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Soulful Journaling: Writing Circle for Women in Sonoma County

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


  • Try it one time for only $17
  • No obligation to continue if it’s not a good fit for you
  • Limited Spaces Available on 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4
  • Call or text 707-742-9844 to sign up


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…

–> doable

  • We meet every other Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 in Santa Rosa
  • At least six gatherings each season: fall, winter, spring
  • You commit to a season of writing with us, and are always welcome to continue
  • Optional writing prompts via text during off weeks
  • A reasonable investment in your soulful journey: $210 each season

–> 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 seven 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 go to dissolve, go to seed, and regerminate…[and] remember herself. -Sue Monk Kidd

Your Invitation to the Soulful Journal Writing Circle.

If you like the sound of it so far and are curious to know more, let’s have a brief chat. 

  • INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL: Try the writing circle one time for only $17
  • No obligation to continue if it’s not a good fit for you
  • Limited Spaces Available on 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4
  • Call or text 707-742-9844 to sign up


patty-bechtold-therapy-counseling-santa-rosa-women-anxiety-depression-writing-circle-portraitHi, I’m Patty Bechtold, and I facilitate the writing circle. 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!

About a year ago I reached out to several women to see if they wanted to start writing regularly together. We’ve been building something special, and now we have room for a few new members.

Is this you? If so, let’s talk.

  • You’re interested in creating or strengthening a writing practice that brings you back to your own deep wisdom
  • You gain insight and inspiration from hearing other women’s stories
  • You’re longing for time to regularly visit, nourish and replenish your well
  • You want space to step away from life’s distractions, and reflect/return to yourself

My own soulful writing journey.

soulful journal writing circle for women in Sonoma CountyThis is a photo of my journals from the past few years. They reflect a new story for me, and that’s important. Because the story I used to tell was that I always wanted to be one of those women who say they’ve been journaling since they were 8 years old.

But as my journals stacked up and the months went by, I started to wonder why I kept telling that story. It turned out that my own deep longing for meaningful, shared and soulful writing experiences hadn’t yet caught up to my current reality.

Now, when I look at that stack of journals, I understand how the story has evolved. My journals remind me of what is possible when we long for something deeply and move toward creating it in our lives.

In fact, I often return to my journals, mining for wisdom nuggets that seem like they came from a soulful voice other than my own.

These days, I think of journal writing as a companion that helps me…

  • find insight in the midst of life transitions
  • practice self-care
  • discover the extraordinary in the ordinary
  • reconnect with my wise soul self
  • begin writing a book!

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

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

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