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What happens at a workshop?
At your first workshop you receive your Intensive Journal workbook. Not
all of the sections will be used in the Life Context and Life
Experience workshops. These will be used in later modules of the
Intensive Journal series.
The workshop leader will guide participants through a series
of journal sections based upon the structure developed by Dr. Ira
Progoff in At a Journal Workshop. This structure is set up so that the
sections complement each other and a continuous flow among them is
achieved. The leader will explain each section and then allow time for
participants to write in their workbooks.
Throughout the workshop the leader will allow time for
questions about either the method or about the direction of a
participant's writing. This may be done one-on-one in order to protect the
person's privacy. The leader will also allow time for participants to
read their work aloud. This is not meant to foster discussion about a person's
writing, but is for the purpose of connecting the reader to and evoking his
or her emotions.
Try a Sample Intensive Journal® Exercise
Now you can begin to experience how the Intensive Journal method works through a sample
exercise. It is important to do the exercise in a setting of complete silence,
with pen and paper (not computer), when you can relax and take your mind off
your daily life. Record what comes to you; do not edit or censor. Write the date
at the top of the page and the name of the exercise, "Period Log." You should
allow about 45 minutes to complete the exercise.
1. Describe the "Now" period of your life; an open ended
period that has a beginning but no ending. Examples include: three years since
you moved to a new city or started a new job.
2. Record your thoughts, feelings, memories - whatever
presents itself to you. Complete the phrase: "It is a time when...."; record
images that describe the period.
3. Describe more details about this period: people, projects
or activities; your health; attitudes about society; important events; dreams or
imagery; people who inspired you; and choices or decisions you made.
4. Read back what you have written and record any thoughts
and feelings that you have during this process of writing and reading back.
Through the Period Log exercise, you are beginning the process of
reconnecting with different aspects of your life from which new perspectives and
opportunities can reveal themselves.