balancing Act"
Last week we looked at what you’re carrying. This week, we’re going to take it a step farther. How are you balancing what you’re carrying? How does the weight feel? Is it too heavy? Just right? Chances are there are some things you’re carrying that you are ready to let go. Before we get to the letting go stage (next week) let’s linger here a little longer for clarity.
Week 3 - "Letting Go"
Week 1 you looked at what you’re carrying and you named all of it. Placing names and calling things as they are are powerful tools! Then, last week you looked how are you balancing what you’re carrying. How the weight feels. This week we’re focusing on what you can, and are ready and willing to let go of. It’s time, right?
Week 4 - "Unpacking"
When we commit to doing (thinking) something new or different we are often sidetracked by common challenges. This week, you will look at what you believe will try to and may “trip you up” as you move forward with letting go and beginning again. Awareness, after all, is one of our greatest tools to living a full and wonderfully authentic life.
Optional Bonus (added as a gift to end week 4): "New Venture"
Now that you've identified what you need to let go of, it's time to begin to think of “new ventures.” This week you looked at all the places in your life and all of what you’re carrying and blessed it, as well as began to think about how you could “live out your ecstasy on earth.” Now that you’ve given some thought to (and hopefully let go of) what is holding you back, what is your new voice saying to you? Where are you headed now?
This is an online class. Each week, a new week will open full of resources, reflections, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week perusing resources and readings, answering a discussion question, engaging in several writing prompts, and responding to peers’ work. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.
Jacinta V. White is a published poet and a 2017 recipient of the Duke Energy Regional Artist grant. She has been facilitating group and individual poetry writing sessions -- using poetry as healing -- for more than 15 years, through her company, The Word Project. Just three years ago, Jacinta launched Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing -- an international online journal publishing poetry, creative nonfiction and photography. Knowing from personal experience the healing balm poetry provides, Jacinta is committed to assisting others and expanding the conversation on art and healing. Read more at jacintawhite.com.
"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044