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Honoring Heirloom through Words: Writing to Discover & Declutter

November 8, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 8, 2023


Wednesdays, October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 2023
12-1:30 p.m. Eastern

What stories do the objects in your home tell? Are they all heirlooms, or do some hold sentimental value for small – maybe even silly – reasons? In this Ritualwell Immersion, you will be invited to explore the stories these objects might tell and to use them to help discern what you want to hold onto and what things could be better used by others. Join decluttering coach Gari Julius Weilbacher and writer Ellen Blum Barish as they help shine a new light on the objects in your home. Gari will provide decluttering strategies using the wisdom of the Jewish calendar and the energy of the new year. Ellen will show us how we can deepen our understanding of our ‘object relationships’ through the power of writing memoir. Join us for this four-week Immersion to bring clarity and cohesion to your home and heart.

All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.


headshot of Ellen Blum Barish

Ellen Blum Barish is the author of the spiritual memoir Seven Springs (Shanti Arts, 2021), the essay collection Views from the Home Office Window (Adams Street Publishing, 2007), and a contributor to Chicago Storytellers From Stage to Page (Chicago Story Press, 2020). You can find her personal essays in Tablet, Lilith, Brevity’s Blog, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, and The Chicago Tribune and hear them on Chicago Public Radio. She founded the literary publication Thread, which earned four notables in Best American Essays. Ellen has taught writing at Northwestern University, Chicago-area synagogues, and writer’s studios, including Story Studio Chicago and Lighthouse Lit Fest. She works privately with writers on essay collections and memoir.




As an Empowerment Coach, Gari Julius Weilbacher knows that we all benefit when we are freed from the “stuff” holding us back. Her clients have launched nonprofit organizations, opened businesses, published books, established faith communities, tamed time, solidified work/life equilibrium and increased professional satisfaction. You can learn more and schedule a complimentary coaching conversation at WildBrookCoaching.com.


November 8, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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