Finding Permission for Joy

An expressive writing workshop

Date:  July 25, 2018

Time:  7-9:30 PM

Place: 321 Carlaw Ave., Suite 209, Toronto, Dr. Stacy’s Design Your Life Loft

Cost: $75 + HST


Summer is a time for play. And yet, with the demands of work and family in an increasingly competitive world, we don’t allow ourselves to experience it.


Instead, we knock items off our to-do lists and answering emails. Making time for pleasurable activities can seem an impossible task when the to-do list never really gets done and the emails just keep piling up.


And yet, giving yourself time to enjoy is the most important thing you can do for your mental and emotional wellbeing.


Joy doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. And it doesn’t have to be Instagram-worthy, either. It can be a small moment of private pleasure. It can be a simple experience shared with a person you cherish.


Whatever it is, you must invite it in.


This writing workshop is an opportunity to give yourself permission for joy. We’ll respond to writing prompts that help you identify:


What brings you joy?


What blocks you from feeling joy?


How does joy feel in your body?


Who are the people who support your joy?


What can you do today to invite more joy into to your life?

About the Growing Forward Through Writing workshop series

Growing Forward Through Writing is a workshop series designed to help you use expressive writing as a tool for your own personal healing.


Like a meditation or yoga practice, expressive writing is a powerful technique that can help you to cope with stress and emotional upheaval. You can use it to heal old wounds, address emotional patterns that are no longer serving you, set boundaries in relationships, and make decisive plans for the future.


In a safe, supportive environment you will learn to explore writing in a new way that has nothing to do with style, grammar, spelling or how “good” you are at writing.


Under the guidance of Daphne Gordon, an expressive writing workshop facilitator, you will develop your own healing writing practice, which you can use anywhere, anytime.


This workshop does not require prior experience with writing. If you speak English as a second language, you are welcome to write in your own language.


What to bring: Please bring a notebook and your writing utensil of choice — pen, pencil, feather quill —  whatever brings you joy!


SIGN UP: Spaces are limited to 6. Please contact Dr. Stacy to get a seat at the writing table.

Dr. Stacy Thomas