You can see some of my own writing on the blog I started a few years back. My aim was to spread well-being through kindness and compassion, so I started writing about my personal journey towards self-compassion, which is on-going to this day. You might see in my posts that my journey isn't always easy. But through my writing, I am able to see more clearly where I've been, where I'd like to go and how, over time, I may get there.
Writing has always featured in some way in my life, whether it's been writing essays at university, writing for publication or writing for self-development. I write every day, and when I noticed how much I was benefitting through my various writing projects, I was inspired to create writing workshops so others could also experience and enjoy the benefits of writing.
The reasons to write are endless! Here are just a few examples of reasons you may choose to write:
Use it as a springboard to growth and healing
Affirm your creativity
Safely express heartfelt emotions, dilemmas and desires
Develop insight into yourself, your thoughts, your feelings and your behaviour
Empower yourself and develop your voice
Link your past, present and future
Understand and own your story and its meaning
If you would like me to facilitate a writing workshop in your organisation, you can contact me via e.mail, telephone or text message.
Current Writing Workshops
Seasonal Self-Discovery Writing Workshops 2021
Seasonal self-discovery writing workshops are for you if want to use writing to explore how to live more intentionally or how to incorporate nature and the seasons into your daily life. Over the course of six writing workshops, one for each season (including the ‘transitional’ seasons of early and late summer), you will learn more about what happens in each season from both a western and eastern philosophical point of view. You will also be given an opportunity to reflect on and write about your own needs in each season, making each workshop an ideal time for you to use writing to consider what is working well for you in each season and what might help you live more in tune with your needs in each season.
Join in any one - or all - of the workshops, running Friday afternoons (1pm - 3pm) on the following dates:
5th March (Spring)
14th May (Early Summer)
11th June (Summer)
13th August (Late Summer)
15th October (Autumn)
10th December (Winter)
Until restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted, the Seasonal Self Discovery Writing Workshops will be running virtually, via The Wee Retreat's on-line studio:
Click here to book into any one, some or all of these writing workshops.
Your investment: £16.50 each workshop; £90 for all 6
You will need to download Zoom for free to be able to access this writing workshop.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID...
"I thoroughly enjoyed and gained so much from these workshops. Debbie's warmth, compassion and enthusiasm for what she does is very apparent and I truly recommend her seasonal writing courses."
“I learned so much more than I expected to. Not only in regards to how to start writing, but everything that affects us and changes with the seasons. It is definitely something I will introduce to my journaling practice.”
“It's such an eye opening workshop.”
"[The workshops] really opened my eyes to start working more in sync with the seasons ... in all areas of my life…Somehow it was everything I needed it to be (but didn’t even know!). Who knew there was a workshop that would (1) help me with my writer’s block, (2) get me more in tune with the seasons, and (3) teach me even more about Chinese medicine. So useful! I learnt so much about myself that I didn’t even know I was hiding.” --Rhiannon
Before I attended the workshops I was feeling very stuck, not clear about what to do next. The workshops introduced me to the wisdom of my body, a reliable indicator that is there every day! I’ve learned to listen to the feedback I’m getting about when to sleep, what to eat and when to be active. I’ve learned to look inwards instead of always seeking outwards and feel much happier as a result. –Clare
“Useful exercise at a reasonable price. Very beneficial.”
"These workshops are amazing. Debbie has a lovely teaching style, the sessions are well paced, I don’t feel rushed or left behind. I love the information / discussion part and then the writing exercises; they make you consider the why for yourself. I would highly recommend these workshops."
"A wonderful supportive space to take time out, think about the now and consider what's relevant. Enhances continuous self development.”
Seasonal Self-Discovery Writing Workshops during COVID-19 Restrictions
Until further notice, the Seasonal Self-Discovery Writing Workshops will be live-streamed via The Wee Retreat's online studio. You will need Zoom to access the live-streamed meeting (click here to sign up for and download Zoom for free). The Winter workshop will be running on-line on Friday, 10th December 2021 from 1pm to 3pm. Click here to book in to the Spring Seasonal Self-Discovery Writing Workshop. Please get in contact if you have any questions or if you'd like to attend but are experiencing financial difficulties.
Other Writing Workshops on offer
Introduction to Journalling
This 90-minute workshop is for you if you have always wanted to start a journal but didn't know how or if you have started many times but have never been able to keep at it. Through discussion and writing exercises, you'll learn the benefits of regular journaling, explore different ways to keep a journal and get hints and tips for starting a journal and maintaining a writing habit. Bring a hot drink and your favourite pen and notebook (or that journal you got for Christmas!) and get ready to see what keeping a journal can do for you!
Writing for Wellbing
There is loads of evidence that writing can support our wellbeing in many ways, including managing anxiety, reducing stress, and coping with depression. The simple act of writing down our thoughts and feelings can help us prioritise our problems and manage our thoughts throughout the day, as well as monitor our day-to-day mental health over long periods of time. In this 90 minute workshop, we will discuss the ways in which writing can support your wellbeing and you will try out different writing techniques to find out which method fits for you.