writing meditation Practice
Ready to take journaling to a new level...
one that brings you closer to your true nature?
Want to learn the power of writing meditation
as a healing force and growth engine?
Join Julie Edge of Inside Edge Coaching and Lisa Ash Drackert of Westport Yoga KC for the Fall 2018 Writing-to-Wholeness Workshop in Kansas City.
An exclusive 6-week course held at Westport Yoga KC and
limited to 24 participants.
Class Times and Dates
Sundays from 4:00-5:30 pm
Class Location: Westport Yoga, 4304 Bell Street, Second Floor, Kansas City, Missouri
WTW alums and Westport Yoga members receive a discount on the registration fee. Check your email for details.
Registration: Opens July 18 and closes September 9th or when the course is full.
3 in-person class sessions held at Westport Yoga KC
6 weeks of daily writing prompts delivered at 5:00 am each day via text
A tailored journal designed for writing meditation practice
Weekly e-mails with writing tips and encouragement to support your practice
Online support from facilitators Julie Edge and Lisa Ash Drackert
Complimentary tea and water during in-person meeting sessions
Complimentary attendance at the Yin Yoga class immediately following in-person gatherings
10% discount on all retail purchases at Westport Yoga KC throughout the course
Meet your teachers
Julie Edge, Ph.D., is owner and Chief Wayfinder at Inside Edge Coaching, a life & leadership coaching practice. She discovered "writing as a meditation" in 2016, and it helped her heal her mind and body. The Writing-to-Wholeness Workshop came about in the Fall of 2017 when she saw the power of teaching this method of inquiry and discovery to her coaching clients and fellow writers. When she's not putting pen to paper, she's listening to the wisdom of her four-legged coaching partners --- a herd of horses. Julie believes the world would be a better place if everyone gave their inner critic the day off and got regular horse hugs.
Lisa Ash Drackert, M.Ed, RYT-500, e-RYT200, YACEP is a yoga instructor, educator, and minister. She owns Westport Yoga KC and serves as Curriculum Director. Lisa began teaching yoga in 2008 and specializes in Meditation, Therapeutic Yoga, Alignment Based Yoga, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She currently serves as a Lululemon Athletica Brand Ambassador and is a leader in her community teaching meditation for stress relief. Lisa is a dreamer and adventure lover who believes the world would be a better place if everyone meditated and kissed doggies daily.
What is writing meditation practice?
Writing meditation is a daily practice blending the art of writing with spiritual development. Similar to journaling, writing meditation practice provides a safe place for emotional release and "letting go" of thoughts. However, different than journaling, writing meditation is not meant to capture the day’s activities or to solve a specific problem. It’s a free writing method that only requires 10 minutes per day and offers a way to observe thoughts and emotions in a judgement-free zone.
Like other forms of meditation practices (i.e., sitting, walking, working), when writing meditation happens consistently, consciously and with discipline, the mind quiets, focuses, and turns inward. While a side benefit is improved writing skill, that is not the primary aim of the practice, and you don't have to consider yourself a “writer” to benefit from a daily writing meditation practice.
The Writing-to-Wholeness Workshop was influenced by the teachings of Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within , Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice, Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Reading these books is an ideal way to enhance the workshop experience, but they are not required reading.
What Past workshop Participants have said...
"I've been doing Julie's daily writing prompts for over a month now, and it's been a delightful and surprisingly powerful experience. I've always been drawn to writing as a way to process, but the daily prompts have a way of bringing insights to light that I wouldn't normally get through normal journaling."
"Daily writing practice has shown me how my monkey mind rules my life. I'm actually hearing my essential self guiding my way now. Julie's coaching through writing is bringing me a level of self awareness I didn't know I could have at mid-life."
“Julie's system and guidance, along with being part of a group doing daily practice, helped me to overcome decades of labored, over-engineered writing and learn how to authentically express myself through the pen.”
“Julie helped me re-cultivate a daily writing practice, and it has been integral in my wholeness. On the page, I am not only processing life and more able to examine my inner thought life with clarity, but I'm also cultivating a deep trust in my own voice, and provides practice to listening to and speaking my truth.”