Setting the Story Free: A Day to Write

Setting the Story Free: A Day to Write

“Stories heal us because we become whole through them. In the process of writing, of discovering our story, we restore those parts of ourselves that have been scattered, hidden, suppressed, denied, distorted, forbidden, and we come to understand that stories heal. “
writer Deena Metsger from Writing For Our Lives

In the busy-ness and demands of our lives, in the distractions of our collective world, the tenderest of our stories often goes underground and gets buried. In this day-long gathering we will listen in to the story inside our bones that wants to be told, to the hidden stories of soul, to the stories that help us make meaning of our meandering lives, stories that heal us. Thru the day, in the sanctuary of a small group, in a series of short writing tasks, we will listen ourselves into language and then listen to each other as we share what we find.

This is not about becoming a better writer. There will be no critiquing or evaluation or analysis of what we share. We will bear witness thru listening deeply with the ears of the heart and celebrating what we hear. (Reading aloud is encouraged but always voluntary)

“Stories move in circles. They don’t move in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost. And when you’re lost, you start to look around and to listen.”
Deena Metzger


Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Peace Tree Spirituality Center
Cost: $80 (plus Eventbrite fee)

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Facilitated by Wendy Sarno

Wendy Sarno lives and writes in St. Louis, Missouri where she facilitates circles for spiritual deepening, and leads writing groups in the exploration and collecting of individual stories. She has been publishing her reflective essays, poetry and photographs on two blog sites, Writings From Wild Soul and Listening to Stones, for a number of years. Her work has been published in the online magazine Written River: A Journal of EcoPoetics and in a print collection entitled Rebearth: Conversations with a World Ensouled. Wendy is mother of two and grandmother of five. She lives and wanders with her husband, retired geologist Jim Swinehart. Her first book, Writings From Wild Soul was published in 2017.

Make it an Overnight

Spend Friday night to ask the Giver of Dreams to prime your story; or stay an extra day to deepen shades of story that emerge during the day. Only $30 to add an overnight. Contact Jessica at to make a reservation.


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