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Coming to the Zen Adventure Treehouse, Fall/Winter 2012

The Art of Life: Journaling as a Wellness Practice

Writing in a journal is a powerfully transformative and mysterious practice that helps us to reduce stress, gain clarity, listen deeply, record thoughts and moments, and envision dreams.  It is convenient, personal, and inexpensive and offers an endless wellspring of inspiration.  During class, we will practice the art of journaling through writing exercises aimed at reflecting, relieving, honoring, envisioning, and being.  Participants will leave with ideas, materials, and inspiration to begin or deepen their own journaling practice.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  It’s about creating yourself.” -Unknown

Zen Adventure Treehouse, Minneapolis, MN

2nd Wednesday of each month for six months beginning October 10, 2012-March 13, 2013.

6:30-8:00pm          Cost: $180.00

The “Zen Adventure Treehouse” is a residential urban writing retreat in Minneapolis. Contact us to register for this class.

Dreamkeepers: Writing and the Art of Creative Visualization

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create visions of what you want in your life.  Writing about your dreams and aspirations is an act of faith in yourself and brings you one step closer to them.  During this advanced journaling workshop, we will continue deepening our writing practice by using visualization strategies to empower ourselves and identify the dreams we are meant to live.  This workshop is based on the belief and philosophy that we all have gifts and talents to contribute to this world–the challenge is to quiet the voices outside so we can better hear the voices within, and consciously live our lives, our stories.  “The Art of Life” is recommended, but not a prerequisite.

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver

Zen Adventure Treehouse, Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

7:00-9:00pm          Cost: $50.00

The “Zen Adventure Treehouse” is a residential urban writing retreat in Minneapolis. Contact us to register for this class.

The Art and Therapeutic Benefit of Journaling

Journaling is a powerful wellness practice that enables us to process traumatic and life-changing events, gain clarity, release inhibited emotions and thoughts, reduce stress, understand ourselves within the context of our lives, and engage in deep reflection.  This practice inspires self-inquiry and reflection, thus deepening self-knowledge and cultivating emotional intelligence.  Journaling is accessible, affordable, and effective as an alternative form of therapy or in addition to traditional therapy, furthering therapeutic goals.

During this experiential workshop, participants will:

*Receive research-based information about the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of journaling.

*Be guided through a specific sequence of writing exercises, explicitly demonstrating how to guide clients and patients into the blank pages of their journals.

*Be given a tool for personal and professional self-reflection and wellness.

*Experience the power of journaling as an alternative therapeutic strategy.

Participants will leave this workshop feeling elevated and inspired, not only with concrete information for an alternative therapeutic strategy to help clients and patients, but also with a tool to nurture their own personal and professional lives.

“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers ‘Grow, grow.’”  -The Talmud

This workshops is intended as professional development workshop for: counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, school guidance counselors, educators, art therapists, group therapists, cognitive/behavioral therapists, hospice counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and occupational therapists.

Participants may earn three credit hours toward their Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).  It is the responsibility of the participant to ascertain if this offering meets the needs for their CEU’s. Workshops may be held onsite or offsite in the Zen Adventure Treehouse, a residential writing retreat in Minneapolis. 

The “Zen Adventure Treehouse” is a residential urban writing retreat in Minneapolis. Contact us to register for this workshop.

“Janna and the Treehouse were so welcoming. Upon arriving, I instantaneously felt a good energy and that only continued as the workshop began and we spoke about our reason for coming. I appreciated both the conversation with other participants and the time to write. At the end, I was wishing for more time, both to write and share! The workshop has made me excited about writing in my journal again. It’s been many years since I had a regular journaling practice and in the few days since the workshop I have already written in my journal twice. Thank you, Janna, for re-igniting my fire to find and continue to tell my story.” -Amy L.

“For anyone who was thinking about writing a journal but hesitating for whatever reason, this class provides a great starting point.  It will give you the motivation and help take away any fears and obstacles that might get in the way.” -Valerie D.

“Loved the space.  Felt like I was on vacation/escaping.” -Anne. S.

“This is a great opportunity to explore your own personal growth and development.” -Susan F.

“A safe place to write.  Energizing.  Inspirational.” -John M.


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