Home is difficult to define or contain in a single perspective. For example, home is subjective – it mirrors our sense of self. Home is intersubjective – it is nested in relationship, our family and friends. And home is objective – it is the tangible place and space we make and occupy. Home can be as small as a room and as large as the multiverse. It can include the past, present and future in its breadth, and be as deep as time itself.
Here I offer a women’s workshop for exploring the topic of home. It is open and available to you and your group of six to twelve and can be tailored to suit your needs in terms of timing, location, duration, etc.
Also included here is an invitation to you to participate, to comment and to tell your stories of home, to enrich your understanding through your own experience. I have also included a blog about home I have been writing for ten years. I welcome your views.
The first offering is a personal journey of renewal for women. At The Coaching Project, we have been facilitating workshops on women’s sense of home since 2001. The Chrysalis seminar focuses on expanding women’s consciousness about themselves and their sense of belonging. Participants come away with actions they can take to embody home more intentionally and consciously in their lives. The intensive discovery and the personal coaching support that make up this subjective workshop have made it a favourite for almost twenty years.
Here you will find a series of questions for you to ponder, perhaps write about, or share with another. They are coaching questions you might imagine I would ask if we were sitting together.
When you have completed your journaling on the questions about home, try creating a vision board to express your thoughts and ideas. Use a piece of foam core board or simply a piece of heavy stock paper about 11” x 14”. Cut or tear pictures and words from magazines, and glue them to your board or paper creatively so you have an image you can come back to as an anchor for your developing sense of belonging in yourself, your relationships and the whole world. An example I created is shown here.
I’ve been writing a blog on home as a reflection on my travels over the past ten years. The blog started as a study in integral thinking and has expanded to include objective observations on being at home and being away from home. Part of my search for home has been expressed through travel, commenting on both homes in other cultures and my own longing for home when I am away. I have documented my journeys as a travelblog, reflecting on perspectives of home and belonging. I continue to post my thoughts as they emerge.
What would your blog on home say? How does travel enhance your sense of home and belonging?
For more reading on home and a bibliography, see Where is Home?