Programs

Writing JournalOpen Page Writing Sessions

Karen’s OPEN PAGE guided writing sessions are invitations to the creative spirit, opportunities to correspond with “the still, small voice within” and, as one participant put it, “A great way to think beyond the obvious and the surface.” No writing experience needed.  Each session focuses on a theme such as Thresholds, Vocation, Belonging, Blessing or Peace, and participants write their own reflections prompted by poetry, stories, teachings from world religion, visual images and physical objects.

A monthly Open Page writing session, free and open to the public, is offered at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additional sessions are sponsored by other organizations, some also open to the public (with or without a registration fee), and others are presented in communities or workplaces for their own members, constituents or staff. Karen has led sessions on over 30 topics that you can peruse to jumpstart your thinking about bringing her to your organization or community for an Open Page session. New topics are always being developed, so feel free to suggest something you don’t see on the list. Past participants have described her sessions as:

“Beautifully done. Very calming, focusing, joyful.”
“A great way to explore multiple dimensions of one’s life through writing.”
“Excellent. It helped me name what matters.”
“It put me in touch with a voice of encouragement.”
“It enriched my experience of living and writing.”
“Profound – exactly what I needed . . . . The sessions pushed me to expand my thinking – to open my mind.”
“I engaged a different part of my writer self. . . . Terrific – accessible, great for all levels of writing skill.”
“It got me thinking in new ways.”

  To request more information or schedule a session for your organization or community, contact Karen by email.

Communicating for Change Workshops

If you’ve been working for social change and found it challenging to communicate your message to others, this workshop is for you. Whether we’re addressing legislators, newspaper editors or our own neighbors, friends and family, sharing our message often requires first building the right frame to hold and carry it, especially when it runs counter to the thinking of the day. This workshop offers practical tips for using stories and metaphors as frames that can help get your message across. It can be offered as a two-hour introduction or a full day session with more participant workshopping time.

Retreats

Karen’s sessions are particularly suitable for retreat settings, offering an invitation into stillness, contemplation and deep listening to one’s inner truth. Karen has provided keynotes and daily writing sessions for day, weekend and weeklong retreats on a wide variety themes. Open registration retreats will be listed on this page. To explore Karen’s participation in your own group’s upcoming retreat, contact Karen by email.