My yoga studio closed down. I was left without my weekly yoga classes. And with this closure went much of my yoga community. Like identifying myself as a writer, I am also a Yogi. But it’s hard to practice yoga alone at home. I pull out my mat and do some asanas but not for the full hour I get from class. Also missing is the connection to the teacher (who was phenomenal), and the other yoga students who gifted me with community. There are also some postures that I just don’t like doing at home alone, sans support.
I am in search of another yoga teacher and studio that works for me, where I can practice my yoga and build my community. I’m sure to find one because I believe that which I am searching for is also searching for me (be it a publisher, lover or yoga teacher). Everything happens through these connections.
My writing and transformational circles are based on Parker J Palmer’s circles of trust and 30 years of my own research and work on forming safe and dynamic circles. My first book, published in 1989, included setting up healing groups for families and friends of those with chronic mental illness. I made sure that the publisher (Doubleday) didn’t use the word “cope” in the title. Getting drunk every day is a way to cope, just not a skillful one. I left a Sangha after a decade of participation when I realized it was community I truly sought, not enlightenment. They lacked the community element.
In my writing circles we form bonds where we are able to explore our capacities as writers, get encouragement and guidance. Everyones writing improves as you participate in circle. A consistency of showing up to circle cultivates our writing (or yoga) practice. Showing up on the mat or to the page is elemental to our success as yogis and writers.
Joining others helps us show up to the page.
Join me and other writers in safe and dynamic circles. I have a few openings in my writing circles starting this September and October. (My Tuesday morning one in Mount Horeb is small with only 6 writers. I have room for 2 more). With my circles you give yourself community, encouragement, and some of the best mentoring and guidance from me, your Writing Sherpa. You give yourself accountability. I will give you some writing prompts along the way.
My Monthly Transformative Circle: The Red Thread: Touching Reality in our Everyday Lives, which starts up this September and meets one Thursday evening a month, is based on my upcoming book. We gather once a month to support each other’s spiritual and creative lives.
Also, I am offering my first yoga and writing retreat with Molly Chanson this August. The retreat is held at Holy Wisdom Monastery so you can choose to return home at night or stay the night at HW. (See below)
Finally, come meet me and other writers at a free Writers' Retreat Monday August 19th from 10 it'll 4:00. Email me for details.
Magic happens at these gatherings.
Join us this August! Mind, Body, Word: 3 Days of Yoga and Writing
If you haven't signed up, it's time!! If you already signed up, we are so excited to spend these days with you! We will explore and renew Self on the mat and the page. Yoga and writing combine as lenses to explore the True Self. Attend to deepen or awaken your yoga and writing practices! This is sure to be a magical 3 days and we hope to see you there!
Meet Molly Chanson
Molly will complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training in July at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Molly has practiced yoga for over 25 years, and is writing her first book. Learn more about Molly here.
All Write Wednesdays: World into Word
All Write Wednesdays is a blog about living the writer's life. Everything in our lives is material. Read all of the All Write Wednesdays posts.
Zero Point Blog
The Zero Point blog shares my teachings about living your life from the inside out and becoming the cause rather than the effect of your life. Read all of the Zero Point posts.
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Julie lives in Mount Horeb WI where she walks her dog through Stewart Park, gardens her corner lot, attends yoga at Bliss Flow Yoga in Madison and waits for spring 11 months of the year. She is author of The Zero Point Agreement & ten other books. She also writes for the local Mount Horeb paper and in her free time listens in on others' conversations at Sjolinds.