Let's Dive Deep in 2016

February 27 + 28, 2016  |  Alameda, California

A collaboration with Laurie Wagner

We all have one, don't we? An idea for a book...an inkling to put our stories on paper. I'm thrilled to join forces with the lovely Laurie Wagner, and we've assemble a soulful, practical 2-day workshop designed to take your big idea and break it down into smaller, manageable, meaningful pieces. Both writers, published authors and experienced guides, Laurie and I can speak to every aspect of the book creation process, from outlining to writing to editing to publishing.

This workshop is for you if you...

  • Have a book idea you're ready to get organized.
  • Are interested in learning about the book creation process.
  • Would like the opportunity to connect with fellow writers and authors.
  • Are up for a weekend adventure in the Bay Area of Northern California.
  • Like the idea of hearing what two experienced authors have to share about what it takes to write a book.
  • Want to explore the soulful and practical aspects of bringing your book to life.
  • Are eager for tools, prompts and guidance to begin your book creation process.

Click here for all the details.

Early 2016 | Online

I am excited to invite you to join me for The Conscious Booksmith: A Mindful Approach to Creating Your Book! This thoughtfully created e-course - a collaboration with the beautiful Jen Gray and Michelle Madden-Smith of Animyst - is a guide for aspiring authors and book-makers. It is filled with tools and inspiration designed to support the creation of a comprehensive book plan reflective of your values, priorities and ideals.

We've gathered two Conscious Booksmith communities since we first launched in 2014, and it has been an honor to see where the members of our Conscious Booksmithers alumni have gone since taking our course. A few have finished and self-published their book, one took the tools we offered and put them to work on her first women's retreat, one of our writers was recently invited to be a regular blogger for a Disney website, and one author is currently negotiating her first bona fide book contract.

This course is for you if you...

  • Have a book idea! Regardless of the stage you're in, The Conscious Booksmith has something to offer!
  • Are self-motivated and looking for some practical tools to get your ideas organized and clarified.
  • Need support in either of the three main areas of making a book real - organizing, writing and publishing.
  • Are interested in learning about the book creation process.
  • Think you want to write a book, but want to understand more about what it involves.

We're currently restructuring the Conscious Booksmith content, and will be launching the new course in early 2016.

May 5 - 9, 2016 | New Orleans, Louisiana

Wild Roots, Sacred Wings

Can you hear it? Her low-lit, husky, bluesy serenade? She's seductively calling to you - whispering your name on her tantalizing river breeze, beckoning, "Come to me, come to me." She generously shares a provocative springtime feast for the senses, tactile and hypnotic. She offers charmed adventures laced with spirit-filled mystery. She is the sacred and the profane, and we will revel in her arms. Our 2015 New Orleans retreat sold out on the first day, so get ready - registration opens SOON.

This retreat is for you if you...

  • Feel the pull to experience New Orleans off the beaten path.
  • Are drawn to the soulful magic of Wild Roots, Sacred Wings.
  • Are in need of a sensory jolt to wake up your wild spirit.
  • Crave a potent circle of soulful sisterhood.
  • Love good food, urban adventures and mystical, serendipitous moments. 

Click here for details on our New Orleans gathering.

June 23 - 26, 2016 | Ojai, California

+ an online experience before and after

Plant Dreaming Deep is the title of one of my favorite books by May Sarton. I love the way it gently speaks to the quiet, soulful work that must be done to bring our visions, dreams and longings to life. This is not always easy work, but it is not impossible work - it is time, attention, devotion and love, all of which lifts and energizes not only our lives, but our families, our communities and the world.

Whatever it is you feel tugging at your heart, know this:  The commitment you give to its realization is the greatest gift you can give the world. Too often, ideas and visions come our way, only to be set aside for another time, another day. Even then, the first step is always the greatest challenge, because what should that first step be? How to get started on an idea that feels overwhelming, unorganized, flying in too many directions? If you are ready to dive deep, plant your dreams and share this experience in a safe, supportive circle this spring, now is the time to say yes.

This offering is especially close to my heart, as it gives me the opportunity to dig deep with an intimate circle of women during the time of year when buds are blossoming and the world is filled with new energy and alive-ness. We'll gather online in early June for three weeks of exploration and clarification, join in a circle in Ojai, and then wrap up our time in early July. It will be kind of intense, but we're going to have a great time

This online course + retreat is for you if you...

  • Have a vision you're ready to clarify, organize and make real.
  • Are looking for meaningful support, tools and guidance to chart a course for a specific idea or dream.
  • Would like an intimate, encouraging community of supporters as you take your first steps.
  • You're ready to dive deep, dig in, open up and take a leap.
  • Want to take advantage of the 20+ years of experience I've had with success, failure and everything in between.
  • Like the idea of a multi-faceted, multi-layered structure that culminates with a weekend gathering in Ojai.

All details will be posted right here before the end of 2015.

September 29 - October 3, 2016 | Ojai, California

Wild Roots, Sacred Wings

Come sit by the fire loves, cocooned in friendship with a coven of imaginative, inspired, luminescent butterflies. Relax or get wild, lay your sweet head down and rest, or create and explore, sing a song with the rest of us welcoming fireflies. You belong here.

This retreat is for you if you...

  • Are longing to sit in a sacred circle, connect with like-minded women and tap into your inner voice and wisdom through guided creative activities and projects.
  • Are in need of a restful, restorative environment to refuel your body, mind and spirit.
  • Feel called to be part of the Wild Roots, Sacred Wings community, one that has been forming and expanding since 2014.
  • Crave silence, stillness and maybe a good dose of solitude.
  • Long for the opportunity to open the channel to your creative spirit and let your expressions run wild.

Click here for details on our Ojai gathering.

Ongoing | Online

Brave Girl University

Christine is thrilled to be on the teacher roster at Brave Girl University. She offers small yet potent morsels of inspiration, with more goodness to come in 2016.

This offering is for you if you...

  • Would enjoy access to a wide array of offerings from an astounding roster of teachers.
  • Are looking for bite-sized snippets of inspiration and guidance towards the creation of a meaningful life.
  • Are curious to learn more about how I create and celebrate the beautiful in the ordinary.

Click here to join the Brave Girl University community.