The Cavewoman Way Women's Virtual Writing Series
Mondays for 6 Weeks
starting February 1, 2021
January's Full Wolf Moon is the perfect time to dive into this introspective writing series inspired by the story of La Loba (Wolf Woman). This writing series offers us time and space to embrace the second half of the winter season and reconnect to the creative, intuitive, wild, and wise parts of ourselves before spring arrives. Many of us crave the opportunity for reflection, exploring darkness, and contemplation during winter and writing is a powerful way to do this work. Brief readings from books such as The Heroine's Journey, Women Who Run With the Wolves, and Wild Women Wild Voices will be shared, and each week there will be a short meditation or activity, a series of writing prompts, and time to share aloud.
Our writing groups a special. We hold space for each other's journey and find ways to bring to life our creative and intuitive selves.
Week One: The Cave of Wisdom
In myth and story, the cave is a place of deep reflection, remembering, and reclaiming the soul's voice. It is the ritual room of the Goddess. It is a wombspace for rebirth. It is where we encounter the Wise Woman. I will share the story of La Loba, the story that inspired this writing series and we’ll explore our own inner Cave of Wisdom through meditation and writing. We’ll also discuss ways to nurture and honor our own cave time as well as weave self-care and intention into our time together.
Week Two: Remembering
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us in Women Who Run With the Wolves: “No matter by which culture a woman is influenced, she understands the words wild and woman, intuitively. When women hear those words, an old, old memory is stirred and brought back to life. The memory is of our absolute, undeniable, and irrevocable kinship with the wild feminine, a relationship which may have become ghosty from neglect, buried by overdomestication, outlawed by the surrounding culture, or no longer understood. We may have forgotten her names, we may not answer when she calls ours, but in our bones we know her, we yearn toward her; we know she belongs to us and we to her.” This week is all about remembering. Through story and writing we will begin the process of unearthing the wild, creature-like, parts of ourselves and loving them back into being.
Week Three: Gathering the Bones
Even intuitive and wise women find themselves disconnected from parts of their true, wild self. Obligations, distractions, expectations, and social conditioning pull us away from and cause us to forget our wild, natural selves. Gathering the bones is all about reconnecting to those parts of ourselves and giving them a voice. Think of it as a scavenger hunt. There are many ways to gather bones: meditation, counseling, art, dreamwork, and lots of others. The journey we started in week two continues this week as we write our way back to our bones, carrying them back to our Cave of Wisdom.
Week Four: The Fire of Transformation
Come sit with me by the fire. With our gathered bones and remembered stories, we come together to find courage and prepare ourselves for the work ahead. We’ll consider how to nourish our creative spirit and wild nature. We’ll explore what makes us feel alive and connected to something greater than our human selves. We’ll find the strength and confidence to take off our armor and embrace freedom. Fire is a rich metaphor and can be a powerful ally. This week we will work with the element of fire, invite her to share her wisdom with us, and explore ways to keep our own inner fires aflame with intention, creativity, and purpose.
Week Five: The Soul Voice
In her book, Wild Women Wild Voices, Judy Reeves tells us: “Wild voice is untamed, unbounded and holds the possibility of great beauty. It goes deep, like roots; it sings because it can. It is not domesticated or restrained. Wild voice can be dangerous, it can be outrageous. It is passionate, exuberant, and eager for life. It is turbulent and stormy, often arriving unexpectedly as a summer squall. It can also appear as tranquil as an autumn breeze or a lazy river- but just try to capture either of these in a bottle and put them on a shelf.” For centuries, women’s voices have been tamed, shushed, and silenced. This week we excavate the wild voice! This week, we reclaim the songs our souls want to sing.
Week Six: Shapeshifting
In each moment, we have a choice. Do we embrace our wild voice, our wild body, our wild nature? Or do we shrink back into a more acceptable, domesticated, accommodating version of ourselves? At first, we may shift back and forth between the two, afraid to take the full leap and embrace the soulful wild women that we really are. There are times when it is easy to be fully authentic and own our power. Other times, honoring our voice and making the bold decisions that honor our true selves is daunting. This week, in solidarity with other wild women, we shift into Wolf Woman, becoming one with our instincts, our natural yearnings, and the callings of our spirit.
Writing groups designated as "women's writing groups" are open to all womxn, including female-bodied, female-identified, trans-feminine, and queer women.