PAGES: GUIDED EXPLORATIONS THROUGH READING AND WRITING
"Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss, in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.”
Finding the Stories Within
There is an intimate connection between the reader and the image in literature. Most of us, when immersed in a book, are not particularly aware of the pictures that form in our minds or the feelings associated with those images. Yet one of the joys of reading is when we experience the emotional recognition of an image or phrase that echoes our own sentiment or seems meant just for us. This flash of illumination appeals to the heart as well as the mind and primes us for further reflection. The concept of individualized reading retreats stems from the notion that a reflective examination of universal themes and their particularities can have a powerful effect in shaping our attitudes, visions and aspirations.
WHAT ARE GUIDED EXPLORATIONS?
Guided explorations are for readers who want to explore life issues through reflective reading and writing. They are about getting to know one’s self through stories -- not through what literally happens, but by how it resonates with one’s own storyline. The courses are designed to focus upon the unique, complex and multi-faceted perceptions of the reader, rather than on the readings themselves. The book is simply a catalyst.
Insights, impressions and memories are supported through interactive journaling. The act of writing about personal discovery helps the reader to articulate feelings and thoughts in light of their own personal history and to consider new perspectives. Reflective responses can then be helpful in providing alternative views, reframes or suggestions for further exploration. Although each series of explorations is individualized to suit the needs of the participant, all involve reading, reflection, journaling and dialogue.
Three sets of guided explorations, each independent of the others, are currently being offered. The first is organized around diverse readings in fiction, essay, biography, and personal narrative. The second is more structured and intensive, utilizing only one text. The third is general in nature and can be organized around particular problems goals or objectives.
This series of guided explorations is based on The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan. The book includes reader-friendly chapters on recovering a sense of safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection, strength, compassion, self-protection, autonomy and faith. It also includes experiential and written exercises for those who wish to understand creative blocks and develop greater access to creative expression.
In this series of explorations, you will have an opportunity to identify the guiding stories of your life, consider their current value, and envision a new direction. Through journaling, ritual, reading and one-to-one discussion, you will be invited to reflect upon, and further shape, the course of your life.
Vision and Values in Work
These explorations focus on the nature and role of work and vocation, portraying themes of loyalty, devotion and service, as well as conflict and burnout. Selected readings in fiction, essay, metaphor, biography and personal narratives invite participants to reflect upon the challenges, inspirations and ambiguities of their own work and the impact it has on their lives.
THE WAY IT WORKS
If you are interested in participating in guided explorations, we will begin with a complimentary telephone session to discuss your particular needs or questions, consider whether this format is right for you, and decide how we might work together. Each series is generally 6 weeks long and includes weekly face-to-face sessions, as well as collaborative homework assignments.