I’m back from another training with Dr. Estes, feeling full and happy and exhausted. It was Singing over the Bones, an intensive for those who want to teach about her book Women Who Run with the Wolves. Again, I met so many dynamic, interesting women there (and one intrepid gentleman). I’m filled with so many ideas and possibilities of what I want to do over the coming year.
First thing is that I’m planning to do a new story circle in 2015/16 called “Sheltering Soul: A Story Circle based on Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes”.
The new Sheltering Soul will be once a month starting sometime in September. It will go only for 9 or 10 months, and then possibly re-form. What I don’t yet know is what night or weekend afternoon I might hold it on. If you’re interested in coming, are there certain evenings that are automatically “out” for you?
What I envision is reading one chapter a month from Dr. Estes’ book, and at the Story Circle I’ll offer writing prompts which we’ll then share and discuss. That way, each participant will have a record of some of their thoughts about the stories and themes in the book, as well as get a chance to hear other people’s ideas.
I’d also like to do 4 evening/one month study groups on selected stories from the book. There is so much in each story, so many portals into our own lives that can help us understand ourselves more and be more intentional about how we live each day. I plan to do one each season (well, I want to do a new one each month, but each season might be more realistic).
At the same time, I’m percolating ideas for individual sessions on different topics using Intentional Creativity, coming up with plans for a real website, and even thinking about a book —- well, actually, two.
I have lots of new plans —- please pray and send good energy that I have the energy to implement them. I almost always have way more ideas than the health, energy, and time to actually manifest them, but as long as I keep moving forward, even if ever so slowly, I don’t get too discouraged.
Thank you for your support and encouragement, Maryam — appreciate it so. Time. . . hmmm. . . just made up. . . . m a y b e e e . . . . ❤
Oh Cat~ I just finished meeting once a month to discuss a chapter in WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES with a group of women who chose to meet on one Friday evening each month. We met @ 7 on the third Friday each month. I know you will love doing groups around Dr CPE’s fantabulous book~ it is so juicy and full of stories to share. Will you please share the writing topics y’all write about for each chapter? I love how fired up you are after having been with this group studying with Dr Estes. Your excitement is contagious > I feel your excitement for all you plan to do. I will pray for you as you grab ahold of these stars and pull them down into your womb to birth into our world. Thank you for being you and going out to learn all these wondrous things and bringing them back to share! You rock!
Flamingo Gypsy, thank you for YOUR excitement and enthusiasm! YES, I’ll post the writing prompts on my blog — what a good idea!
Speaking of rocking, one of the most FUN things we do at the CPE trainings is have either dance breaks or an evening dance party (or both). We all dance wildly to great golden oldies, mostly, with a little bit of latin and tango, too. Such fun (with 119 women and one man!). So good to see us all loosen up and let go in a spot that cares nothing for age or conventional “sexiness”.
Dancing with wild abandon to golden oldies sounds like so much fun, Cat!
Dearest Cat: It so good to hear all these new projects that you have waiting for you. Count on my prayers. I just wish to be part of your group once a month. I would like to read with somebody else WWRWTW. Go for it! I know you can do it. What about putting together your BlogSpot. I remember reading some of them, they were very inspirational. I remember Dr. E saying last year to us in OV “working like knitting” work and rest. I will pray for you to keep a healthy pace in these new creative adventures. With love always, Nury
Thank you so much Nury, for your encouragement and prayers. We shall carry on, or as Dr. E. would say, Continuan!
love what you’re doing Cat, best of luck::circle, website, books, art, sessions, wholeness::may there be abundant energy and health by your side to do all your work with constancy, and all the time to do it all in (though my kids tell me that ‘time’ is just made up 😉 love to you (and thank you for reading mine, i hadn’t known) ❤