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Journal Writing

The gift of poetry from a friend

Libby Bernardin and I met in 1983 when she joined me to work on the first public fund-raising campaign for the SC State Museum having just completed her stint as the staff writer for religion for The State newspaper. Libby’s expertise and knowledge as well as her participation in community activities and her creativity and…

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Women’s Personal Writing Groups – Winter 2019

Guided Journal Writing with Creative Prompts, Poetry and Personal Exploration In a safe, confidential and empowering environment January 17 through February 21, 2019 Meeting in 2-hour sessions over eight Thursdays 3 to 5 PM or 6 to 8 PM Tuition: $225 16 hours of Continuing Education Credit possible for licensed therapist, approved by the SC Board…

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Thanksgiving and Gratitude

“If the only prayer you ever say in your lifetime is ‘Thank you,’ that’s enough.” Meister Eckhart, 13th century German theologian, philosopher and mystic “Gratitude is heaven itself” William Blake, 18th Century English poet, painter, and printmaker Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate gratitude. To continue or to begin a conscious practice of noticing…

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November Writing Groups

New 4-week personal writing groups planned especially for this season will meet each Thursday in November (skipping Thanksgiving) from 3 to 5 in the afternoon OR from 6 to 8 in the evening.  Tuition is $175.  To register, email [email protected] with “November Writing” in the subject line.  Credit Cards are accepted online. These groups are often…

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Capture tomorrows’ memories today

Freedom – not just on July 4th but all summer long – that’s how I remember summers when I was a child growing up in Virginia. Life seemed so simple then. When the last day of school finally arrived, it felt as if a whole lifetime was waiting at the door – months stretching ahead…

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Your Journal as Friend and Helper

September 13 through October 18, 2018 (Limited to 7 Participants in Each Group) Afternoons 3 to 5 or Evenings 6 to 8 each Thursday $225 Credit Online or Check-Cash first session 1703 Richland Street – Columbia, SC Wholistic Therapy & Coaching Center of the Midlands What Participants Say about Susan’s Groups ….. “The people were everything…

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How to Jumpstart Your Personal Writing

Writing for one’s self can be awfully important, but sometimes it isn’t easy. As soon as you tell yourself you’re going to write, grab your pen and paper and prepare to write, all of those incredible thoughts you had vanish. Even many well-known writers report suffering from writer’s block when faced with a blank page.  They may…

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Dream Work Express – Online Class

Dream Work Express – Offered through the Therapeutic Writing Institute, January 18 through March 14, 2018 Online Class – Work at your own pace. In this class, we will use the spontaneity and variety of expressive arts techniques created especially for dream work. Don’t interpret or judge your dreams, but accommodate and cherish the contradictory messages…

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Tradition and Ritual for Everyone’s Holidays

The Holiday Season has arrived.  It might seem that it began months ago when the shelves in most stores around town filled with red and green decorations and gifts.  To me, Thanksgiving feels more like the official beginning of the season. Growing up, my family’s annual Thanksgiving tradition was to feast at noon on turkey…

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