Write to the Heart Workshops
Ray offers a variety of workshops and design other workshops for specific audiences by request.
List of Workshops
Write To The Heart
Adapted from the Journal To The Self, created by Kathleen Adams. Learn over 16 techniques including captured moments, springboards and clustering. These and other proven writing activities that help overcome writer’s block, help you access your inner wisdom, befriend your journal, safely release strong emotions, heal relationships and clarify goals. You’ll emerge from this workshop with a tool kit of writing activities to help you creatively pursue your own diary writing for your own enhancement. You’ll find in this workshop peer support for personal journal work in a nurturing and supportive writing environment.
Write From Within
Adapted from the Journal To The Self, created by Kathleen Adams. Learn over 16 techniques including captured moments, springboards and clustering. These and other proven writing activities that help overcome writer’s block, help you access your inner wisdom, befriend your journal, safely release strong emotions, heal relationships and clarify goals. You’ll emerge from this workshop with a tool kit of writing activites to help you creatively pursue your own diary writing for your own enhancement. You’ll find in this workshop peer support for personal journal work in a nurturing and supportive writing environment.
The Poem Within – Honouring and Expressing Your Truth through the Aliveness of Language
Every person is creative and has something important to express. This workshop will help you unlock self-expression, your truth and creativity through Poem-making. You’ll rekindle a place for poem-making in your life; Reconnect with your natural creativity; Experiment with the delights of language as play; Discover the healing power of poetry and its ability to speak to the ordinary in your life.
Participants are reintroduced to their poetic voice, its unique ability to mend what is broken, and to give expression to your own truth. Attention is given to mastering sound, imagery, metaphor, rhythm and other elements that explore the unique perceptions, feelings, and visions that make us who we truly are.
Write Way To Wellness
Adapted from the work of Kathleen Adams, this workshop covers a carefully chosen, well-crafted series of questions, story invitations, techniques and evocations that will place your feet on a healing path.
You’ll discover how writing in a journal can be a powerful ally for anyone on a healing journey, whether adjusting to physical, emotional, mental or spiritual health challenges and transitions. Discover journal writing approaches for self-care, stress, managing grief and loss. Explore how qualities such as love, forgiveness and compassion can accompany the healing process.
Simple Living Journal
Whether you are looking at small solutions for cutting down stress in your life, or taking a leap toward the simpler life, this workshop draws upon inspirational stories of real-life people who have slowed down, overcome obstacles and created richer lives. Using the journal as a practical tool, you’ll discover simple living approaches to time, money, inner simplicity, work, simple pleasures, families, health, housing and other parts of life that are potential sources of a joyful life. Based on the work of Janet Luhrs, author of the Simple Living Guide. No previous writing experience necessary.
Writing the Sacred – A Psalm-Inspired path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry
At a workshop modelled on Ray McGinnis’ first book, Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-Inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry, you are invited to play with words and rediscover your connection with the sacred through the aliveness of language. Through sensory and poetic exercises you are invited to explore some of the poetic forms, such as simile and metaphor, present in the Psalms and other poetry. A splendid range of other poets including Rumi, St. Francis, Mary Oliver, Rilke, Emily Dickinson, Leonard Cohen and others are heard to expand our imaginations as we contemplate what we want to express about gratitude, joy, ecstasy, love, lament, wisdom, vision and other spiritual themes that are emerging for us. This workshop requires no familiarity with either the Bible or poetry. Both seasoned writers and those who have never put pen to paper are welcome to explore the thin spaces where creative writing and spiritual self-expression meet.
Language of the Land – Poetry & Nature Walking
Earth offers us powerful images and metaphors with which to tell our stories. Rather than thinking of the earth’s resources as commodities like oil and wood, poetry suggests we consider the more intangible qualities which nature offers us, such as beauty and spectacle, turmoil and order, mystery and predictability.
In this workshop we will go for walks along trails. We will look at what is underfoot and on the horizon. We will take time to write, infusing our poetry with earth imagery as a way to help reveal the unique voice and imagination of each one in our writer’s circle.
Writing Through Grief and Loss
Workshop description: Grief is a natural response to the loss or someone or something meaningful – a person, a relationship, a job, shifting, health, vitality, a pet, independence, the loss of a deeply held belief or anything else that is emotionally valued. At this workshop Ray McGinnis will lead us with gentle help for reflecting and addressing grief and loss.
In this confidential and supportive setting you’ll be given a map for understanding how writing in a journal can be a helpful companion and witness to your own unfolding healing journey. No previous writing experience necessary.
Most major religions include the practice of prayer as a devotional activity, both for individuals, in small gatherings and for the purpose of worship. Prayer, directed toward the Divine in a worship setting may include requests for guidance, assistance, for confession, thanksgiving or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others in a local community, nation or across the globe.
While many people participate in prayer, for some the idea of leading prayer in public worship is a challenge. This Prayer Writing workshop introduces participants to some basic poetry devices that are present in the Lord’s Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, and other devotional writing. Through simple step-by-step exercises participants are given guidance and instruction to craft their own prayers. This is a workshop for anyone who seeks to gain confidence and skills in writing prayers for public worship.
Voices that Matter – Storytelling as a Path to Creativity and Wellbeing
The art of storytelling is one of the oldest healing-teaching practices found in all cultures throughout time. At this workshop, you’ll have a chance to spend some time writing down and recalling a few of your own stories. You’ll hear examples of stories written by others that connect each of us to something essential about our own stories. You’ll discover the writer within you and a path to harvesting stories from your own life to share with family, relatives, friends and others seeking to build community through story writing and the story conversations. You’ll reconnect with the joy of being human and the goodness we create when we share our stories and listen to others tell their stories. Discover how connecting to our own story and sharing it with others can enhance personal wellbeing and strengthen community. No previous writing experience is necessary.