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New Writing Circle Launching in January!
As many of you know, it can be challenging to join my writing circles as spots rarely open. However, I’ve been getting requests from those of you excited to launch writing projects for the new year, so I’ve decided to create a brand new writing circle in early February. It will be limited to 6. If you are interested in nabbing one of the spots, then read about them and request an application HERE . For more immediate information on my writing circles in general, go HERE.
Spring Retreat in Taos: Greening your Creative Spirit
with Carolyn Scarborough and Sharon Zeugin
April 7 to 12, 2019
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico
If your creative soul is nudging you, then please consider joining us under the big New Mexico sky for the newly bloomed “Spring Retreat in Taos: Greening the Creative Soul.” I will be teaming up with artist, calligrapher and writer Sharon Zeugin at the storied Mabel Dodge Luhan Center in Taos (illuminated by the likes of D.H. Lawrence and Georgia O’Keeffe).
This is your time to take a deep drink of creative inspiration and freely express what appears when the well is full. If your creative soul is curious, she can take a peek here.
Creative Soul Seasonal Women’s Circles (Winter 2019)
January to May, 2019 in Austin, Texas
Have you been looking for a community where you can connect with conscious, creative women, have conversations that matter and amp up truly thriving in the second half of life? If so, join our seasonal Creative Soul Women’s Circles which begin January 10, 2019.
To enrich the experience even more, each “season” we choose a different book to charge up our inner and outer explorations. This winter, we’ll be inspired by “The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of Enough” by Julia Cameron and Emma Lively. Read more here.
Morning Rituals to Awaken Creativity and Happiness
Seton Cove, Austin, Texas
February 8, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
What if a few changes in the way you begin your morning could have a powerful effect on your creativity and well-being, whether you are writing, working or simply wanting to live in a more inspired way? And what if these changes could be simple? For instance, imagine an entire morning routine in 5 minutes before you even get out of bed. Bottom line? We can either trudge into another day on autopilot… or prime the pump for purpose and creativity. So many of us have read about the benefits of morning routines, yet we don’t know where to begin, what to do, or how to stick with one. You’ll walk away with a customized morning routine that will include specific, powerful practices from “day scripting” to meeting and melting anxiety. Let’s greet our day in a way that leads to new possibilities and a more meaningful life. (Registration details coming soon)
Space Between the Logs: a Winter Mini-Retreat
Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. OR 4 to 6 p.m.
Join us for some spacious breathing space during this busy holiday season. Rather than fall into a default mode of stress and trying to please everyone else, we will tune in to our deeper desires for the holiday and beyond. It’s time to pause and listen. How do we really want to experience the next month? What does our heart need? What is the personal wisdom hidden in the “space between the logs?”
Creating from our Fullness: a Summer Mini-Retreat
During this summer two-hour mini retreat, we will relax in spaciousness as we explore what we desire to create in our lives. Then Carolyn will guide us through a powerful practice to help us get there by greeting the stranger within. The result is more effortless, inspired creating and a wellspring of self-compassion that you can return to over and over. From here, we will move forward in our creative projects and summer plans with more ease and joy.
Spring Spark Writing Telecourse: Ignite Your Writing Mojo!
Imagine four weeks to shake the dust off your creativity and re-energize your inner writer. Add to that shimmying past your blocks and reconnecting with what you really want to write. And then magically finding time and space to do it, even in the midst of a busy life.In the Spring Spark Writing Telecourse, you’ll get the tools and inspiration to move forward from wherever you are. Doesn’t matter if you’re new and curious about writing… or a seasoned writer in need of a tune-up.
Creative Journey Writing Circles
Do you desire to write… but find that without support your goals go on the back burner? Can you imagine a small group of fellow writers (new and seasoned) to cheer you on? What about laser coaching to keep you on track? And a structure that works not through harsh accountability, but from continually re-inspiring you to remember what matters most? Consider joining one of our intimate virtual or in-person (Austin, Texas) Creative Journey Writing Circles.
Winter 2018 Creative Soul Women’s Circles: The Gifts of Imperfection
In the Creative Soul Women’s Circles, we are not “improved upon.” We are already wise, amazing women. Instead, this is a space for renewal and re-invention. Here we dive deeper into who we really are – what makes us happy, what ignites us, what our true desires are and even what we are on this planet to do. It is a place of laughter and deep, respectful listening.
To enrich the experience even more, each “season” we choose a different book to charge up our inner and outer explorations. This January, we will be playing with Brene Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection.”
Women’s Creative Renewal Retreat
Have you found yourself a bit rushed, disconnected, or as poet Mary Oliver says, “breathing just a little and calling it a life?”
Are you longing to take a decadent slice of time that’s all yours? Time to stretch into your fullness, to greet your true self again (oh, so that’s what you look like, I had forgotten!). Time to remember what matters most, and to tap back into your creative seeds and desires?
If so (and honestly, isn’t this what we ALL need from time to time?), I would love for you to join us in Scottsdale, Arizona for the Women’s Creative Renewal Retreat.
Unleash your Writing Mojo…
Coaches and entrepreneurs write. Whether it’s getting our message out in a newsletter, a blog, a book or simply sending an email to a potential client, we desire to communicate in a way that authentically reflects who we are and what we believe. We may have a great message, but if it stays in our heads… we know the result. This month I will offer at workshop (open to the public) at the International Coach Federation – Austin Chapter geared to get you out of your head and onto the page. Whether you’ve written a lot or not at all, you’ll come away from the evening inspired, with practical tools you can use immediately to kick-start your writing… and share your wisdom with your ideal clients…
Creative Soul Fall 2017 Women’s Circles: The Wisdom of the Body
The focus for this Fall’s Circles is The Wisdom of the Body. So many of us live in the narrow space of our minds… and leave our bodies somewhere behind. Imagine the power if we tapped our body’s wisdom in our day to day lives? If she partnered with us in our creative projects, our health and our guidance about “what’s next?” She has so much to tell us that will energize, fuel and heal our lives – perhaps it’s time to listen?
Creative Soul Tasters – Reawakening Summer Pleasure
Sunday, July 9 or Monday, July 10
Have you found yourself spending too much time in that productive march forward… and too little celebrating the slow, sensory pleasures of the season? Do you fear summer might slip right past you while you are busy doing other things?
If so, join our annual Creative Soul Women’s Circle Tasters this summer! They are a reset — refreshing mini-retreats reconnecting you with your blue sky summer heart
Women’s Creative Soul Writing Retreat
in the Texas hill country
If you are ready to step more fully into your creativity and writing, then join us. It is time to free your voice, your words, your vital expression in the world.
At the Creative Soul Writing Retreat, we will make space for what wants to be heard. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your fifth book or haven’t written since fifth grade. We will move you from stuck to flowing to inspired.
Winter Creative Soul Women’s Circles
Beginning in January, 2017
Join us this winter for the Creative Soul Women’s Circles. The book that will inspire the journey is Julia Cameron’s latest — “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” Combined with the book will be my years of experience as a creative, a coach, a group facilitator and a Zen student.
Create an Inspiring 2017!
Every year we are faced with a choice. We can move forward aligned with what matters most to us, what creates joy and purpose… or we can default to what we’ve always done before. How about if this year is a little different?
Using journaling and fun creative exercises, we will access deeper wisdom and intuition to guide us to what we truly desire in 2017. Not just what we want to do… but how we want to feel and experience the year.
We will take an unconventional route… and walk away inspired. We will get clear on what we truly want… versus what we “think” we want. And to insure it doesn’t all disappear like smoke after the workshop ends, we will create an action plan with daily and weekly practices to feed our vision…
We will birth this vision in a historic, light-filled Main Street arts space in Elgin, Texas (about 30 minutes from Austin).
Tackling Soft Addictions
Seton Cove, Austin, Texas
Have you ever found yourself craving a life of more meaning… only to find yourself surfing the internet? Or binge watching shows on Netflix? Soft addictions are those numbing habits we ALL have which satisfy a surface want… yet block us from meeting deeper needs and desires. (Or goals — remember that book you’ve been thinking about writing?) They sap our time, energy and emotions.
During this workshop, we will take a humorous, non-judgmental look at the appeal of soft addictions and how they show up in our lives. Then we will explore our deeper spiritual hungers and how to meet those in a way that leads to a more fulfilling, engaged and meaningful life. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Fall Creative Soul Women’s Circles
September 7 to December 7, 2016
Join us this fall for the Creative Soul Women’s Circles. Just as leaves catch color, we are ready to step back from our busy lives and restore our own radiance. The book that will inspire the journey is Julia Cameron’s latest — “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.”
Aging: A Journey of Hope
June 2016 Eremos Center, Austin, Texas
As we age, new fears arise. Using a variety of creative exercises, we will explore what it means to free ourselves to thrive and come fully alive in the second half of life.
Creating Powerful Writing Agreements
Story Circle Women’s Writing Conference April 2016
Do you ever find yourself vowing to… write more, be less perfectionistic, finally finish that novel, find a writing routine? In this workshop, we will create a list of powerful intentions that motivate us in our writing and our lives. These guidelines act as roadmap, coach, muse. To find the ones that deeply resonate for us, we will use writing prompts, guided visualizations and practical exercises. You will leave with a personal set of writing and creativity practices that energize you daily.
Winter Spark: Fan your Writer’s Flame
What is my deepest wish for you? That you hear and heed the call of your ripened wisdom yearning to be expressed. That you bring forward the creative project or writing that matters to the front of your life rather than the dusty shadows. That you release it into the world. Join us in a community where you will get clear, get going and keep going!
Winter Women’s Circle
Have you ever imagined a cozy circle of women sitting around the fire and talking about things that matter? And delving deeper into their own wisdom with journaling? This January I am launching a four-month women’s group inspired by the book “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom” by Angeles Arrien. If you are looking for conscious sisters in a similar lifestage to gather and grow, join us!
Seton Cove, Austin, Texas
Do you find days going by where you feel disconnected from what matters most? Where you fear you are not living from your deepest values or purpose? In this 2-part workshop, you will write your own personal vows – a set of clear instructions from your soul on what’s most important and what direction to steer your life.
Backyard Pearls Spring Writing Retreat for Women
Dharma Ranch in the Texas hill country
Bring pen, bring journal, bring you. That’s all you need. This soulful retreat day, for writers and non-writers alike, will re-inspire and re-connect you with what matters most. There will be poetry, nature, rocking chairs, facilitated exercises, chocolate and so much more.
Empty Nest/Full Life Journaling Workshop for Women
We got rave reviews for the Full Life Journaling Workshop we did this fall, so we are bringing it back in January. This is an 8-week journaling workshop for women whose kids have grown and flown and who are ready to take back their personal power and discover what’s next.
Journaling your Way to Freedom
Seton Cove, Austin, Texas
Would you like to move towards freedom in as little as 5 minutes a day? Carolyn Scarborough will share a number of fresh journaling techniques – perfect for writers and non-writers alike – that will move us towards more connection with ourselves and others. From the “one line journal” to a form of Zen journaling, we will explore what works for YOU. We’ll also look at how to easily incorporate this practice into a busy life.
Reconnecting with your Creative Heartbeat
Telecourse — join from anywhere in the world!
Join us on an 8-week adventure to release what we no longer need and step into a more vibrant, creative life. From here, writing — and life — flips from being hard to a fascinating adventure. Using writing prompts, visualizations, poetry, weekly check ins, laser coaching and more you will explore and uncover your true creative heartbeat.
Opening to Love through the Questions in your Heart
Eremos, Austin, Texas
Journaling can be a great way to be with both the questions and the wisdom that resides within your heart. Whether you’re an old pro at journaling or have never felt called to it before, you’re invited to experience a spacious time to discover and awaken the questions in your own heart, to sit with them, to let them deepen.
Using poetry, writing, music, movement and breathwork, you will gain support in accessing your wisdom within.
Seton Cove, Austin, Texas
In Zen teacher Ezra Bayda’s book “Beyond Happiness,” he gives us three powerful questions that can change our lives: Am I truly happy right now? What blocks happiness? Can I surrender to what is? In this class we will go beyond the cerebral and into the practical experience of using these questions. We will practice with them in order to discover their deeper impact for ourselves.