Journaling with a purpose
Journaling will be a big part of our Mas Pinet retreat in May. We'll start every day with yoga and mindfulness meditation, and then settle in for some introspective time with pen and paper. (Don't worry - there will be coffee.) As one of our guests, you'll be presented with a gorgeous, hardcover journal when you arrive, and we hope to inspire you to fill it with sketches, poetry, maps, short stories—whatever you're moved to create. I'll be there to provide you with some suggestions and structure, should you desire it, but this is your journal. You be you.
As retreat guests, you'll get complimentary access to my online journaling class, which launches next month. My hope is that even if you're a seasoned journal writer, you'll get something out of my approach. I'll be providing journaling prompts, of course, but I'll also be introducing journaling methods, and suggesting ways to bring your journaling work into your everyday life. My hope is that you'll discover that by starting your day with intention, introspection and creative expression, you'll soon find that you're more focused and dedicated, and you'll begin to see progress in the areas of your life you've decided to explore.
There's more than one way to journal
One of my favorite ways to journal is something I call topic journaling. Rooted in my background in creative non-fiction, this approach combines a topic of personal interest to the journal writer with the sort of personal inquiry we more usually associate with journaling. This combination can point you in a lot of interesting directions, and can even form the basis of a long, focused writing project. I love this approach and will be getting into the meat of it in my online course, and, of course, at the retreat.
If this idea intrigues you, I suggest reading Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own. He nails the introspective, inquisitive, topic-focused writing I try to achieve when I do my own topic journaling. I think he'll inspire you with the way he approaches learning about a new subject, and bringing what he finds during his investigations into his self-discovery. We'll take it a step further as we explore topic journaling, starting next month.
Our Mas Pinet retreat will change the way you show up for your life, one journal entry at a time. Come discover the process, and take a life-affirming, rewarding new ritual home with you.
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