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What Can’t They See? Veterans Discussion and Writing (for non writers and writers) Workshop. Invisible Wounds of War project. Saturday May 20, 2017   12 – 4:30pm.  Facilitated by Jen Johnson and Jim Vanderbeck, Vietnam Veteran and poet. FREE and open to any NC veteran or active duty military personnel. Contact Jen to register.

What Can’t They See? Veterans Photography Workshop. Invisible Wounds of War project. Saturday June 10, 2017 12 – 4:30pm. Facilitated by Jen Johnson. FREE and open to any NC veteran or active duty military personnel. Contact Jen to register.

Awakening the Heart to Joy half-day retreat. Joy is an innate capacity that is accessible to all of us if we learn how to cultivate it. We live in a culture in which it has become the norm to feel busy, stressed, disconnected from ourselves and others, and a sense of emotional flatness. Many of us have learned to numb emotions that we judge as “difficult,” because we feel afraid of feeling them or don’t know how to deal with them. But if we numb to anger and sadness, we also numb to joy, because we can’t selectively numb our emotions. True joy involves feeling a sense of aliveness, connection, and wellbeing and a capacity for meeting whatever arises in our lives with compassion and authenticity. During this half-day retreat, we will explore practices for working with the body, breath, and mind to open the heart, meet our emotions skillfully, and cultivate joy. These practices originate from yoga, Insight meditation, and modern neuroscience.
Date & Time: Saturday June 24, 2017  9am – 12pm
Location: McKay Healing Arts   2916 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC
Registration is limited and required. Email Jen to register.
Cost:
$50

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week class. Wednesdays 6-8pm September 6 – October 25, 2017 plus a day of mindfulness Saturday October 21, 2017. McKay Healing Arts. Wilmington, NC. $425  Email Jen to register.

Invisible Wounds of War Exhibit opening. October 27, 2017 6-9pm. The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County ACES Gallery. The exhibit will include writing and photography from NC veterans.  Free and open to the public.

The Foundations of Well-Being Program
I am an enthusiastic affiliate for this yearlong program offered by Rick Hanson, PhD, neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Hardwiring Happiness. In this guided, step-by-step program, Dr. Hanson shows you how to use the science of positive neuroplasticity to turn ordinary experiences into powerful inner strengths, including kindness toward yourself, insight into others, grit, gratitude, and self-worth. If you register through one of my links, drop me a note to let me know, and you will receive a FREE copy of my e-book, 10 Ways to Wake Up Your Life. Click here for more information and to register using my affiliate link to ensure that you receive your free gifts from me!

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

2017

Mindful Writing for Healing half-day retreat. Saturday March 25, 2017  9am – 12p

The Heart of Self-Compassion: Making Peace with Your Inner Critic half day retreat. Saturday April 8, 2017  9am – 12pm.

Island Montessori School. Private event. The Art of Stress Reduction. April 20, 2017.

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina Annual Family Conference afternoon keynote speaker. April 24, 2017. Topic: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week class.  Wednesdays January 4 – March 1   6-8pm and Saturday February 18   9am – 3pm. Wilmington, NC

2016

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year. Saturday December 31, 2016  9am – 12pm.
Wilmington, NC

The Heart of Self-Compassion half-day retreat. Saturday July 16, 2016  9am – 12pm in Wilmington, NC.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week class. April – June 2016.

Artist/Teacher in Residence. Wells College. Aurora, New York. March 7 – 11, 2016. I am honored to be invited to offer lectures and workshops on mindfulness, creativity and healing to the Theatre, Psychology and Creative Writing departments at Wells College.  www.wells.edu

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year workshop. Saturday January 2, 2016  9am – 12pm.

2015

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week class. Tuesdays October 6 – November 24, 2015 from 9:30am – 11:30am. 

The Mindful Dentist: How to Decrease Stress and Increase Efficiency in Dental Practice. Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society. Private Event. Tuesday October 6, 2015.

The Power of Mindfulness. Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina Annual Conference. Raleigh, NC. Saturday October 10, 2015.

Mindful Writing for Healing Workshop. Wilmington, NC.
Tuesdays  9:30am – 11:30am June 16 – July 7, 2015

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class. Wilmington, NC.
Wednesdays 10am-11am June 17 – July 8, 2015

The Healing Power of Mindfulness. 3-hour workshop at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina regional conference. Asheville, NC. April 17, 2015.

The Healing Power of Mindfulness. 3-hour workshop at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina regional conference. Wilmington, NC April 24, 2015.

The World is Waiting for Your Voice: an exploration of silence and voice. Keynote address for UNC-Wilmington’s First Annual Women’s ConferenceSaturday Feb 28, 2015.

Dreaming BIG: Creating Clear Intentions for Your Life. Carolina Wellness Institute 121 W. Margaret Lane. Saturday February 21, 2015 1pm-4pm.

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) 8-week class.  Feb – March, 2015.

Women’s Mindful Self-Care Coaching Group in Wilmington, NC. Feb – April 2015. 

Waking Up To Well-Being with Mindfulness. Presentation for the Pumpers Club. Wilmington Health. February 4, 2015.

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Workshop. Wilmington YMCA. January 17, 2015 9am-12pm.

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Diabetes. Diabetes Education Support Group. Wilmington Health. Wilmington, NC.  January 8, 2015. 7pm

Introduction to Mindfulness for Stress Reduction FREE talk at YMCA. January 7, 2015. 7pm. Wilmington, NC

Mindfulness & Writing for Healing online 4-week class through Story Circle Network. January 2015. 

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year Saturday January 3, 2015. 9am – 12pm. McKay Healing Arts

2014

Veterans, Military members and Family FREE Rest -N- Relaxation Day.  Saturday, November 8, 2014 10am – 1pm
Elks Lodge 5102 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC.  Sponsored by Coastal Horizons, CADCA VetCorps, Elks, and Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug-Free Tomorrow.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) sessions, Writing for Healing sessions, yoga, massage, etc. I’l be offering free introductory sessions on MBSR as well as Writing for Healing sessions.

Mindfulness & Writing: Discover Your Authentic Voice. 5-week online workshop offered through Story Circle Network September 15, 2014.

Living Well: How to Commit to Lifestyle Changes that Support Wellness. Gluten Free & Allergen Free Wellness Events Wellness Expo
Virginia Beach, VA. September 13, 2014

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week classes on Monday nights,  September 1 – October 20, 2014. 6pm-8pm and an all-day Saturday or Sunday session during week 6 of the program.

Living Well: How to Commit to Lifestyle Changes that Support Wellness. Gluten Free & Allergen Free Wellness Events. Raleigh, NC August 9, 2014

The Heart of Self-Compassion. Sunday August 3, 2014. 1pm – 4pm.  $40 advance/$45 door.
Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts. Hillsborough, NC   www.hillsboroughyoga.com

Awakening the Heart to Joy: Daylong retreat. Saturday May 31, 2014. 9am – 4pm  Wilmington, NC

Awakening the Heart to Joy: Half day retreat. Sunday May 18, 2014. 1pm – 4pm
Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts. 1812 Becketts Ridge Dr. Hillsborough, NC

The Art of Self-Compassion: Half day retreat. Saturday May 10, 2014. 9am – 12pm. Wilmington, NC

2013

Creating Intentions for the New Year. Saturday January 25, 2014.

Mindfulness for Mental Health
Wilmington Chapter of the National Association for Social Worker’s Association. September 24, 2013.

The Art of Living Mindfully
Before I Die I want to… Live Well. A FREE Community Conference on Doing What Matters.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Jacksonville, NC. Friday, September 20, 2013.

Awakening to Wellbeing
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Wilmington, NC. September 19, 2013

The Art of Living Mindfully
Before I Die I want to… Live Well. A FREE Community Conference on Doing What Matters. 
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Brunswick County, NC.
 Friday, May 31, 2013. Brunswick Community College

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 3-Day Retreat
Friday April 26 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday April 27 10-4, Sunday April 28 10-4

Mindfulness Meditation weekly drop-in class  Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:15pm
Location: McKay Acupuncture 4916 Wrightsville Ave | Wilmington, NC 28403

The Art of Living Mindfully
Before I Die I want to… Live Well. A FREE Community Conference on Doing What Matters. 
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Wilmington, NC 
Friday March 22, 2013  9am-3pm.  Wilmington Convention Center.

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year  Saturday, January 5, 2013 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: 217 N. 5th Street, Suite 103 | Wilmington, NC 28401

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week class Thursdays January 10 – February 28, 2013 6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: McKay Healing Arts | Wrightsville Ave | Wilmington, NC

2012

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year Saturday December 29, 2012  9:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: 217 N. 5th Street, Suite 103 | Wilmington, NC 28401

Mindful Eating: Making Peace with Food
  Monday November 12, 2012 6PM-8PM
Location: GRUB 2133 Wrightsville Ave | Wilmington, NC 28403   

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
September 6 – October 25, 2012 6:30 – 8:30 PM and Saturday October 13, 2012  10 AM – 4 PM  Wilmington, NC

Mindful Writing: The Path to Creative Freedom
A Daylong Retreat of Writing and Mindfulness
Saturday May 5, 2012. Wilmington, NC

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Work-Life Balance
UNC-Wilmington, Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations. April 2012

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
April 12 – May 31, 2012  6:30pm – 8:30pm and Saturday May 19 10am – 4pm. Wilmington, NC

The Wisdom of the Body: Yoga & Writing Daylong Retreat 
with Jennifer Johnson and Lorrie Wagner, RYT-500
Organic Yoga in Wilmington, NC
Saturday April 14, 2012 9:00am – 4:00pm

Mindful Writing for Transformation ONLINE class
March 23 – April 27, 2012.

Mindful Writing: The Path to Creative Freedom
A Daylong Retreat of Writing and Mindfulness
Durham, NC
Saturday February 25, 2012  9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course
Wilmington, NC
February 9, 2012 – March 29, 2012  Thursdays 6:30PM – 9:00 PM

Meditation and Gentle Yoga  Class
Wilmington, NC
Meditation & Gentle Yoga class at Organic Yoga
201 North Front Street | Wilmington, NC | 28401 (corner of Front and Chestnut)

2011

Mindfully Creating Intentions for the New Year
Wilmington, NC
Saturday December 31, 2011 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: McKay Healing Arts

Writing Mindfully for Transformation
Online class
February – March 2011

Writing Mindfully for Transformation
Online class
May – June 2011

Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction
UNC-Wilmington OLLI continuing education program
January-February 2011

2010

Writing Mindfully for Transformation
online workshop

Narrative Witnessing: Stories of Survival
online workshop

2009

Writing from Life
Online workshop February-March

Writing to Heal Following a Brain Injury. Mild Brain Injury Support Group, Asheville, NC

2008

Where Language Fails: Reconstructing Meaning Through Photography and Memoir Writing. Narrative Matters 2008: An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Narrative Research, Perspectives, Practices and Issues, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 10, 2008

A Narrative Exploration of Healing from Illness or Catastrophic Injury. Presentation at Wellness and Writing ConnectionsConference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008

Creative Writing as Reflective Practice for the Healthcare Professional. Presentation at Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008

Where Language Fails.  Interview and reading from memoir in progress.  WPVM radio, Asheville, NC, January 2008

Where Language Fails. Reading from memoir in progress. Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2008

Expository Essay
Adjunct Instructor, Mars Hill College, English Department. Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009

Documented Essay
Adjunct Instructor, Mars Hill College, English Department. Spring 2009, Fall 2009

Expository Essay
Adjunct Instructor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, English Department. Spring 2008, Fall 2008

Journaling for Transformation
Adjunct Instructor, Antioch McGregor University, Individualized Master of Arts Program. Fall 2008

Writing from Life
UNC-Asheville College for Seniors Fall 2008

Narrative Witnessing: Stories of Survival writing workshop
UNC-Ahseville College for Seniors

2007

Where Language Fails.  Reading from memoir in progress and slide show of photographs.  Goddard College. July 2007

Writing As Meditation 3-day workshop.  Goddard College. February 2007

Saving Grace.  Presentation of documentary project on spirituality and coping with disability. Goddard College.  July 2006

Guest lecturer at Georgia State University graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling for Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling course on Vocational Evaluation 1999-2007

1992-2006

 Creating The Life of Your Dreams.  Central Congregational Church, Atlanta. April 21, 2001

 Vocational Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Mild Brain Injury. Atlanta Mild Brain Injury Support Group. July 13, 2000

Vocational Evaluation and Work Re-Entry Strategies for Persons with Mild Brain Injury. Shepherd Center. Mild Brain Injury:  Promoting Positive Outcomes conference November 5, 1999

Guest lecturer at Georgia State University for Medical Aspects of Disability course Vocational Evaluation of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury.  November 2, 1999

Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. Veterans Administration. September 1, 1999

Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Acquired Brain Injury. Lunch and Learn Series.  Shepherd Center. August 26, 1997

 Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Acquired Brain Injury. GENEX insurance company. November 4, 1997

Co-coordinated presentation on Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury at Shepherd Center for Rehabilitation Counselors from the Division of Rehabilitation Services statewide.  Provided presentation on Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons With Acquired Brain Injury. November 24, 1997

Coordinated presentation on Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome for Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability course.  Georgia State University, April 1996

Coordinated presentation on Spinal Cord Injury for Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability course.  Georgia State University, February 1996

Presented as member of student panel workshop for the National Council of Rehabilitation Educators, Southeastern Division Annual Conference, January, 1996

Created 24 hour Helpline volunteer training at Georgia Council on Child Abuse.  Coordinated and presented training 3 times annually, 1992-1995