The Somatic Writing Circle:
Writing with the Ancestors
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At Somatic Writing, one of our foundational practices to liberate our voice and write from our deepest stories, is to write with our ancestors. There is no greater support system available to us in creating the safety we need to open up to our power.
These relations include our blood and familial ancestors, as well as our connections to ancestors through the land where we live, our creative and spiritual ancestors, to animals and plants and the Earth herself. Leaning into the guidance of our ancestors as mystics, magicians, master teachers and healers will lead us down unexpected paths to uncovering our own hidden or marginalized identities, buried grief, shame, and trauma (individual or collective), our unconscious shadow. There are no greater guides in confronting and integrating our hidden truths than the ancestors showing up for us when we listen.
Those ancients, also known as the mighty dead, run through our blood, our bones, our spinal fluid, our deep intuitive psychic knowings. In this circle we will tap into those voices, to channel their guidance for us as embodied writers.
Tanya holds a sacred and vital space where others can come more fully alive. Her writing processes are profound and spiritual. They access not only the root stories of our lives, but also uncover and reclaim visions and dreams we may have long forgotten or lost. Tanya builds community and welcomes the uniqueness of each of our voices.
- Teresa Whitaker
Storyteller & Singer at Finding Home Productions
Tanya’s program has helped me uncover poetry and myths in my body, relationships, lineage, and soul that I had no idea were there. Each week I craft new narratives and rewrite old ones, composting and penning personal stories that are empowering, mystical, healing, and full of life. This process has helped me connect to my essence as a writer and as a woman.
- Sara Vos, Creative Director at Vos Holistic Services
Tanya Taylor Rubenstein creates a deep soul-sustaining space where a writer's depth can emerge. It's extraordinary and rare, an oasis in an unrelenting world that often bypasses meaningful inner inquiry such as this. Tanya's class is like a writer's life-line, something I always want to be connected to. There are places one can go as a writer in a facilitated group that one can't go alone. There is safety in numbers, but specifically well-facilitated numbers. Each class allows the writer to plunge into their material without fear of performing well or producing a product - which ironically yields better performance and product. I'm so happy to be part of her writing circles. I miss them when I can't come. They bring me home to myself. The ever-changing access points (aka writing prompts) provide soulful, soul-quenching, soul-safe, deep dives into the terrain. I love this precious environment and hope to be a part of it for a long time to come.
- Sarah Brown, Award-Winning Playwright and Author
The supportive space created by Tanya and her amazing team has allowed me to explore different entry points into my story and go far deeper than I ever imagined possible. I’m a much better writer since I began Somatic Writing.
- Cheryl Brown, Writer, Political Community Organizer
Tanya is a masterful facilitator! I love the structure that she brings -- her guided visualizations, the way she threads in spiritual wisdom with trauma-informed writing, and her gentle encouragement to go deep and not be afraid of what emerges. This approach integrated key lessons around my writing and creative self: to practice self-compassion around wherever I am at in my writing process, to bring a sense of pleasure and discovery to my writing, and to trust in the support and wisdom that my body, my ancestors, and the earth herself gifts me with when I am still enough to listen.
- Yael Flusberg, Yoga Therapist & Resilience Coach
Somatic Writing is a body-centered writing process that will empower and inspire you to live from your wholeness, embody your depth of leadership, and serve your soul’s gifts as an offering to the restructuring world.