At a Journal Workshop has ratings and 26 reviews. Ann M said: It’s really wordy — so many extra words to say the least little thing that it’s distra. All quotes in this article are from Progoff’s book At a Journal Workshop: Writing to Access the Power of the Unconscious and Evoke Create Ability, written in Life Examined – The Progoff Intensive Journal Process His best-known book, At a Journal Workshop (), is the basic text and guide to the.
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Ellery Littleton teaches several programs at The Haven. His next is Writing up a Storm: Progoff, who died at age 77 inwas the godfather of the contemporary journal-writing movement, which has blossomed incredibly in the last couple of decades.
It is rather like the King James Version of journal-writing books — long, complex and challenging — the source of many worksop the most enduring and useful concepts in the field. Over the years, these rudimentary journals evolved into the sensitively-structured, multi-layered, cross-referencing set of notebooks which now form the basis for Intensive Journal Workshops, offered across North America and around the world by the New York-based Dialogue House, established by Progoff in the s.
Each workshop participant receives a specially-organized looseleaf notebook, which leads them through specific writing guidelines.
Intensive Journal Intro — Wright
Intensive journal workshops encourage individual privacy, although people are periodically invited to read portions of their journal, so they can experience the emotions that surround reading their entries aloud. No judgments or analyses are invited. The workshops provide a place where you can sit quietly to let the muddy waters of life settle progofff clarify themselves. This atmosphere of meditative silence provides an environment which helps people search deep within themselves, and tune into a larger awareness.
Begin by making entries in the first four sections. Then make entries in other appropriate sections as thoughts and insights arise. Log the date and time of each entry. Approach the exercise slowly; and once into it, allow lots of time for contemplation and revision. The archetypal Jungian terminology has a way of stirring deep feeling and memory. Allow the process to stretch over several days, or longer, if necessary.
You can return to the notebook, and its different sections, again and again over workkshop, expanding and deepening your process of self-observation and awareness.
Sit quietly, with eyes closed, and let yourself feel the content of the period just described. Relax and let imagery, impressions and symbols form in your mind. When you are ready, record them. This gives you an interior perspective on your life. List about a dozen key points that have occurred throughout your life.
Select meaningful emotional, physical, occupational and relational milestones. This gives you a sense of continuity and a picture of your life as a whole.
At a Journal Workshop by Progoff, Ira
Be open to surprises. Roads Taken and Not Taken. Select one steppingstone that marks a time when you made an important choice avoid the most recent.
This is a place for collecting jouranl experiences without judgment or interpretation. Think back over the past 24 hours and trace moods, concerns and thoughts. This is an ongoing record of what is happening to you, and an important way to track your awareness. In the seeing comes the understanding. Jot down dreams as you recall them — without analysis or interpretation.
Dreams often contain valuable information about our life, but awareness takes time to surface.
Pick someone — living or dead — of inner importance to your life. Write a statement describing where the relationship is, then list their life steppingstones. Let the dialogue script form itself; say what needs to be said; listen carefully.
Life Examined – The Progoff Intensive Journal Process
Woroshop process can help dramatically to clarify relationships, and is one of the most moving and rewarding exercises in the entire journal-writing tool kit. Pick wworkshop activity you care about, and write down your thoughts and feelings about your relationship to it. List the steppingstones in the life of this work as if it were a person; speak to it and let it respond. Read over the dialogue and record your reactions.
This helps clarify your relationship to work. Dialogue with worishop Body. List some remembrances of bodily experiences throughout your life — such as times of strength and accomplishment, illness, sensuality, athletics, food and drug use.
Read over the list and write what stirs within you. Let your body speak. This helps you connect with your physical experience. Dialogue with the body, a part of the body, a symptom, a condition, a feeling.
Pick a person you consider wise — a teacher, counselor, parent, author, spiritual figure. This can lead to important behavioral and spiritual insights. Briefly state a vision, prayer or plan for the next period or stage in your life. This will help you focus on where you are going, sometimes with intense emotional clarity. Monday, February 8, –