Soulful Journaling: Writing Circle for Women in Sonoma County

The soulful journal writing circle in Sonoma County offered by Patty Bechtold of

The whispers of your soul. You hear them, don’t you?

Maybe you hear them when you’re feeling a little empty. Or when it seems like you’re just skimming the surface of life.

And perhaps you’re tired of the routine, the endless to do’s. You’re so ready for something different.

You’re pretty sure there’s more for you.

Call it what you will: soul, spirit, intuition, depth, quiet knowing, essence, core, creative force, the mystery, inner wisdom, higher self.

Whatever you call it, it’s time to give it more room in your life.

And the Soulful Journal Writing Circle is made for you to do exactly that.

That is what the intuition is for: it is the direct messenger of the soul. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Soulful Journal Writing Circle is…

–> mindful + creative

  • Pause, breathe, savor, drop into your senses.
  • Write down into what is just below the surface.
  • Practices that inspire creativity: active imagination, inner dialogues, sense memory, character sketches, future scenarios, metaphor-making.
  • Soulful poetry, prose and other resources to prime the pump.

–> healing + transformative

  • Well documented mental health and wellness benefits.
  • Gain personal insight through immersive experiences of writing, creating, savoring, imagining and giving voice to our stories together.
  • Therapeutic? You bet, but the writing circle isn’t group therapy.

–> intimate + welcoming

  • A small writing circle, no more than eight women.
  • Feel connected, seen, heard and witnessed, and be that for other women too.

A woman needs…an embracing, open-armed space where she can…remember herself. -Sue Monk Kidd


soulful journal writing circle for women in Sonoma County facilitated by Patty Bechtold,

Writing Circle Details

+Be part of a warm and welcoming community of women

+We meet every other Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30pm in my cozy office

+Handouts and optional writing prompts via text during off weeks

+Compassionate support and guidance from me (a therapist and coach)

The spring 2020 writing circle is currently full. Add your name to the waitlist below to be the first to learn when enrollment starts for the fall 2020 season.


Your Invitation to the Soulful Journal Writing Circle.

patty-bechtold-therapy-counseling-santa-rosa-women-anxiety-depression-writing-circle-portraitHi, I’m Patty Bechtold, and I facilitate the writing circle. I’m a psychotherapist and coach, with training in therapeutic writing.

I’m truly excited to invite you into this intimate and unique experience. Because: I’m a huge believer in the power of soulful journaling!

A few years ago I reached out to several women to see if they wanted to start writing regularly together. We’ve been building something special, and are looking forward to adding new members in 2020 as space opens up.

What women are saying about the circle…

The circle sessions can be powerful in that the ideas plant themselves under my skin. I think about them later and have been using the prompts to write mid-session. -JR
I joined the journaling circle with the hope of breaking through writer’s block that had left me frustrated with my inability to get thoughts out of my head and down on paper. With Patty’s guidance and writing activities, I have been surprised to find an ease and enjoyment to writing in the circle. There is something lovely and inspirational about joining with a group of women committed to holding a space for support without judgment. -KV

The journaling circle is me time and I don’t give myself much of that. The atmosphere is supportive and calming; I can write what I want, and share if I want.  -JBS

Soulful journaling will help you…

soulful journal writing circle for women in Sonoma County

Create or strengthen a writing practice that brings you back to your own deep wisdom

Gain insight and inspiration from other women’s stories

Find time to regularly visit, nourish and replenish your well

Step away from life’s distractions, and reflect/return to yourself

I’d love to support you in bringing soulful journaling into your own life too.

Questions? Please read the FAQ below. And if you need help deciding if this is what your soul is seeking right now, do get in touch:  Contact me here.

And all the while, lost though you may be in the forest,
drop your own words on the path like pebbles

and write your way home.

-Pat Schneider

Writing Circle FAQ

How often do you meet each season? 

We meet about 6 times during fall season and about 8 times during winter/spring season, with summers off.

Where do you meet?

My cozy private office at 725 Farmers Lane, Suite 15, Santa Rosa

How many women are in the circle?

A maximum of 8 women.

What’s the investment and how do I register?

For the fall 2020 season, your total investment is $255 for six sessions. Your initial payment of at least $85 for the first month holds your space. You can pay by credit card (full amount or installment) or by check/cash (full amount only).

What’s the deadline to enroll?

Sunday, 9/13/20 for the fall season, although the writing circle may fill up before then.

What are the requirements to join the circle?

We’re welcoming women who want to step away from life’s distractions to write and connect with other women. We also ask for a commitment of at least one season of Soulful Journaling. You do not need to consider yourself a writer to join.

What if I have to miss a session?

We’ll miss you! But we understand that life happens. If you have to miss, you’ll still get the handouts. Depending on my/your schedule, I may also be available for a quick phone chat to catch you up.

What are the Fall 2020 dates?

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm on 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/2

What’s the refund policy?

  • Fall circle: Full refund (less a 15% administration fee) before 8/26/20.
  • Refunds after above date: Only if another woman wants your spot.
  • Refunds if you have to miss a session: None