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Journaling for Comfort, Clarity & Healing

January 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Journaling for Comfort,  

Clarity & Healing

What if you had a tool at your fingertips which could help you 1) relieve personal stress, 2) make sense of the insensible, 3) problem solve, 4) hold conversations on paper with people who are otherwise inaccessible to you, 5) breath and move easier as well as 5) celebrate the goodness in your life?  Well, it is all as close as a blank book and a pen…..as Glenda Good Witch told Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “You had it all along!”  AND it can be very helpful to have a tour guide to help recognize these things.

Maybe you kept a ‘diary’ as a teenager.  Or perhaps you’ve read ledgers of the daily events of others.  Do you enjoy memoirs or family histories?  It is quite likely that all of these began as means of personal record keeping – a life accounting of sorts.  Some wrote only facts and information (the price of bread in 1923 or the weather/crop reports), while others wrote extensive entries about what life was like AND how it felt to live it.

If you can make a list, you can journal – literally.  It is simple – though not easy.  Writing out happenings, feelings and thoughts is a proven therapy for improved health and well being.  It is an act of empowerment of both claiming and releasing which can lead to greater understanding and freedom to live life more fully.

Journaling has been clinically proven to help grief, arthritis and asthma (Pennebaker).  In addition, it is a safe, 24 hour on-call personal therapist for downloading emotions and feelings as well as problem solving.  Writing it out can be especially valuable in times of high stress.  Reading journals after some time has passed also has the benefit of reminding oneself of how far they have come on the journey…or not… as well as offering a priceless perspective on life experience.

This experiential workshop includes foundation journal information, in-group writing, optional sharing as well as practical exercises for further individual work and application outside the workshop setting.

This program is designed to teach simple, practical, safe ways to explore and capture thoughts and feelings in a journal.  Safety is key to creating an environment where people are willing to write and if they choose, to share.  In honor of creating an optimal place for expression, there will be no ‘critiquing’ or comparisons.


Objectives:  Participants will learn how to:

  • Get started in a new journal
  • Record life steppingstones in multiple areas
  • Develop journal dialogues with people, situations and body
  • Summarize journal entries
  • Deepen journaling experience with courageous exercises
  • Begin a gratitude journal
  • Mine personal journals for insight and additional leads

When: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. Please click here to sign up. 

Cost: $20.00

About the Facilitator

Dr. Sandi Howlett is a life long journaler and bereavement specialist. She is also on the Advisory Board for Eric’s House.

She has extensive experience with bereavement through her work as Bereavement Special with Hansen Mortuary for 14 years including facilitating grief support groups as well as 1:1 client support, 16 year affiliation with New Song Center as facilitator and as part of the training faculty as well as teaching for the American Hospice Foundation and a variety of hospices in Arizona. She has presented at national conferences for Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child, Parents of Murdered Children, MISS Foundation and is a lead facilitator for the Institute for Healing of Memories – North America.

Location will be provided after appointment has been scheduled. 



January 18, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm