Join us for a day of experimentation, exploration and discovery, designed to support and enhance your natural creative abilities. You will be held in a safe, non-judgemental space where you can break through blocks and experience the joy of writing freely and easily. Through a series of exercises using journaling, mindfulness, meditation and storytelling, you’ll learn how to become the author of your life.
This is a workshop for anyone who wants to use writing as a tool for either personal or professional development. Be inspired to learn something new in this transformative one-day programme.
Only 20 spaces are available.
Here is the outline of the day:
10am – 10.30am: Arrival and settling in
10.30am – 11.10am: Introductions, a brief introduction to mindset matters, goal setting and intentions for the day ahead. We’ll create a post-it notes wall of intention in order to bring these to life.
11.10am – 11.30am: Guided meditation by Zita to open the heart centre, move beyond your comfort zone and promote healthy self-expression.
11.30 – 11.45am: BREAK
CLEARING THE BLOCKS TO SELF-EXPRESSION
11.45am – 12.15pm:
Learn what the communication pyramid is, and how to navigate it.
Discover your writing personality and how to use it to your advantage.
Practise using a tool to figure out your vision and values to get to the heart of ‘why’ you want to write.
12.15pm – 12.30pm: Journaling exercise on shame: When, where and why have people shamed you into thinking your creativity is bad.
12.30pm –12.45pm: Experiential exercise led by Zita to liberate shame and fear and develop communication skills.
12.45pm – 1.45pm: LUNCH
TAPPING THE CREATIVE CURRENT
1.45pm – 2.45pm:
Using your senses and the practice of object writing to write freely and easily
How to create a joy list and a loss list
Exploring metaphor – the language of the soul
Creating metaphor tables
Journaling exercise: What is your life trying to tell you?
2.45pm – 3pm: BREAK
YOUR LIFE, YOUR RULES
3pm – 3.15pm: Words of life therapy wisdom from Zita
3.15pm – 3.45pm:
Structuring your day through self-care
Discussion on the writing and journaling lifestyle
Some perils along the self-expression path
Practical exercise in plotting an ideal day
3.45pm – 4pm: Guided exercise with Greta and Zita in choosing a poetry prescription
4pm – 4.30pm: we’ll revisit the post-it notes wall and use the talking stick method to share insights, experiences and goals for the future. There’ll be closing messages and key thoughts to remember as you continue to walk the self-expression path.
Greta Solomon is a British journalist turned writing coach and the author of Heart, Sass & Soul: Journal Your Way to Inspiration and Happiness (Mango, 2019) and Just Write It! (McGraw-Hill, 2013). In 2006, she discovered a talent for helping people overcome the blocks, fears and shame that stops them from fully expressing themselves. Through talks, workshops and online programs, she teaches real-world writing techniques and inspires others to live rich, full lives. Her work has been featured in Forbes.com, The Numinous and The Huffington Post. She is a published poet and songwriter, a psychology graduate, certified life coach, trained lifelong learning teacher and holds a specialist certificate in lyric writing from Berklee College of Music. She lives in London with her husband and their daughter.
What people say about working with Greta
“Your writing workshop woke me up. I saw how my old love of writing, which had sustained me in girlhood could empower me again.” ~ Ampy basa, private chef, connector, food enthusiast and teacher
“Your session was an excellent example of good teaching in practice. Clear, concise instructions: an interesting, real-world opportunity to put learning into practice; great variety of exercises from teacher-led to pair work; lovely creation of a warm, encouraging atmosphere and plenty of checking of understanding.” ~ Emily Pedder, Director at The Book Edit & Creative Writing Course Co-Ordinator at City, University of London
“Your ability to include everyone in the discussion was immensely valuable. I left the retreat feeling very feeling very inspired.” ~ Dickson Anam, aspiring writer
“I feel less alone, and more supported since being with you and the wonderful group of writers. Your personal aura, your ambience, Greta, is of generosity of spirit, of clarity, of possibility. It is possible for me to do this.” ~ Rosi Lovdal, retired artist
“Before your workshop, I had been writing a creative lifestyle blog for about two years, with no guidance or training. This was an experience I enjoyed immensely, and I felt drawn to. The biggest challenges I faced were not having the knowledge or skills required to improve my writing style and not feeling clear about my long-term goals in terms of writing. I now have writing techniques that were not at my disposal beforehand and which add depth and interest to my writing. I have more clarity as to where I want to go with my writing and what part I want writing to play in my career as a creative. I have had more confidence since the workshop to find my own writing style. In addition, I felt that there was a deep, soulful feel to the training. There was a strong message and learning that writing from the heart, finding your passion and being clear about the reason you write are equally as important as the skills and techniques. I believe this makes Greta’s workshop unique.” ~ Lucy Peltier, blogger and crafter
“When I was young, I loved to write stories and also wrote constantly as a way to express the angst of my teenage years. Unfortunately, this led to shaming because those very personal journal entries were read by someone who used them to ridicule and criticise me. You are the first person to name and identify the damage done by this kind of shaming. After working through your course, I am recognising that I am well on the way to healing that tender, violated part of my inner world. There has been a remarkable, gradual fading of the critical inner voice. Now, I have a structure to work within and techniques to practice and it has given me a sense of direction and purpose.” ~ Janet McQueen, blogger / photographer / creative elder
Zita is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, ICF accredited Systemic Coach and NLP Master Practitioner with over 12 years in practise working in Los Angeles, Stockholm and now London. Zita co-writes Loving Legal Life, a bi-monthly column on career and wellbeing for The Lawyer Magazine with James Pereira QC. She sees members of the legal profession, financial services and entertainment industry for coaching in performance enhancement and personal development. Zita is dynamic, intuitive and intelligent; her coaching is effective in that it invites us to reach our potential by rattling preconceptions and inviting clarity of thought. Zita shares a joyful, effortless life with her partner and three stepchildren.
For more information you can visit her website https://lifetherapywithzita.com
What people say about working with Zita
“Zita is a wonderfully generous facilitator who has a breadth of knowledge, experience and understanding to hold a safe space for reality to be acknowledged and addressed. Her coaching skills allow you to stretch your emotional, intellectual and creative awareness in a focussed and safe way.” ~ E.P., Barrister
“Zita is an amazing workshop facilitator. Centred, grounded and calm she has an extraordinary ability to see the greater truth of what is emerging in individuals and the group as they harness new insights and connect dots in a way that allows you to gain the most value from the workshop.” ~ Karen D, Marketing Department; Mine Craft
“Working with Zita allowed me to become a better version of myself. She challenges you to see yourself and your life in ways that one could not visualise alone. The benefits of her coaching are immense and have reached into all areas of my life. I only wish I had found her sooner.” ~ PL
“Excellent, I could have listened to her for hours.” ~ Anonymous, WIBF
“Zita separates what is confused, completes what is incomplete, includes the excluded and dignifies the devalued.” ~ JD Christie