Thursdays, May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 2024
12-1:30 p.m. EDT
$180 for four sessions
When we write out our spiritual paths, it clarifies how ordinary moments of life can be holy moments. Writing a spiritual autobiography helps you to discover how teachers, touchstones, symbols and stories have led you to make meaning and understand the sacred in your personal story. In this immersion, join Ritualwell’s Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, a writer and spiritual director, to map out and narrate your most meaningful life experiences. We’ll read excerpts of powerful spiritual autobiographies to inspire us and expand our understanding of the formats that this kind of writing can take. There is also ample room to write about spiritual experiences that may be outside of a Jewish framework. This immersion is for everyone—whether you identify as a religious or spiritual person or are seeking a spiritual path. No prior creative writing experience needed.
Topics we will explore include:
- Understanding your name/birth story
- Exploring family lineage/Ancestral resilience, trauma/connections
- Mapping your spiritual journey/the sacred moments in your life
Participants will have the opportunity to share feedback with the facilitator and present to the group through the immersion.
All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.
Gabrielle Ariella Kaplan-Mayer is Ritualwell’s Director of Virtual Content and Programs. She is an author and educator whose work focuses on spirituality, creativity and disability. Her personal essays have been featured in Tablet, Shondaland, NBCThink, Wisdom Daily, WHYY and many other publications and she has published several nonfiction books as well as plays for children. Gabrielle is currently working on a memoir about the power of intuition and ongoing conversations with her ancestors. She writes a Substack newsletter called “Journey With The Seasons,” a weekly practice of meditative reading with creative self-expression prompts.
Gabrielle holds a BFA in theater and creative writing from Emerson College and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.