This course is offered as two sections—register for one or both.

We know that in times of distress, our words matter deeply. Words create worlds. Stories shift our experience of living. This offering provides pathways for building a sense of wholeness and capacity for those who seek to write and those who seek to lead through writing and/or narrative. We are each in media res—from the Latin—meaning “in the middle of things.” We are in the middle of our tales, and it is up to us to find the words that honor our experience exactly as it is and bring us to better places—places of strength, of curiosity, of hope, and of a future filled with meaning and significance.

This course is being offered in two sections. Attendees can participate in both sections or either section. No previous writing or storytelling/story-crafting experience is necessary.

Maria Sirois, Course Instructor

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change.

More about Maria

Section 1

For so many of us, expressing ourselves through writing opens doorway to relief, inspiration, and a clearer sense of knowing what is most needed and most important. This is a class for writers, poets, journal keepers, scribblers, and those who are simply hungry to find a way through this time by sharing their words, inspirations, and love of language. We will gather once a week for four weeks; I’ll offer writing prompts and reflections on writing, and we’ll discuss what’s working, what’s beautiful, and what’s important to remember in helping ourselves move through fear toward a deeper knowing. And, we will build community via a private Facebook page where we can share our best lines, or those we have read, and wonder aloud together at the power of language to increase our capacity to face life, dance with life, and survive its assaults with an inner dignity.

Section 2 – Story

Stories are the bread of life. In the darkest times and times of upheaval, story nourishes our soul, heals our suffering, elevates our capacity to shape and lead our lives, and lights the inner lights of strength, hope, wisdom, and perspective. The right story offered at the right time can heal a heart, pull a family together, motivate a team, activate a community, and connect a world. This course is for anyone who seeks to share stories that matter—to ourselves and to others. No storytelling/story-crafting experience is necessary. We will learn to cultivate the stories of our lived experience such that they elevate us and others. We will become wiser at listening and gathering stories from the world around us. And we will become more skillful at sharing story—around the board tables and dining tables of our worlds.

Who This Is For

Anyone who seeks to write or find the words to enable wisdom during this time. For writers, poets, songwriters, scribblers, journal keepers, and lovers of language—whether you have never taken any form of writing class before or not. All are welcome.

Technology

Wholebeing Institute uses state-of-the-art, user-friendly Zoom technology that allows you to see the faculty via video, watch the slides during the presentation, and participate during live events through your computer or mobile device. Presentation materials and any necessary pre-work or homework will be emailed in advance. Live sessions weekly from 11:00 am–12:00 pm ET.
Recordings will be posted following each session for students who are unable to join live or would like to review the material again.

Faculty

Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Maria is a longstanding faculty member at Wholebeing Institute and offers a number of courses, including the Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology. She is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat. www.mariasirois.com