Have you recently lost a loved one? Perhaps sometime in the last few years?
Do you have certain special memories with that person that you find yourself telling again and again -- or replaying in your mind, just to make sure you don't forget?
If you answered yes, to either of these questions and you enjoy writing, I created this course for you.
Imagine what it would feel like to create a sparkling narrative -- a written version of this story, that you can treasure and keep forever... To honor your loved one, to share his or her memory, and to keep their spirit alive in your heart.
Whether your written narrative gets passed down for generations to come, or stays locked away in a secret notebook of your own -- I promise, you'll come out the other side of this experience a completely different person -- a more empowered and content person, than you were when you walked in. Feeling more at peace, and more like yourself, than you maybe have in a long time.
That's what we do in The Heart-Mending Wordsmith, and you can learn all about it below...
Where it began...
May I tell you a story?
As part of a writing course for educators I took a few years ago, our final project was to share a narrative we'd written on a topic of our choice. I felt a pull to write mine about my dad, who I'd lost to cancer a few years before.
The creative process provided me refuge. Emotions erupting like lava from a volcano combined with the action of writing turned out to have serious healing power.
On the last day of class, as I read my narrative aloud, I saw the way my words stirred emotion in each of my classmates, several of them with tears filling and falling from their eyes.
I felt empowered to have created something that could authentically express a sliver of my experience. And in the end, I realized that it didn’t matter if anyone ever read what I’d written not, that going through the writing process had been just for me.
This inspired me to put together some reflections and activities from my writing practice to share with you...
Now combined with some of my tools as a life coach and experience as an educator, they make up the very lessons of this course.
All of the writing experiences fit together to help you create a narrative about your loved one. And you’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences and get support in a private Discussion Forum along the way.
Whether you just want something uplifting to read once a week, want to jot down a few of your thoughts, or want to dive all the way in and create a masterpiece, I’d love to walk with you, encourage you with compassion, and guide you in a series of writing experiences that will help bring creativity, healing, and inspiration to your journey.
I’d love to have you along for the adventure!
Much love and many blessings to you,
*You have a little distance from the immediacy of your loss and/or are ready to explore some of your favorite moments with your loved one through writing
*You are open to writing as a form of healing, and are curious how it can help you feel better.
*You’d like to feel more confident, alive, connected, and free.
*You are introspective and naturally like trying to make meaning from your experiences.
*You are sensitive, and a kind, open-hearted person who shows respect both to yourself and to others.
*You are a deep feeling person who wants to use your pain to create something beautiful.
*You are open and willing to explore what this loss means for you and for your life.
*Create a narrative about a special moment with your loved one that creates space to help heal your heart, clear your mind, and bring your most radiant self to life -- with more confidence and freedom because of your loss.
*Be guided through a series of writing exercises to:
*Have access to a private Discussion Forum for extra connection and support.
*Be invited to participate in 8 weekly live group coaching calls with me
*And 3 one-on-one coaching sessions with me.
*Receive twice monthly one-on-one coaching sessions with me to work through the program at a pace and style that works for you.
(Please note: This is separate from the group coaching program.)
*Lifetime Access to All Course Materials. Including any additions and updates.
*Call recordings from past Live Group Programs.
You may purchase and go through the course at your own pace, starting whenever you like!
We'll begin September 19th for 8 weekly classes at 10 AM PST.
(All dates and times are tentative and subject to change at any time.)
Make sure to join the First to Know List for the Group Program here.
This way, you'll be notified first thing when doors open and we'll have a group ready to go!
Because your healing is important. Your stories matter.
And as you heal and inspire yourself through your creativity, you help to heal and inspire the world with your creative spirit and innate gifts.
You create added freedom that can ripple out into the lives of all that you touch through your healing, your art, and the power of love within your heart.
And allowing your pain to become transformed into freedom + insight through writing is one of the most powerful ways I know to do that.
So I hope you join us!
Introduction: Writer’s Oath
Create your very own intention and purpose statement for the course: your promises to your self. Acknowledge what you’d like to give yourself permission for, and what you’d like to heal, create, or release throughout the course of the program.
This sets the stage for all that will unfold and is one of the most magical parts of the journey. (And freeing, too!)
Week 1: Letters without Limits
Allow your heart to be freed and expressed, with any feelings or thoughts that need to get out. Nourish yourself with the power of your own love and find strength to move forward into the process.
Week 2: Whimsical Quick Writes
Discover the power of letting go of perfection to allow your heart to flow onto the page. See the magic that is born with a special exercise to create something stunning and beautiful, in just minutes!
Week 3: Fun with Feelings
Take your current way of looking at feelings and flip it on it’s head with this creative way of approaching and gaining insight from your feelings and emotions.
Week 4: Dynamic Descriptions
Learn how the symbols of your story may have deeper significance than you realize. Dive into playing with what they mean and allow your heart and story to shine because of your discoveries.
Week 5: The Power of Purpose
What is at the heart of your story? Discovering this will help you to infuse that larger purpose into every nook and cranny of your story, celebrating it’s significance in your own personal story and life.
Week 6: The Scenes of Your Story
Learn how to set your story in scenes, that help to ground and anchor the wisdom that you share within your story, and all that it truly means within your heart.
Week 7: Recognize and Release
Allow for the acknowledgement of all that you have been through within these exercises, and how it informs the story you tell. Be prepared to help free yourself from the long held burdens within your heart.
Week 8: Shine it up and Share
Allow your masterpiece to shine and celebrate all you’ve created and everything you’ve learned throughout the course. I’m so proud of you already, and I know you will be, too!
Caitlin loves helping women discover their inner truth and strength through writing and storytelling. She believes the stories we feel a desire to tell can lead us to deep, heartfelt, and meaningful discoveries about what we hold most dear, and the way we view the world.
Caitlin believes that your stories matter. And she invites you to look into your own heart to listen for what story it wants to share...
And if you feel so inclined, join a course so we can work together to make your stories shine! And heal your heart along the way.
You are so loved.
"Thank you so much for the class today, it was fun and surprising and different.
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Wherever she goes, she brings her mirror. By looking into it, she can see her true self. She loves holding it in front of other people, too, so that they may see who they truly are and where they may find their excitement. Mirrors, are her secret, in fact. She can spark excitement in anyone, who dares to find her. She can be found by looking into any mirror and saying the words: „Hey darling, what do you want to be today?“
- Sylke L., Montana
"Thank you for Funky Emotion Paragraphs!
I walked through the questions again with a feeling of gladness that I had from an earlier coaching session. Her name was Lovely Loving Louise, and boy, did she have a lot to teach me! She showed me that Woeful Woebegone Wendy needs so much gentleness. Love brings that and it’s always available for the asking.
On another level, my sadness was in part about writing and my identity as a writer. Finding a new tool that used writing to move me past sadness also helped me reframe my relationship to the written word. Whole ‘nother dimension of healing!"
- Nanette R., California
I so look forward to having you join me on this adventure, and I know you won't be disappointed.
Imagine yourself a few weeks from now, having a crystal clear sense of clarity around what is most important to you, and a sparkling new narrative about the person you've loved and lost...
Imagine having something tangible to hold in your hand and read out loud -- to put in a notebook, and read over and over again -- to treasure and hold near and dear to your heart forever, to help you remember and cherish the time you had with the person you've lost.
There is no price to be placed on memories and special moments that are recorded in writing. Especially when told through the lens of the heart.
Join me today, and let's get started creating a story that will make your heart sing, with the love and cherished memories that mean the most to you.
You'll be so glad you did.
And if you're interested in joining us for the group program starting in September...
Make sure to sign up for the First to Know List here.