“Poetry gives you permission to feel.” – James Autry
Poetry provides powerful prompts for reflective writing and group inquiry offers a doorway into our own thinking. By writing and reflecting together, we can learn from this unusual time, and face it with loving curiosity.
Writing together can:
• Surprise us, Mend us, Renew us
• Strengthen your inner voice
• Guide your creative process
Click on the links below for more information and registration.
Self-Compassion Through Poetry: Writing Circle, Friday, May 7, 10:00 – 11:30 am PDT. Register here
New 5-Week Series starting Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm PST
The Gathering Words series is about using poetry to find meaning in own lives.
It is opening ourselves up to let our voice arrive on the page without judgment.
It is being curious about our own thinking and the thinking of others.
It is letting go and practicing saying “No, thank you. Not now.” to your critical voice.
It is about authentic connection with yourself and others.
It is about being instead of trying to be something.
Curious about joining a series? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past participants have shared this about my writing circles.
“Thank you for your loving energy, leading us to a place within ourselves that we either didn’t know was there or had been untapped for sometime. Your deep listening is a gift, and I feel held in it.” – Carrie
“Thank you for hosting these delightful writing circle events. The overall experience for me has been enthralling and poetically invaluable, to be able to engage with other writers’ words and thoughts. – Ivor
“The writing circle is truly a very special part of my week. I never come away without feeling something deeply or being profoundly touched. I am amazed at what comes out of the end of my pen. Surely, I must be tapping into something that has nothing to do with my finite self, but rather something that the universe is offering up and we are but conduits….. ” – Nancy (Listening Inward Series)
“The Poetry Over Panic Writing Circle came at the perfect time during self isolation from the pandemic. The opportunity to listen, write and share with Ali’s encouraging guidance was a gift. Each session brought new poems to savor, reflect and write about in this intimate community designed by Ali’s generous heart and skillful mastery.” – Chere
“Thank you for being such a courageous, fierce and compassionate curator of the writing space.” – Louise
“I loved it all. Meeting new people and seeing the similarities between us. This also opened me up to a broader feeling of gratitude.” – Mary
“Thank you for your wonderful session yesterday. I came away feeling inspired and uplifted.” – Karen
“I loved your focus on being intentional, hearing the voices of other women and your positive energy. You are a light and an inspiration.” – Diane
Ali Grimshaw contributes to the world as an educator, life coach, facilitator and a poet. She is passionate about empowering others through shared writing experiences, facilitating group inquiry and building supportive communities that celebrate growth. She has over 21 years of educational experience including; classroom teacher, Instructional Specialist and Literacy Coach with a MS in Education.