Materials become available May 4, 2020
Seven weeks exploring our relationships and the ways we relate with others, our world, and our Self through stream-of-conscious writing prompts and embodiment practices
Three emails per week containing essays, writing prompts and body-centered mindfulness exercises
All humans are welcome to participate
Sliding scale pricing based on US Dollars
Option 1 :: $180 for those who can pay extra to allow me to offer lower rates
Option 2 :: $135 recommended price
Option 3 :: $90 for those needing partial funding
Option 4 :: $45 for those in need of extra crisis funding
We are on a precipice, collectively and for many of us individually. We know the old ways, the status quo, do not serve us. We know our own harmful patterns and cycles, passed down through generations of trauma, do not ultimately make our lives more fulfilling or safer.
We know that our disconnection is causing great harm. We know that our dissociation is only perpetuating the intergenerational and collective trauma that lives within us. We know that neither isolating emotionally nor lashing out are the way to deep, intimate connection.
And still here we are. Repeating patterns and cycles that cause harm. Remaining disconnected from our feelings (emotions and their physiological sensations). Keeping our armor on and not allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. Avoiding emotional intimacy at all costs while this is exactly the thing we crave the most.
I don’t believe we are intentionally repeating these patterns and cycles, passing down pain and trauma. I believe we live in a culture that encourages us to do so and that it is complicated and challenging to find resources to shift, grow, and heal.
Embodied Writing :: Relating is a resource for us all to do just that. This seven week program will guide you through exploring different aspects of relating with others, with your Self and with our greater world. We will explore our attachment wounds from our families of origin as well as the ways our greater culture encourages us to stay disconnected and dissociated and we learn new, more nurturing, loving, and intimate ways of relating.
Writing has always been a passion of mine. It is a way I process, explore, and express myself. It is how I seek out the answers I hold within me. It is a way I connect with my Self, and it is a way I connect with others in the world.
Writing can be something that we do only with our heads. Those of us who have experienced trauma and have it living within us tend to be very good at being in our heads. It is a safer place to be, it is less terrifying than being in our bodies.
Yet, I have found that being able to connect with my body and allow my mind to translate the non-verbal into the verbal, to find a way to express all (or at least some of what) my body holds so that I can understand more clearly my own motivations, unconscious longings, my Self has been my own next evolution in my processing and coming more fully into me and the world.
Our body-mind connection is strong, however one of the challenges is being able to translate the language of our bodies into the language of our minds, to move the unconscious into consciousness, the nonverbal into the verbal. Our bodies will continue to communicate to us, whether we hear them or understand them or not, and the more our bodies don’t feel heard, the louder their messages become.
I have found ways in my own writing practice to become and remain present to my body. To allow myself to experience the sensations and emotions I am feeling while also processing with my mind through writing. To be more present and not only “up in my head”.
Embodied Writing :: Relating is my way of sharing these practices with you while also exploring some of our own deep seated attachment wounds and harmful ways of relating; learning to sit in the discomfort of liminal space as well as the (non harmful) emotions of ourselves and others; and reclaiming the ways to true emotional intimacy and deeper, more robust relationships.
During our seven weeks together I will be utilizing the story of Inanna and her journey to, in, and then from the Underworld as the scaffolding of our work. Each week we will explore one aspect of relating: first naming an internalized story of how we “should” relate with others, next spending some time processing and caring for ourselves around that narrative, and then reclaiming our own Truth about how we are truly meant to relate with each other and ourselves.
You will receive emails on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, each containing a short essay from me, a stream of conscious writing prompt for you to explore, and a body-centered mindfulness practice to help you connect to your body, your unconscious motivations, and your innate wisdom and knowing.
I would be thrilled for you participate in his journey, this adventure. As with all my work, I offer a sliding scale based on household income. I trust you to choose the price that works best for your family while respecting the value of my work. If you are deeply called to this program but are unable to meet the low the end of the scale, please reach out to me at gwynn at gwynnraimondi dot com as I have a very limited number of partial scholarships that I can offer.
About Me: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Washington in the US as well as a writer. I specialize in trauma, specifically complex (childhood, relational, attachment based) trauma; grief; and embodiment. I have written about many different types of trauma and the ways it impacts our relationships extensively over the last several years. I offer online groups and programs periodically throughout the year, as well as work with individual clients via Zoom. You can learn even more about me here.
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