Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Monday, Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

3131 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA

Presented by Deb Engle and Diane Glass

In this six-week class, we’ll help you take concrete, intentional steps toward writing, whether you’re starting a journaling practice or want to write for publication and need motivation and guidance.

You’ll discover…

  • New journaling techniques for beginning or experienced journalers.
  • Questions to help you explore deeper, more meaningful themes in your life.
  • How to make room for writing in your life.
  • How to find a spiritual thread in your life story.
  • How to write about moments that matter.
  • How to use writing to heal.
  • Skill builders that can make your writing shine.
  • How to turn journal entries into stories written for others to read.

Each session will include writing activities, opportunities for constructive writing critiques and a topic designed to move your writing forward. We’ll incorporate techniques from the Tending Your Inner GardenĀ® program to help you dig deep into your own life experiences so you can express them in your own unique way.

It’s all designed to help you find the deep, resonant themes that will inspire and enrich your writing.

  • We’ll practice “visual journaling,” encouraging you to sketch the images that come to mind during quiet reflection.
  • You’ll learn to look at your life as a continually changing landscape of nature. When have you experienced an inner Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? What have the seasons taught you?
  • You’ll learn about a daily practice known in ancient times as the “examen,” in which you can reflect back at the end of each day and reflect on your emotional responses.
  • You’ll connect with your Inner Advisor through visualization and learn how your Advisor can inform your writing.
  • You’ll have the chance to reflect on what’s sacred in your life right now. What brings you peace, joy, contentment and a sense of connection with all that is?

And much more!

If your creative voice is longing to be expressed, this is your time and opportunity to answer that call in a community of support.


Free book!

Your registration includes a copy of Winter: Women’s Stories, Poems and Inspiration for the Season of Rest and Renewal. We’ll use the essays and poetry in this volume as inspiration for your own creative voice.






If you’re not in the central Iowa area…

We’d like to offer a version of this writing class via teleconference after the first of the year. If you’re interested, please let us know.Ā 

About Deb and Diane…

Deb Engle is the author of Grace From the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time and has been published in collections of essays with Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama.

Through her company, GoldenTree Communications, Deb helps authors develop and publish their writing, offers mentoring in writing and life issues, and presents retreats and classes throughout the country.

Diane Glass guides others on their life journeys as a spiritual companion and teaches classes in creativity as spirituality.

Formerly with the Des Moines Register, she writes as part of Web Meditation Group, blogs and writes essays for Tending Your Inner Garden, and contributes to The Iowan magazine. She journals to discover the “hidden messages” inside, including significant dreams.


To register…

Please send a check for $185 to Inner Gardener, c/o Diane Glass, 3131 Fleur Drive, Unit 108, Des Moines, IA 50321.

Or pay by credit card or PayPal :

Space is limited. Please register early!