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January 2018

A Gentle Approach to Clearing Clutter, Self-Paced, Coached Online Class – starting when you’re ready and generally taking 1-2 months to complete

January 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm PST
$250.00

“It was perfect. The songs, writing assignments, sample clutter template—all so helpful in helping me finally address areas of clutter that I have been avoiding. Your responses to each of my writings/reflections were motivating, encouraging, and timely. I looked forward to receiving your insight daily.”—Susan MacLaughlin, November 2017

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FREE WORKSHOP: A Gentle Approach to Clearing Clutter for 2018

January 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am PST
Village Books, 1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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Free

Clearing your clutter is a great way to get a fresh start for the new year. Approaching it too harshly can often backfire.  Learn strategies to weave self-compassion and kindness into your process to increase your effectiveness and sustain your momentum. This is part of the Village Books annual day-long workshop series to start the new year. I'll be presenting the first one of the day. It takes place in the downstairs gallery.

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FREE Workshop: Clearing Clutter for the New Year

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST
South Whatcom Library, 10 Barnview Court
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Each year, January presents a potent opportunity to look take a fresh look at what it's time to keep and what it's time to release. Carolyn Koehnline, psychotherapist, clutter coach and journal therapist, will share fresh perspectives on clutter, and introduce you to her gentle approach to clutter clearing. You'll learn practical, creative strategies that can help you get started and sustain motivation to make real change in your space and schedule.

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April 2018

Writing through Transitions

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$20.00

A journaling workshop to help you navigate life's changes.

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June 2018

Making Space for You: A Journal Workshop

June 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$20.00

In this two-hour, small group workshop we'll use brief, focused, accessible writing processes to explore what it takes to claim and reclaim space, and to make yourself at home in your dwelling, schedule, and relationships. Along the way we'll draw inspiration from the book, House as a Mirror of Self by Clare Cooper Marcus. Space is limited.   

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Clearing Space to Write – A 4-week online class

June 21, 2018 - July 18, 2018
$202.00

Writing requires a dedicated space, time, and focus, which can be easily taken over by clutter – the piles of paper covering your desk, a jam-packed calendar, or a head filled with too many ideas competing for your attention. In this workshop, designed especially for writers, you’ll practice applying brief, time-tested journaling processes to identify and clear distractions from your writing life. You’ll also learn ways to use journal writing to support clearing clutter from the rest of your life.  CEUs…

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July 2018

Writing to Cultivate Curiosity

July 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$20.00

The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, describes a creative life as one where we steer more by curiosity than by fear. Sometimes that leads to important new directions. Sometimes it just makes life more interesting. To stop and notice what we’re curious about requires some spaciousness. In this small group workshop we’ll invite that space and practice writing processes to playfully explore what is nudging us for attention. Space is limited. To register, send an email to Carolyn here.  

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August 2018

Befriending Time with Your Journal

August 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$20.00

How we engage with time affects every aspect of our lives. Many of us treat time like it's the enemy. In this small-group workshop we'll explore our current relationships to time. Then we'll use brief, focused, journal-writing practices to foster a friendlier, more effective collaboration. If interested, contact Carolyn here.

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September 2018

Journal to the Self (R) Online Class

September 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
$200.00

In this 6-week online course: Learn 16 ways to use a journal for personal growth, creative expression, and life enrichment; Write on your own schedule; Participate in class discussions, with ongoing support from the instructor; For certified or licensed counselors, earn 12 hours of Continuing Education Units;* Click Here for More Information and to Register *Note for Certified or Licensed Counselors wishing to earn 12 continuing education credits for the six week Journal to the Self online class: The Center for…

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Mindful Pretending: A Journal Writing Workshop – FULL!

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$20.00

This is an exploration of ways you to use brief, accessible writing processes to access the imagination for helpful information with practical applications.

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October 2018

Clearing Clutter to Navigate Life’s Changes

October 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT
Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$49.00

Clutter-clearing, inside and out, can help you make space for a fresh chapter of your life.

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Journal to the Self (R) Online Class

October 29, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm PDT
$200.00

Course Activities Over a seven-week period, learn eighteen different journal-writing processes for personal growth, creative expression, and life management.  Listen to presentations, learn guidelines and variations, and hear samples of each technique. Listen to entrance meditations guiding you gently into many of the writes. Share reflections, writings (always optional), questions, and "aha's" with your classmates, and get written guidance from Certified Journal to the Self Instructor Carolyn Koehnline along the way. In an atmosphere of group support and respect for…

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January 2019

FREE Workshop – Clearing Clutter for the New Year with Little Gestures and Simple Practices

January 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am PST
Village Books, 1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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Free

Do you ever find yourself making big pronouncements when you’re heading into a new year? Grand words and gestures can be invigorating and motivating. But they are a set-up for disappointment when you don’t follow through. In this workshop Carolyn Koehnline will share simple, doable, and possibly surprising actions you can engage in to help you get out of the way of yourself to make space for new possibilities in the coming year.   This is part of the Village…

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FREE Workshop – Making Space for New Beginnings

January 6 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am PST
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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If we want to set intentions and bring something fresh into our lives for the New Year, we need to open up some room. That means taking a fresh look at what has become clutter for us, and refraining from immediately filling the spaces we open up. It means clarifying what we're attempting to bring in, while staying open to the possibilities that may be coming our way. Come join this interactive workshop where we'll explore Making Space for New…

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February 2019

Clearing Clutter As A Sacred Act Introductory Workshop – FULL!

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$45.00

This small-group workshop is designed for people in the Bellingham area who would like to engage in  the process invited by my new book, Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act.  This workshop is now full! Please contact Carolyn at carolyn@confrontingclutter.com if you'd like her to schedule this workshop in the near future. When you are going through the belongings you’ve accumulated over the years, deciding what to keep and what to let go, it brings up deep questions:  If I…

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March 2019

An Introduction to Journaling

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Natural Health Clinic, 1707 F Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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$30.00

This two-hour, small group workshop is designed to help you come into a satisfying and sustainable relationship with journal writing. You’ll be introduced to time-tested techniques that can support: Finding emotional balance Navigating transitions and stressors Discerning right use of your time, energy, and resources Engaging your creative imagination Accessing your inner wisdom Space is limited to 8 participants.

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