Seeding Soul Stories is an Experiential 5-week Online Writing Program to explore soul through writing - and writing through soul. Together with a small group of fellow seekers, we will tap the deepest roots of your soul's longing for self-expression.
We will write in every session, explore dreams, loosen the imagination, identify synchronicities and tap into metaphors. You don't need to be familiar with any of these to join us. The primary aim of the program is to find inspiration, get creative, uncover new and hidden stories, and most importantly deepen your faith and respect for the imagination and its roots in the unconscious. You'll walk away with a newfound sense of your soul's connection to your writing so that you know, deep in your bones, that your stories not only matter...but need to be shared.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life
and you will call it fate."
We'll meet online (via Zoom video conferencing) once a week for 5 weeks. In each session we focus on writing, story, voice and soul. Each session will be expertly guided with the intention to discover the truths that wish to be known - from the past, present, & future.
And, unlike traditional writing programs, where the emphasis may be on the mechanics of writing, Seeding Soul Stories is a writing program specifically designed for seekers who want to go deep and find the stories within.
Through powerful exercises, you will experience the unconscious and its gifts of voice, image and dialogue in your story tending. The exercises are designed to honor, and build relationship with the creative, mysterious, and sometimes numinous images that arise in a soulful and creative container.
Class size is limited to 8 participants.
You don't need to be a writer for this group;
you just need to be ready to
take a chance on
exploring and expressing your creative instincts
in words and images.
"Seeding Soul Stories has given me a greater sense of responsibility and also respect and JOY for "the mystery of it all" as I come to my writing. So many amazing images to process and keep working on from the past five weeks"
Andrea W, Past Seeding Soul Participant
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have writing experience?
All levels are welcome. Absolutely no prior writing experience is necessary to get something out of this program. The program is designed for anyone who wants to dive into creative expression through writing. As long as you have a willingness to write, you are good to go.
Will I have to share my writing?
Sharing is always optional, so you will never have to share your writing. Although all of the writing in this program occurs in session, we always offer the option of passing or just talking about what you write. It's a safe space to explore writing in a way that works for you.
What if I don't have any ideas for writing, yet?
If you're willing to acknowledge a desire to track down untold stories, stories from your past, aspects of your unlived life, or dreams of your deepest longing, you'll find stories. This is a highly creative and safe container. Most Seeding Soul Story participants are genuinely surprised by how much emerges.
"Thank you Mark and Donna for creating the space and providing the means for drawing up inspiration from within! I'm always awed by what comes up and the sessions have made me more able to tap into the guidance from theunconscious in my writing outside of our sessions. I realize I'm not alone in my writing but rather working with soul energies that want to come to light in images and be revealed and collaborate in stories."
Editor, Writer, Mother and Past Seeding Soul Participant
"Thank you for a wonderful "seeding soul stories" experience. You have created such a wonderful container for us all to touch and feel soul. I really appreciated your poems, the visualizations, the writing, the sharing; your feedback and interpretations; and the wonderful soulful people who participated. It was all rather magical. "
- Past Seeding Soul Participant
Upcoming Story Sessions
Seeding Soul Stories
5-week Writing Sessions
Tuesdays 5-7pm PT
January 28, 2020 - February 25, 2020
Over the course of 5 weeks, we'll explore soul through writing - and writing through soul. Together with a small group of fellow seekers, we will tap the deepest roots of your soul's longing for self-expression. Seeding Soul Stories is a supportive, playful, creative and experiential writing community for discovering your stories. It will change you.
"This community of writers will energize you and boot up your creativity and help your soul find its purpose."
- Past Seeding Soul Participant
Your Soul Writing Guides
This is our fourth year leading Seeding Soul Stories together. Using our diverse backgrounds as leaders and our shared understanding of the psyche's home in the imagination, we offer a safe space and creative environment for tapping material that wants...and perhaps needs to emerge.
Mark Sipowicz MA is a Registered Therapist with training in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. In addition to his private practice with adults of all ages he is a therapeutic mentor for young adults in recovery. Mark leads writing groups, men’s wilderness retreats and dream groups for the sake of helping people find their most essential and wholistic stories. Prior to his psycho-spiritual work, Mark founded and ran an independent bookstore and worked in the bookselling industry for over twenty years--tapping into his passion for literature and the printed word. He has trained extensively with Animas Valley Institute, the School of Lost Borders and Rites of Passage (Santa Rosa); he is a board member of the Depth Psychology Alliance; and a Wilderness Guides Council member. His private practice and mentoring includes trauma sensitivity and psychodrama. Mark is a husband & father living in Boulder. www.SoulandStream.com
Donna May is a depth therapist, consultant, educator, writer & Depth Psychology Alliance board member. Donna has taught writing and storytelling classes, groups & workshops for over 30 years and believes passionately in the healing power of dreams, writing, and storytelling to transform individuals and communities. She tends stories and dreams in her office, community, and online, including the Writing & Storytelling Project, Writing From the Heart, & Prevention Writing Classes in local schools, The Hearth-Scott Valley, Soul Callings Workshops, as well as these Seeding Soul Stories events. You can follow her on Facebook at Psyche's Call With Donna May, or Twitter @Psyches_Call. You can learn more about Donna at www.psychescall.com.
"Thank you for providing such an awesome space to explore soul through writing. Wonderful to hear all the stories and ruminations of our little collective. Thanks for your thoughtful leadership, the poems and the feedback."