An invitation for a workshop: Wild Women Writing

A workshop in re-wilding dreams.

Saturday | 20 January 2024 | 9:00 – 17:00

Werkplek Bergstraat | Bergstraat 9-A 6701AB Wageningen

About the Workshop

Imagine your life ten years from now today, in vivid detail. What does it feel like to live in your body? When do you wake up each morning and how do you greet the day? Where and with whom do you work? For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Writing your magical ten-year plan is a lot more about magic and writing than it is about planning. This workshop takes inspiration from an exercise first created by American writer, designer, and educator Debbie Millman, where imagining your life a decade in the future subverts the ancient impulse to plan, judge, and silence our deepest longings and sources of meaning. Moving through a series of questions and answering them with as much courage and honesty as we can gather, we craft a meaningful document of unjudged dreams, discover truths about ourselves hiding in plain sight, and perhaps a better understanding of who we are becoming. No writing or journaling experience required—all you need to bring is yourself.

If spending a day surrounded by wise women, writing together in flow, immersed in your stream of consciousness, dreaming of the future while holding the present with gentleness and compassion sounds like time well spent—then this workshop is for you.

Host

My parents named me Flora (nature) Caroline (strength), and so my name means the strength of nature. I studied biochemistry, and then birth. First in theory—Biochemistry 1—then in practice—working in a research lab—then again in theory—studying birth—and again in practice—giving birth—then theory—birth doula training—then practice—supporting women in the exquisite journey to motherhood.

In birth as in biochemistry, I see the strength of nature, her gravitational pull, massive and subtle, invisible at times, at others—unmistakable.

I am not qualified to host a workshop on re-wilding dreams (I am still figuring out what this means), but hosting this workshop is yet another opportunity to move through a cycle of theory and practice, to trust in the strength of co-creation. It is another chance to fall and trust that, if I do not catch myself, the earth itself will embrace me. If I do not create something beautiful and true, then you, dear participant, will bring what is needed.

Cost

The purpose of this workshop is bringing people together for reflection, dreaming, and focused writing, free from profit or commercialization.

If, after joining this workshop, you feel that it has benefited you and would like others to have the same opportunity, then you are welcome to pay what you can to support future workshops and the Bergstraat workspace. This can be paid directly to Flora’s Doulary with a bank transfer and “Wild Women Writing workshop” in the description box.

IBAN: NL39 INGB 0390 7694 44

KVK nummer: 86404407

Registration

Email Flora Adams at florasdoulary@gmail.com with “Wild Women Writing Registration” in the subject line. Include your name, phone number (WhatsApp), and food restrictions or allergies, a brief introduction, and what you hope to gain from participation. You will receive a confirmation of your registration within 24 hours (or your spot on the waiting list), along with two short articles to read and the workshop outline to print (if you want a paper copy).

I will only use your phone number in case of necessity on the day of the workshop. I will send one closing email after the workshop which includes an optional survey, and will not use or share your email address further.

There are 10 spots in total, but if you register after it is fully booked, I will let you know and add you to the waiting list.

Cancellation: no later than 12 January 2024, please.

Details

Dress comfortably, in clothing suitable for a day writing and a walk outside.

Bring your preferred writing materials: a notebook and pens or pencils, or a laptop. Feel welcome to also bring house shoes or warm socks, a blanket, yoga cushion, yoga mat, or anything that helps you to feel comfortable and at ease while writing and during breaks.

Babes in arms and nursing moms are welcome.

The workspace is accessible to people with mobility challenges and wheelchair users. Four of the writing areas are height-adjustable sit-stand desks.

Schedule

9-9:45 Arrival with coffee, tea, and a local baked good.

9:45-10:00 Welcome, explanation, and introductions.

10:00-11:00 Writing session 1

11:00-11:15 Pause, reflection

11:15-12:15 Writing session 2

12:15-13:15 Lunch: baked sandwiches – glazed pears and pecans with goat cheese and arugula on sourdough. A winter salad. Vegan lentil soup. Organic and locally sourced ingredients.

13:15-14:15 Writing session 3

14:15-15:00 Walk on the Dijk.

15:10-16:20 Writing session 4

16:25-17:00 Wrap-up writing, share reflections, close the day.

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