Embrace yourself. One pen stroke at a time.
Imagine you’ve had a tough day. One where everything that could go wrong, went wrong. One where you tried to hold it all together. One where you barely make it through. But you have no one to talk to or at least no one who understands your struggles.
Now imagine, there’s a safe space — where you can be vulnerable, open, and honest about yourself and your life. A positive place without criticism, judgement, or fault-finding.
That's what a journal can be for you. It’s your map to coming home to yourself, in your own hands.
Maybe you've heard of journalling. Perhaps beginning to journal was even your New Year's Resolution... But how do you actually…start? What do you…you know, write? How do you face the blank page, and what all the emotions it brings up for you?
Introducing Therapeutic Creative Journalling™ — a self-compassionate, trauma-informed journalling style pioneered by wellness provocateur and dedicated journaller, Grace Quantock. It combines therapeutic writing, art journaling, structured and free-writing journalling styles to help you develop your own organic journalling practice. Therapeutic Art Journalling™ offers you a self-compassionate space you can access at any time. It's a safe space where you can practice being more and more fully you.
About your teacher
About your teacher, Grace Quantock is a psychotherapeutic counsellor in advance training. She has trained in workshop leadership with best-selling author and workshop leader Jennifer Louden. Grace's journalling practice has helped carry her through serious illness, grief, and pain. Grace has studied therapeutic art; her practice is inspired by the work of Marion Woodman, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Marlene Schiwy, Aviva Gold, and Cathy Malchiodi.
Common questions answered:
- What is journaling?
- Should I do a bullet journal? Or do I mean a planner? Or a colouring book? Maybe hand lettering? Is a journal like a diary? A gratitude journal? A line-a-day journal? What's the difference?
- I started journalling but couldn't continue. How do I start journalling again?
- How will journalling actually help me?
- How can I make time to journal? I'm so busy!
- I don't want to re-read my journal entries. Do I have to?
- I never keep up habits, how can I make this work for me?
- I hate my handwriting, how can I journal?
How can journaling help me?
Journaling can help us:
- Find a safe space to contain our emotions
- Figure out decisions, practising discernment
- Discover our voice and what is truly ours
- Notice painful dynamics or patterns in which we are struggling
- Create in a way that feels contained
- Weed out the ideas and fears that are pushed upon us
- Recognise where and how we need support
- Practice mindfulness in a grounded, embodied way
- Bring a writing practice into our self-care practice
- Cope with a busy life and busy mind
- Manage medical appointments and new information
- Resource ourselves after depleting times
- Develop an accessible daily creative practice
...and so much more.
Therapeutic Art Journalling™ is like a cup of good coffee with a friend who really gets you, but it's available anywhere, any time. Even at 3am.
October 2019| Creative Journalling Workshop: Masks, Shields & Stories
Join Grace on 26th October 2019 for Creative Journalling Workshop: Masks, Shields & Stories. We will be discovering our habitual masks and uncovering what may be beneath. By working with our boundaries and shielding, we find a space to explore ourselves and our possibilities through journalling. With writing, colour, gesture, reflection and deep inner listening, we will explore in community.
Based at the beautiful historic Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran with easy access from Cwmbran bus and railway stations and plenty of free parking in the town centre.
Time and Date:
Time: 10am - 1pm.
Date: Saturday 26th October 2019. Includes coffee, tea and cakes. £20.
Over 16s only at this time.
The venue has wheelchair access to the ground floor and an accessible lavatory but the workshop is on the first floor so there are stairs, unfortunately. I am looking for accessible spaces in the future that are affordable and have easy access to public transport.
You need to bring yourself and a fave pen/pencil and a notebook/ journal/exercise book/paper to write on. Everything else will be provided.
Limited places are available. Book your place now:
Journal Cafe 2019 | A monthly journal club for accountability and support
Want support, solidarity, compassion and accountability on your journalling journey? Join our monthly journalling club. It's a facilitated space to journal, explore and connect together. This isn't a taught session, but a facilitated space to gather and refuel.
Based at the beautiful historic Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran with easy access from Cwmbran bus and railway stations and plenty of free parking in the town centre. Includes use of art materials. Coffee, tea and cakes are available to purchase. Over 16s only at this time.
Time and Date:
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Date: Last Friday of the month: Friday 5th July | Friday 26th July | August break | 27th September | .25th October | 29th November | Winter break, re-starts January 2020.
Fee: £5 a month. Join the club here:
Cwmbran, May 2019: Creative Journalling for Wellbeing: Reclaiming Our Voices & Journal as a Sacred Container
A space to dive deeper into journalling. Exploring the journal as a sacred container to gather our lost or scattered pieces. To find, uncover, recover our authentic voices. To hear what we really want to say and be witnessed in that discovery.
Chepstow, March 19: Creative Journalling Retreat: Art & Story Retreat Day
Join Grace on 20th March 2019 for Creative Journalling Retreat: Art & Story Retreat Day. This is a retreat day — day to pause, come home to yourself, and deepen your connection to your own voice. Because this event takes place on the spring equinox, we will be working with myths of spring, returning and re-emergence, and the myth of Persephone. Explore the accessible tool of creative journalling in a held, therapeutic space. This event will take place at the beautiful Gestalt Centre Wales, in the heart of Chepstow. Art materials and vegan gluten-free refreshments included.
Bristol, March 19: Queer Creative Journalling Workshop: Exploring Queerness Through Journalling.
Want to explore queerness and embodiment through creative journaling? A collaborative workshop using journaling to explore queerness with Elizabeth Cooper, founder of Queer Body Love Sunday, March 10th, 2019 in Bristol, England! Spots are very limited so we can create a cozy environment where you will be well-held. We'll have vegan refreshments and you'll also receive your very own journal.
Newport, March 19: Queer Creative Journalling Workshop: Exploring Queerness Through Journalling.
Explore reclaiming your voice with creative journalling at the Riverfront Theatre Newport on International Women's Day 2019. Writer, psychotherapeutic depth coach and journalling teacher Grace Quantock is teaching a workshop to help you speak out (on the page and in the world). Delving into the history of women's voices being dismissed or disbelieved in western culture, how writing can help us discover our voice in the maelstrom of painful messages in modern society and how to make your mark. This powerful experience can ignite your creativity and voice this International Women's Day.
Cwmbran, Feb 19: Creative Journalling for Wellbeing: a Therapeutic Art Journal Workshop
Let's explore how your journal can be a safe space — where you can be vulnerable, open, and honest about yourself and your life. A positive place without criticism, judgement, or fault-finding. It’s your map to coming home to yourself, in your own hands. Maybe you've heard of journalling. Perhaps beginning to journal was even your New Year's Resolution... But how do you actually…start? What do you…you know, write? How do you face the blank page, and what all the emotions it brings up for you? This workshop introduces you to the core elements of Creative Therapeutic Journalling ™ and how to ignite your at-home practice that's supportive and sustainable.
N.B: If you'd like me to bring Therapeutic Art Journalling™ to your event, venue, therapeutic or retreat space, email grace AT gracequantock.com
P. S If you'd rather work individually, Grace offers inclusive psychotherapeutic counselling in Cwmbran and Chepstow, click here for details or email grace AT gracequantock.com