Upcoming Classes

Current workshops and classes: 2019

Most classes are offered in Abingdon, Southwest Virginia, but if you’d like me to travel to your location for a conference, workshop, or group gathering, please contact me with the details, contact info and the time and location of your request.
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Location: Gather Inn, Abingdon, VA

Class: Wordcatching 1

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William King Museum of Art Abingdon, VA

Class: Visioning
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When: 1/12 Saturday 1:00-3:00pm

Cost: $30 ($25 for members)

Level: Teens & Adults

What do you envision for the coming year? For your future? Join Carolyn in a workshop exploring collage to create tableaus that visualize your plans, goals, hopes, and dreams for the future. Create a tableau to help set a general intention or to visualize specific steps to achieve a milestone. Supplies included.

Register at (276) 628-5005 ext. 109 by: 1/7 Monday. Registration not confirmed until payment received.
Instructor: Carolyn Koesters

Email lbridges@wkmuseum.org or call 276.628.5005 ext 109 to register.
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Write Yourself In During each class, we will write, have opportunities for discussion, and explore simple but powerful reflective writing exercises. interior whitetop yoga.jpg

Whitetop Yoga Abingdon VA
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Tuesday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm and (roughly) the second Tuesday of each month.
Here are the dates:
Jan 15
Feb 12
Mar 12
Apr 9
May 14
June 11
July 9
Aug 13
Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
Every time we approach the page, our minds may be full, of questions, or conflict, or curiosity, and the act of putting pen to page can calm that busyness. Once we “write ourselves in” we can more easily reflect on the language we use, the story we are telling ourselves, and possibly, identify any changes we are seeking.  Some of the themes covered over the year will include: transition, gratitude, identity, relationships, and memories. Each week, suggested prompts for at-home reflective writing will be offered.
During each class, we will write, have opportunities for discussion, and explore simple but powerful reflective writing exercises. Each class is open for drop in, or take all 11 in the series for a special “perfect attendance” treat!

 

Sign in through the website: http://whitetopyoga.com/

or simply drop in, no worries! 🙂

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Start your New Year off with creativity, reflection, and community! Please join us on Thursday, January 10th from 5:30- 8:00pm for a ‘wordcatcher’ workshop with Carolyn Koesters. In this workshop, participants will create a one-of -a -kind handmade personal journal in which to explore, focus on, and celebrate a chosen word for 2019. Carolyn will guide participants with thoughtful prompts and exercises. New art journaling techniques will be demonstrated, and a variety of different papers and materials including stamps, metallic markers, watercolors, paint, stickers and more will be on hand to experiment with. To learn more about Carolyn, visit her website at : www.wordcatching.com.

Participants may also choose to receive additional monthly email prompts throughout the year to invite reconnection to the journal, create a small online community through Facebook, and capture how the chosen word reveals itself throughout the year. There is also potential for a 6-month in person check-in over the summer to see how your journal has progressed! This class is suitable for all levels, ages 12 and over. The cost is $35 and includes all materials. There is room for 20 participants in the class. Those interested in registering for the workshop should contact the Art Center at 276-596-9188, and pay via credit card, or stop by the Arts Center during regular business hours Tuesday- Friday: 12-6pm; and Saturday: 10am-6pm. We will be closed December 25-January 1st, and will reopen on January 2nd. Come join us!

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wordcatcher 2019.jpgIn this brand-new workshop, you will create a personal journal, made with 12 recycled tabbed file folders, for you to explore, focus on, and celebrate a word for 2019 of your choosing. This workshop will provide ample time for responding to thoughtful prompts, trying new art journal techniques, playing with color and paper, and creating your own one-of-a-kind “wordcatcher” for 2019. Participants may choose to receive additional email prompts monthly throughout the year to invite you to reconnect to your journal, create a small online community through FB, and capture how the word you have chosen reveals itself throughout the year. Potential 6-month in person check-in over the summer to see how your journal has progressed! Perfect for all levels, ages 12 and over. All supplies provided, but you can bring your own for extra flair. Come join us! Carolyn Koesters www.wordcatching.comClass: Wordcatcher Books
Instructor: Carolyn Koesters
When: 1/13 Sunday 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $43 ($34 for members)
Level: age 12-AdultRegister at (276) 628-5005 ext. 109 by: 1/7 Monday. Registration not confirmed until payment received. Email lbridges@wkmuseum.org or call 276.628.5005 ext 109 to register.

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William King Museum of Art Abingdon, VA

 

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Class: Journal Cards

Instructor: Carolyn Koesters

When: Sunday, February 10th 1:30pm-3:30pm

Cost: $30.00 for non-members, $25.00 for members (please present membership card at registration)

This workshop focuses on the process of finding inspiration through printed words, magazine clippings, etc.and creating your own catalog or “card deck” of visual prompts to guide your personal journaling, creative writing sessions, or perhaps even a meditative or devotional practice. The card deck you create can be customized to a size that suits your needs. Store your personalized deck in a special box brought from home, or store the deck in a small box provided to workshop participants. Materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite supplies too.

To register call (276) 628-5005 ext. 109 by 2/4 Monday

email lbridges@wkmuseum.org or call 276.628.5005 ext 109 to register.
Looking forward to working with Elderspirit and Birthplace of County Music Museum in 2019! Stay Tuned!

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Life Is A Verb Camp/#workshops with Patti Digh

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November 1-4 Kanuga Retreat Center Hendersonville, NC

The only constant is change: Navigating Transition through Poem-writing, with Carolyn Koesters

Embrace your personal transition through journaling and poetry. Journal prompts for self-reflection are offered for careful investigation of your transition, and to prepare your heart for the creation of a new poem you will write to help guide you with your change. Using a contemporary poem exploring themes universal to all women- identity, power, change, loss, and relationships, we will springboard into a rich conversation, writing, and connection.

9/23/18 Sunday 1:30-3:30 Personal Journaling (Introductory)

This is where it all begins… notebook and pen. Develop tools for deeper self-reflection, personal growth, and memory-keeping. I’ve loved teaching this Wordcatching workshop for over 20 years, and can’t wait to help you explore the simple but powerful tool of putting pen to paper. Bring your journal, mug of tea, and a favorite pen or two.

bullet journal 20179/30/18 Sunday 1:30-3:30 Personal Journaling (In-depth)

Designed for the advanced or experienced journaler who would like to deepen their writing practice in new and uncomplicated ways. Learn how to approach the page beyond “Dear Diary…” with ample time for responding to thoughtful prompts. Take your personal writing to the next level. Bring your journal, mug of tea, and a favorite pen or two. (Wordcatching 1 not required.)

DSCN242410/14/18 Sunday 1:30-3:30 Art Journaling

Express yourself through color, paint, stencils, markers, and collage in a freeform creative space that sometimes goes where you never expected. No artistic experience necessary- just a curiosity to follow your thoughts,memories, and feelings! Materials you may want to bring: your favorite tote of creative tools: tape, scissors, glue, markers, papers, coloring supplies, ribbon, chocolate, etc.
$25 per class

email lbridges@wkmuseum.org or call 276.628.5005 ext 109 to register.

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Other Classes Available for Groups or Individuals:

The Gifts of Poetry

The Gifts of Poetry uses language through poetry, journals and literature for healing and personal growth. Each class leads students to experience a poem in a “non-English class” kind of way.  What matters in poetry therapy is simply the personal response to the poem. Can be offered in one-time sessions or in multiple-week series. Classes will last 1.5 hours and will include at least one writing exercise, discussion, and closing activity.

Target: anyone, no poetry experience needed.

Memoir /Life Story Writing

Ever wanted to create the story of your life? It’s easier to connect the dots with a step by step method, inspired by Ira Progoff’s SteppingStones exercise. Each class will focus on generating the stories and details that make your life story come alive… for years to come. Each class includes a private session with the instructor to set each writer’s outline for the rest of the class.

Target: anyone, no previous experience needed. 

Wordcatching 1

The Wordcatching 1 class explores writing techniques and journal ideas for both beginning and regular journalers, discovering fresh and innovative writing and visioning concepts for life expression, goal setting, and creativity. Workbook included.

Target: anyone, no previous experience needed.

Wordcatching 2

The Wordcatching 2 class is designed to take the devoted/advanced journaler to the edge of the journal page and fly. Push the limits visually and thematically and discover tools for deep writing, healing, and also journal organization. Workbook included.

Target: moderate to advanced journalers.

Poetry for Women in Transition

This class focuses on your personal language in two ways: through journaling and poetry. Journal techniques for self-reflection will be offered for writers of all levels. We use contemporary poems exploring themes universal to all women- identity, power, change, loss, and relationships. Join us for a rich conversation and celebrate the words in everyday life.

10 Poems to Open Your Heart

Easy, accessible poetry that speaks straight to your heart. There will be no counting anapests or trochees in this class! What matters in this conversational, easy-going setting is simply your personal response to words on the page. Each session includes some writing time and a group discussion. We will be using, as well as other selections, poems from Roger Housden’s book 10 Poems to Open Your Heart, (however, the text is not required).

Naming and Working with your Creative Block (The Rumpelstiltskin Method)

Name and claim the power of your Creative Block and what its purpose might be for you. You might be surprised at the answer! Learn techniques, tools, and tricks to make your Creative Block run for the hills! (For more about the Rumplestiltskin Method, read Journaling Truth #3.)

Target: anyone, no previous experience needed.

Additional classes for adults and/or modified for children over 8:

Creative mini-journal and bookmaking

Introduction to Journaling (create a journal and get started!)

Art Journaling

Scrapbooking

Collage on Canvas

Personal Card collage

Visionboarding/Mindmapping (focused collage on one theme)

Wishwriting (Guided goalsetting)