Maternal Journal is a safe place to create, reflect and share.

Despite its name ‘Maternal Journal’ is a safe space for all, whether or not you are a parent, whether or not you identify as female. We have welcome people at all stages of life at any age, those who don’t have children, those who are preparing for pregnancy or pregnant, those who are in the menopause, or grandparents.

Each session provides an opportunity to share, reflect and experiment with a (guided) journaling technique. You do not have to be creative or to have even kept a journal before.

Some come to gain ideas for journals, some come to sit around a table (or gather online) with others to share or listen to stories, some come to get over the hurdle of what to write on that first blank page!

Journaling is a wonderful way of reducing stress, improving emotional wellbeing and letting go. In a world that can feel busy and fast, these sessions are an opportunity to slow down and nurture yourself. Journaling helps process difficult emotions, it provides an opportunity to be mindful and present and has been proven to improve mental health. There is no right or wrong way to journal. These sessions are about process rather than outcomes.

You can get more information on all aspects of journaling by visiting the Maternal Journal website.

Each session will consist of a 10 minute introduction, a list of prompts and an open invitation to take part in a guided journaling activity. Towards the end of each session there will be an opportunity (but never an expectation) to share what you have done.

Please bring with you…

  • A journal with blank pages or plain paper
  • Something you can make a mark with e.g. pens, pencils, paints or pastels
  • Other craft material; old magazines or paper, scissors, glue, crayons!
  • A hot drink (or drink of your choice) and snacks, if you wish
    In order to keep the space safe please…
  • Find a place where you won’t be disturbed (if this is tricky, please message me)
  • Share the space… listen to each other and don’t try to fix. I firmly believe that we know how to help ourselves – often we just need the space to speak our thoughts.
  • Share sensitively (we are all on our own individual journey)
  • Please don’t share the content of the discussions outside of the group

Book for Maternal Journal Autumn

These sessions run on Tuesday evenings for 2 hours. Please bring a journal or paper and things to make a mark with (pens, paints, pencils, old magazines, scissors and glue). You can either book sessions as a series or as drop in. Please note that spaces are limited this series.

Six sessions on Zoom at 7pm – 9pm

  • Tuesday 7th September 2021
  • Tuesday 14th September 2021
  • Tuesday 21st September 2021
  • Tuesday 5th October 2021
  • Tuesday 12th October 2021
  • Tuesday 19th October 2021

Book for individual sessions for Maternal Journal Autumn

Tickets are ‘Pay As You Feel’ so that you can choose what feels right for you and your circumstances (recommended £10 per session).

Book for Maternal Journal Wintering

These sessions run on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours. Please bring a journal or paper and things to make a mark with (pens, paints, pencils, old magazines, scissors and glue). You can either book sessions as a series or as drop in. Please note that spaces are limited this series.

Six sessions on Zoom at 7pm – 9pm

  • Wednesday 3rd November 2021
  • Wednesday 10th November 2021
  • Wednesday 17th November 2021
  • Wednesday 1st December 2021
  • Wednesday 8th December 2021
  • Wednesday 15th December 2021

Book for the Maternal Journal Wintering series – all 6 sessions

Book for individual sessions for Maternal Journal Wintering

Tickets are ‘Pay As You Feel’ so that you can choose what feels right for you and your circumstances (recommended £10 per session).