What’s the best thing about your classes you teach at TWI?
I have been teaching at TWI since 2014 and am always amazed at the warmth and collegiality that takes place in just a few weeks among participants! Many of my courses focus on wellness, spirituality, self care and stress management – all of which are important to my heart – and I enjoy infusing poetry and narrative techniques into the journal prompts.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a free day?
I just love “puttering!” Reading a book, discovering new poems, writing of course! Almost anything in nature brings me calm as I am originally from Colorado and grew up in a farm environment as a young child. Now in CT, I feel fortunate to have both mountains and beaches within reach and the time to soak in the outdoors.
What is your favorite Autumn tradition?
I enjoy hot chocolate on a cool evening watching the stars. I never tire of heading out for a drive to see the leaves change or just curling up inside near a fire to read or write or share ideas with friends.
What is your vision for the field of Therapeutic Writing?
This is a field that is near and dear to my heart since the late 80’s when I “found” poetry therapy while I was in a MFA program. Now 30 years later, having integrated journal and poetry work into both my therapy and coaching practices, I am excited that there is so much growth and interest in expressive and therapeutic writing. I would love to see it as part of every integrative medicine team and medical training program as well as available to MFA and Master’s in Counseling, Social Work and Marriage and Family therapy degree programs.