and journaling are potent expressions for many on The Healing Bridge.
As one of our interviewees, Diana a sculptor said: “Truly,
writing was my saving grace.” It serves as a life raft, a
work of art, a clarifying tool, an intimate companion . . . and
so much more. Writing is a natural and graceful bridge to healing.
And as The Healing Bridge grows into our expanded mission
it is a joy to offer interactive resources to Healing Bridge members
and website participants. Come join us as we proudly showcase Virginia
McKinnie’s extraordinary talent and heart to guide you
through your own sacred healing story.
the bridge between creativity and healing
our personal journeys of healing, we each contribute something unique
to the world. Writing about our lives, our struggles and triumphs,
our insights and lessons, and the healing we have experienced helps
us organize and solidify our own wisdom. Writing also gives us a
platform from which we can reach out and share our experiences with
others. Our shared healing and hope creates community as we build
bridges between individuals.
stories are healing.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
healing benefits of writing
There are numerous pathways for healing in the personal stories
on The Healing Bridge. As a contributor to The Healing Bridge Project,
Virginia found the process of telling her story as profoundly healing
as the actual experience she was recounting. Perhaps even more so,
because, as she says, "I was given a forum, a container
and boundaries if you will, in which I could create meaning and
transformation." For Janet another contributor, her healing
story was: "Like a self-portrait, it got beneath the veneer
of my life – and showed me things that I had forgotten about
myself, as well as revealing new aspects of my being."
TO HELP YOU CONNECT TO THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF YOUR HEALING
STORY, THE HEALING BRIDGE PROJECT OFFERS: “Writing Your Life
Experience: Your Own Healing Story Through Personal Journaling.
In this course, you will be guided through your own experience of
the mind, body and spirit connection through personal writing. Our
purpose is not to be exhaustive, but rather to spark a process of
writing and examination that will hopefully become a valuable reference
and tool for your continued growth.
"writing your life experince"
this course you will:
create an expressive timeline of your life
your personal healing process
the interconnection of seemingly disparate parts of life
identify your sources of healing
to use journaling as an ongoing healing tool
an on-line community to support your creative and healing process
are no ‘shoulds’ in this workshop, no judgments or grades,
no success or failure. Every level of writer is honored for his
or her authentic voice. There is only the truth of your own life.
US in the online workshop, Writing Your Life Experience:
Your Own Healing Story through Personal Journaling.
workshop is offered both as an interactive workshop and as a download
class for those people who wish to work the materials independently
(i.e., without instructor feedback). The materials sent out are
the same for each class, though the interactive format offers more
opportunities and suggestions for writing.
1. One-on-one online workshop includes:
weekly download via MSWord, including writing prompts and activities
for you to explore, write about and send to the instructor for
a response via email. Courses begin and weekly downloads will
be sent on Mondays of each week.
begin on Mondays when the weekly downloads are available.
or two additional comments and personal instructions and suggestions
each week will be provided by email, based upon your submitted
text. For example, upon reading your submission, I might ask
for more details, make suggestions concerning follow up topics,
point out passages that appear to be pivotal, or generally respond
to what you have written.
the end of course there will be an opportunity to join in on
a conference call with Virginia McKinnie and The Healing Bridge
Project director, Dr. Jane Hart.
will be a forum for discussions with other personal journal-keepers
through email lists and group dialogues.
2. Downloaded class to be done at your own pace. This download
the workshop materials, but with no interaction with the instructor.
your course work coincides with our conference call we invite
you to join us.
One: Focus on your unique view -- thinking about who you
are in context of the rich fabric of your life. Start to develop
your own voice and perspective and your own unique writing style.
Week Two: Focus on your physical being -- paying
attention to the lessons taught by the body. Concentrate on description,
linking fact to feeling.
Week Three: Focus on the sexual aspect of our bodies –
exploring issues around sexuality and gender roles.
Week Four: Focus on your creative self -- listening for
what you would like to say versus what you think you ought to say.
Work on opening to your creative voice and bringing it out into
Week Five: Focus on your spiritual self, exploring
the interrelationship between the sacred and the everyday life.
Week Six: Summation of the past five weeks of writing,
with emphasis on the interrelatedness of your healing journey.
duration of the class
FACILITATED-INTERACTIVE workshop consists of six sections, held
over a six-week period. Because this workshop is highly personalized,
participants may extend the time they need for certain segments
of the course. This can be worked out with the instructor as necessary.
The OFFLINE COURSE can be completed at your own pace. All six weeks
of material will be sent to you when you register.
section and weekly download may include the following:
A brief introduction concerning the materials
-- including some tips on how to make your writing more effective
not only as a means of healing but also as an art form. These
two ends are surprisingly similar.
Quotes and Comments for suggested readings
– many of which will be pulled from the various stories
Writing prompts and activities – usually
consisting of questions to get you writing on each topic. Also
included are activities that are not just about writing. Frequently,
we are most creative when we are not consciously being creative.
All information and writings shared during this workshop will
be held in confidence.
classes are on-going, with enrollment being available at any time.
basic understanding of English and a willingness to explore and
develop your personal life and healing process, access to the internet
and the ability to view, create and email Word.doc files.
Instructor-Interactive Workshop – Special
offer of $79.95
(Workshop valued at $89.95)
Workshop – Special
offer of $49.95
(Course valued at $59.95)
course facilitator, Virginia McKinnie,
was born and reared in West Tennessee, the daughter
of a Methodist minister and an elementary school teacher.
A prize-winning poet, and published free-lance writer,
essayist, technical writer, editor and journalist, Virginia
has been writing for over 25 years, including creating
and developing marketing and communications literature
for several firms in the investment industry. She has
an MA in Literature from the University of Warwick in
Coventry, England, and is a graduate of the three year
Spiritual Psychology Training Program and is a certified
teacher of Woman Wisdom Training.
Virginia maintains a private practice as a writing mentor
and coach outside of Philadelphia, PA, designing and
leading writing circles, seminars and summer writing
camps for girls, and moderating creativity discussion
groups. She has been a guest speaker at writers’
conferences and civic groups, focusing on writing, journaling,
and the creative life.
The material contained in this workshop is copyrighted and cannot
be reproduced without the permission of The Healing Bridge Project.