Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way

Writing Circles for Healing
creative writing for self-awareness and healing

Creative writing can help us heal by tapping into our own 
inner wisdom and guidance. 

When we write with intention, we express our deepest feelings to gain fresh perspectives and new insights. By sharing our stories and listening to each other with empathetic, focused attention, we validate our experiences. We may be surprised at what flows out on the page and we may be surprised by the resonance we hear in others' writing.  We experience creative rejuvenation and inspiration and we recognize and celebrate our strengths. We realize that we are not alone. We discover an ability to meet our challenges and our journey of healing is undertaken with courage and hope. Healing is a process and we can encourage this process through writing with intention.
These writing circles are not therapy sessions and I am not a therapist. I am an experienced, devoted writer who uses writing for my own self-awareness. I believe that writing is a way to accentuate our innate ability to heal.
By using simple techniques of self-reflective writing and sharing our stories, we experience commonality, connection, meaning, and wholeness. Transformation comes from understanding both the positive and the negative aspects of our experience as we delve deeper into its significance and find hope, grace and renewal. 
Story as Medicine
From Clarissa Pinkola Estes quoted in Radiance Magazine:
"In this tradition a story is 'holy,' and it is used as medicine. The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again."

Wendy Brown-Báez is an award winning writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. 

Wendy is available to speak to your writer's group, classroom or support group, book club or artists' group. 

Wendy also presents a two hour workshop called Cultivating Resiliency Thru Writing for staff development in non-profits and businesses, and for the general public in churches, schools, and arts and human service organizations: 

Go to the next pages for information 
on workshops currently scheduled.
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Each class I attend with you as the facilitator gives me a new insight, technique or facet to writing and this class was no different. I gained insight into taking journal writing one step further to self-reflective writing. It was a discovery that illuminated the writing process as a tool for healing. You shared your story in a clean, graceful way that was inspiring and up-lifting.  As always, the caliber of your class was excellent, providing an atmosphere of safety and acceptance, encouraging vulnerability and authenticity in sharing. --R.K.

Your class was par excellence, the crème de la crème. I never imagined so much new information. Every second of the two hour class was filled with inspiring information to further my writing goals. I especially appreciated your support and encouragement after I leave the class in terms of writing groups, websites, other classes. You are extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and willing to share what you know and have learned. I highly recommend you. --Patricia Anita Young

Your teaching technique was really inspiring and fun. It also taught me that even if you’re not so good at writing or hate it, inside everyone of us there is a story ready to be told and as long as you can picture an image in your mind, you will always have something to write about. Also it doesn’t really matter how you write because everyone has their own style. Thanks, I learned a lot.—Xee    
I just wanted to thank your for helping me get started with your writing 
workshop. I have been thinking about how therapeutic the writing has been for me, and how it has inspired me to write further. It has been very confidence building! Thanks again, Julie
I was so impressed by your talents to teach; to create; to inspire; to yield stories from the heart. I loved being there, in fact, I would take your class over again--you have a very unique way of stimulating our stories. 
--Margareth Miller
Wendy's ability to unlock the potential of the writer in each was contagious and an inspiration to those of us exploring for the first time getting our thoughts on paper, and the seasoned writers.--Elizabeth Ellis

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