It is the mission of Wisdom Within, Ink to (re)introduce the healing and empowering art of creative expression to those searching for authenticity, self-acceptance, balance, purpose, and meaning.
I am a writer.
I have been writing a personal journal for over 20 years and now teach others how to find healing, creativity, and authenticity through journal writing. After awakening in the night knowing I must do what I love, I began teaching a self-designed journal workshop in 2005 (whose debut was thwarted by a little hurricane named Katrina). I then discovered the Center of Journal Therapy through which I am now a certified instructor. As such I offer private coaching, workshops, trainings, presentations and informal writing groups around Vermont. I have taught a spiritual growth workshop at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA where I have also assisted Thomas Moore (author of Care of the Soul) and Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa in the workshop, “From Religion to Spirituality.” I am currently working towards a Masters degree at Goddard College in Transformative Language Arts where I am concentrating on finding authentic voice in a new (feminine) spirituality and writing a memoir about my time in a fundamentalist religious group.
My response to life is to write it. I have words bumping around in my head which tumble out in my journal, blog and personal narrative essays. I have a weekly column in the Rutland Reader.com, and for a couple of years was a regular contributor to Mama Says . I also write journaling how-to articles at Examiner.com.
I was born and raised in England, so please forgive any strange spellings or turn of phrase and blame it either on my early British education or my later American one.
wisdom within, ink
Wisdom Within, Ink is the result of following my heart. The personal authenticity journey that begThe Artist’s Wayan with Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages‘** from The Artist’s Way became a belief in everyone’s inner wisdom, creativity, and ability to heal through writing. I also believe writing can help you make your ideal future happen. What began as natural urge to write has become my life. Wisdom Within, Ink is an umbrella under which I write for me, write for you, and teach you to write for you.
We all have the answers we need inside us. Writing is a key to unlock them. Wisdom Within, Ink is my journey to find my inner wisdom and authentic self – and help you find yours. Here you will find journaling tips and prompts, random musings acknowledging positive thinking, envisioning and serendipity, searching for an authentic life, and workshop listings.
See the Workshops tab for my brochure and a schedule of “Re-INK Your Life!” workshops in Vermont. I am also available to present customized workshops (of any length from 2 hours to weekend intensives) for various populations, including support groups, educators, business-owners, health and public safety providers, and at-risk groups. The diverse writing techniques lend themselves to most age and ability groups and personalities, and work well for staff retreats or wellness seminars.
See the Coaching page for information on how I can customize an in-person or online program to help you use personal writing as a tool to transform your life.
BIO: Joanna Tebbs Young is a Transformative Writing Facilitator and “Re-INK Your Life!”(c) Coach, a certified instructor through the Center for Journal Therapy, and a weekly columnist for the Rutland Reader. Joanna has facilitated various workshops and trainings throughout Vermont and has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is currently working towards a Masters degree in Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she is researching the psychological healing connections between expressive writing and the lost symbol of the sacred feminine. Having kept a journal for more than 20 years, Joanna has personally experienced the healing benefits of writing and is on a mission to help others discover an authentic life through expressive writing. Her blog, journaling prompts and workshop information can be found at wisdomwithinink.com.
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