Writing Our Way to Winter Solstice

with Mary Reynolds Thompson

Online – December 5, 12 & 19, 2023

7:00pm – 8:30 pm ET

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About The Program

As we approach the Winter Solstice, this three-part writing workshop explores the meaning and power of darkness in our lives. Through inquiry and imagination, poetry and prose, we will celebrate the long hours of darkness as essential to regeneration, renewal ,and self-reflection.
Winter Solstice is a time to gather, to celebrate, and honor this special time of year with community and ritual. Please join us!


What will participants gain?

  •  A deeper understanding of the fertile ground of darkness
  • Connection with others and a celebration of seasonal ritual
  •  Powerful writing prompts and questions to unearth new creative inspiration

Opening each session with a different poem, we will explore the mystery, magic, terror and promise of darkness. We will examine our relationship to darkness in a world addicted to light—both literal and spiritual. We’ll experience the connections between creativity and darkness—and how we can emerge from the darkness revitalized and reborn.

From the moment we first gather, we’ll begin to create a more intimate connection to darkness and the gifts that it offers us. This will support your path of transformation at a time when darkness is not only a seasonal reality but a metaphor for the times we are going through.

Each session will offer several writing prompts. You will also have the opportunity to share with like-minded souls in smaller breakout groups .
Let’s come together and greet darkness (and each other) as an old friend.

PS. If you have taken this course before, please know that I will also be seeding new material, prompts, and poems.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Meet the Presenter

Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary is the author of Embrace Your Inner Wild, Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s
Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness (a Nautilus Award-winner), and The Way of the Wild Soul
Woman (Findhorn Press, spring 2024). As a poetry and journal facilitator and eco-coach, she
speaks and teaches around the world on the importance of bridging the false divide between
inner and outer. Mary is also core faculty for the Therapeutic Writing Institute, the leading
training institute for practitioners in the field of therapeutic writing.