Wild Wonders: A Free SoulBook Class

Topics: Inspiration


Merry Christmas! If you are looking for something to get you through the dark days of winter, my good friends Diane, Ruth, and I have a gift for you.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Brené Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness and begged you all to read it as an antidote to the raging culture wars swirling around us now.

What Brown describes is hard to do. I am not sure I am getting anywhere with it myself but it eased my mind a sliver to know that there is a path to follow–even if it is a path in the wilderness.

At the same time I was listening to Brown, those two closest and wisest friends and I were plotting to offer a class to you all. (When you need something desperately and you are a teacher or a leader, you find a way to teach or lead it.)

It is really about giving yourself the messages you need to hear by slowing down and making a book.

Not writing a book.

Making a book from cardboard, tape, glue and pictures.

I connect this SoulBook project to Braving the Wilderness since you will need to show yourself great love in order to face the unknown. Here is the metta loving kindness prayer of the Buddhists:

In this practice, the person praying starts with herself and then extends that out to those nearest, ending with the greater world. In other versions, the practicioner begins with himself, moves to those he loves, holds up those he feels neutral about, prays for his enemies, and then ends with ‘all beings everywhere.’

It is my great hope that by taking the time to look at what matters most to us, we can make a change in ourselves that will shine out on the rest of the world. Perhaps we can even be a little like a hobbit.

Gandalf Kindness Quote

So here is the class. If you are local, I would love to see you join us. If not, you may want to use the materials here to lead your own class.

Winter SoulBook Workshop at Puyallup United Methodist Church
1919 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371
Dates: January 21, February 4, and February 18 at 2:00 pm
Please join us for a bookmaking workshop to bring light and love to the last of the dark winter days. We will be crafting our SoulBooks from cardboard, paint, photos, and other treasures that you can glue down. We’ll also be discussing ways to engage in our world with a ‘strong back, soft front, and a wild heart.’ While there are materials available for purchase, you can find most everything you need in your home or from room 9.
Did I mention that it’s free?
For more information on the SoulBook project, see the website with free videos and downloadable materials.
To register, add a comment below or contact one of us. (See the contact tab above!)
My book in progress:



About the author: Karrie Zylstra Myton is a blogger, essayist, and aspiring author who writes for the wild joy it brings on the best days and the hard lessons she learns about life on the worst. After crafting stories in the ridiculously early morning hours, she chases her two sons, cuddles with cats, and laughs with her husband about how crazy life can get in middle age.

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