fall 2017 circles

writing life: finding your stories in the every day

a one-day circle of writing, connection and renewal with Mary Ann Moore

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nanaimo

In a Writing Life Circle with the theme of “Finding Your Stories in the Every Day,” you will have an opportunity for replenishment, and an honouring of your voice. “Writing Life” is to write from life and to create a writing life. In the circle, you’ll root your stories in the present, in the life you’ve created for yourself. You’ll reflect back on your gifts from the journey, integrating your memories into the here and now. You’ll plant seeds of compassion along the way. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned writer, you will have a chance to write what has meaning for you. A labyrinth walk will offer calm, rebalance, and further insight into finding your stories in the every day.

The photo is of a pilgrimage and “What is a pilgrimage?” Thomas Merton asked. He answered: “A return to a place where there will be an encounter and a renewal of life.”

other one-day circle dates:

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Writing Life: Maps of the Possible
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Place You Already Are: Poetry as Medicine (See Poetry Circle page)


The fee for the one-day circle (including lunch and snacks at Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo),  is $140.

to register:

Please call Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo at 250-754-3254 or email
To register online, visit
If you’re from out of town, consider staying overnight at Bethlehem Centre.

the setting

Bethlehem Centre
2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo


If you haven’t been to a circle with Mary Ann before and you’d like to connect in person in advance, please contact Mary Ann Moore at 250-729-2630 or

the intent of the writing circle :

  • To provide a safe place for people to tell their stories.
  • To find the still centre of ourselves and of the circle.
  • To write what has heart and meaning for us.
  • To realize our role as leaders in a circle of leaders.
  • To remember the divine feminine and embrace our female and male teachers.
  • To becoming a community of peers slowing down to a natural rhythm.

what a former circle member has to say:

I felt comfortable and honoured to be in a diverse circle of Remembering Our Earth Mother and Remembering Our Selves. The enthusiasm and spiritual energy were superb. I was glad to be in the circle where we drew encouragement, support and healing energy from each other.
Germaine Chrupalo, O.S.B.

Mary Ann Moore

As a poet, writer and circle leader, I bring many years of experience, passion and playfulness to writing and exploring in community. I find great delight in seeing people awaken their creative potential.