New: Women’s Group in Santa Rosa

New women's writing group in Santa Rosa facilitated by Patty Bechtold, counselor, therapist and life coach

One of my very favorite things is circling up with like-minded women to share and create together.

For about five years I had the pleasure of doing just that, guiding women’s creative wisdom circles and being part of a unique sisterhood.

But, life intervenes sometimes. You know how that goes. And I had to put the women’s group on the back burner when we followed a dream and sold our Sacramento home to relocate (life and business) to Santa Rosa.

Now though, after getting my business established in Santa Rosa, the timing is perfect for the next evolution of the women’s circles…

Introducing a new (free) women’s group for Santa Rosa women as well as women everywhere:

Wise Women Writing to Replenish & Renew

March 2021 UPDATE: Our group is now online and has grown to 390 women! Even better: You no longer have to join Meetup to be a part of it since we gather together on Zoom these days. And you can sign up right now: 


This free group focuses on reflective and expressive writing. I’ve been developing a reflective writing practice of my own and taking classes at the Therapeutic Writing Institute during the past few years, and I’m very excited to share the process, approaches and techniques with you.

There’s double goodness here too: while the practice of expressive writing can be replenishing and renewing itself, our writing topics will creatively shine a light on each woman’s unique challenges and gifts related to her own self-nurturing and self-renewal as well.

We gather at least four times a year in my cozy Zoom space. It’s a free group but you will need to join our online community if you’re interested in participating.

And if you’d like to read more about it on the original Meetup page, go here: Wise Women Writing on Meetup

I started this women’s group because just about every woman I know yearns to connect.

We yearn to connect deeply with other women in safe, nurturing spaces.

We yearn to connect through shared practices and rituals.

During the past 20 years I’ve spent countless hours teaching, training, facilitating and leading groups.

But that’s not why I created my first women’s group back in 2011. I created it because I knew there were women out there who needed it just as much as I did.

I know that’s still very much the case. Perhaps more so, even.

And what better way to foster that connection than gathering in a sacred writing space with kindred spirits?

So if you’re in Sonoma County or anywhere in the world, I invite you to join me in this free group.

It’s my gift to you and I’m so looking forward to meeting you and writing with you!


P.S. Please keep reading because there’s more…

Little did I know, when I originally wrote this blog post, that Wise Women Writing was only the beginning. In the years since I’ve created two other women’s circles. I’d be honored if you’d check them out:

Soulful Journal Writing Circle

Wisdom Tending for Women in Midlife and Beyond

In writing, we see, sometimes with fear and trembling, who we have been, who we really are, and we glimpse now and then who we might become.
-Pat Schneider

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Patty Bechtold

Patty Bechtold

Welcome. I'm a Santa Rosa therapist and life coach, and I help women who feel like something’s missing in their lives or themselves. I specialize in self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief, life transition, and women's groups. On this blog I write about different approaches to help you find your way back to your deepest wisdom. Thank you for being here.