“There was a whole year of incredible personal transformation that happened through this writing process that is not only healing my past and my present, but it's also setting the tone for my future, and where I'm going.
I think perhaps what prevented me from doing this on my own before was that I worried that I would lose myself or lose my mind, if I went too deep into my stories. So, knowing that I had the support of our cohort and this program allowed me to just lose it when I needed to and then soar when I was ready.”
- Jen Peer Rich, Ph.D and Author
“That guidance was wonderful-the guidance to get out of my head and into my heart, while leaving enough in my head to be able to write."
"Somatic Writing felt safe to me to grow and to start to express some pretty personal, deep feelings."
"When people (cohort members) would read something I wrote, and they'd give feedback, it was invaluable. They helped me grow into a deeper, clearer voice."
- Dr. Stacey Kerr, Author
“It felt like my soul recognized you”
“This book was knocking on the doors of my heart.. but I didn’t have the courage to write it. In that moment of soul recognition with you [Tanya], I knew you were going to be the midwife to birth my book.”
“I didn’t have this cogent awareness that our body holds our stories, and that we can access them through writing. I was really able to go back in time and access the stories that I hadn’t been able to tell – the stories of longing, of desire – that we often shame ourselves for.”
"I had been changed on a very deep level; the Uma that started writing the book wasn't the Uma who finished writing the book”
- Uma Girish, 3x Published Author and Spiritual Mentor for Women
“The confidence I have now is from our Lab…. I was able to really find my voice and develop confidence.”
“Writing some of the chapters that I’m not sure I’m going to publish, and writing pieces in the Story Archeology class, made me a better writer… you don’t have time to think, and you go right into the deep waters.”
“I gathered so much power and steam from the Lab, and I am really so grateful to have had that kind of support.”
- Mary Suzanne Garvey, Painter and Author
"My life has changed, but I have really become more authentically who I was meant to be in this lifetime.”
"There was so much unlearning that I needed to go through. There was a total coming undone process in my own journey.”
“If we don’t speak our unspeakable story, it’s doomed to repeat itself.”
- Melissa Kaplan, Author & Somatic Therapist
“Tanya is not going to help you write that book you think you’re going to write. She’s going to help you write a better book that you had no idea was in you.”
“After going through Somatic Writing, we have the opportunity to choose. And that choice is courage.”
“Allowing myself to go through that portal of what I don’t want to write about opened up that deeper story.”
“I hear it from women all the time, “I should be able to do this on my own.” When they say that what they don’t realize is that they have internalized ideas that are really powerless for them, and will not lead them to the next stage they want to go to.”
“Each woman is going to have her own transformation and evolution through interacting with the work.”
- Dena Crowder, High Performance Coach, Speaker, and Author
She once said to me, ‘I can’t promise you safety here.’ In its place, she supported me in the ultimate radical soul liberation - the telling of my story.”
Author & Somatic Therapist
Somatic writing memoir lab is one of the best investments I’ve made in my life. Tanya is masterful at creating a nourishing structure that invites me to write from the deep places I’ve longed to connect with but couldn’t access on my own. The experience has far exceeded my expectations and is pure nectar for my soul.
Mary Suzanne Garvey
Painter and Author
“For those of you who are still to be initiated into the potent healing magic of the Memoir Lab, I want to warn you of a few things, before you step into this cauldron/crucible/sanctuary:
Tanya and Courntey are actually part healer, part shaman, and part good witch, cleverly disguised as writing mentors and coaches.
Be sure you know what you are getting into before you put your money down. Writing a memoir, or narrative nonfiction, is not for the faint of heart. Coming closer and closer to the real living energy of your life, the life that lives and breathes underneath and through the twists and turns of your story, will undo you.
You will be unravelled and forever changed, and you will not be able to go back to who you were before you began this journey.
Your views and beliefs and perspectives will be turned upside down and inside out, and you'll find that the story of your life is recreating you, as you wrestle with it, through the days and nights of this Lab.
You will also be undone by the profound kindness, care and wisdom of Tanya and Courtney, and by your fellow writers and travellers in the Lab.
They will offer you a kind of love and compassion which will seem unreasonable and unfathomable at times."
Founder, Wide Awake Heart, Spiritual Mentor
There are no words to express my depth of appreciation for Tanya's guidance. Nothing else compares to her method: it is potent medicine and an answer to prayers!
Tanya and her team of talented coaches offered me the perfect combination of inner permission and tactical "how to" structure. Somatic Writing was the missing element in me finishing the book I've wanted to write for years.
– Dena Crowder, High Performance Coach, Speaker and Author
“Tanya gave us the space to open up and believe that we all have an important story to tell. She gave us permission to be our truest, messiest, and most magnificent selve and then helped us get it all written down. Tanya also has a knack for attracting high-frequency, extraordinarily successful people from all walks of life - from doctors to therapists to well known actors on TV- and it has been a gift of a lifetime to become part of a community of writers with all of them.”
- Eva DeVirgilis, Actor, playwright, TED speaker
“I have been coached and trained by over 50 writers across the world, some with huge international recognition, and not one has ever opened me to myself the way Tanya does. Tanya is a powerful guide through the chaotic and often painful journey of writing and discovery. If you've decided to write directly toward the truth no matter where it goes and you've found it challenging, lonely or scary... this is the answer. If you are a writer or aspiring to be, and you want a safe and powerful container to find your voice in writing, I can't recommend Tanya enough.”
- Andrya Allen, Founder of Vox Verba & Writer
Somatic Writing is a journey to a deeper expression of self-awareness and personal truth. The experience of being led by Tanya and Courtney into embodied spirit, provided a safe place for story-craft and story-sharing like no other I have had in supportive writing groups. I grew through the progressive steps toward embracing the author’s role and the memoir form, and still felt the spaciousness and call to experiment creatively. If you are a writer who also identifies as a “seeker,” I urge you to give yourself the gift of “Author’s Up!” It may be the beginning of new life for your writing, as it has been for me.”
– Alyson Miller, Writer
Somatic Writing has changed the direction of my life. The practices, the community and the team have thawed my frozen insides. Honest storytelling and deep listening to other people's stories have been truly life changing experiences for me. They continue to heal me, undo me, and bring love back in my life in so many ways. I am beyond grateful. Thank you so much my cohort, Tanya, Courtney and the entire team of Somatic Writing
- Shruti Mehta, Writer and Mother
Tanya has a gift and that gift is to help you find the deepest truth, and then she holds your feet to the fire until you tell it to the best of your ability.
Being in the group is so supportive -- taking the isolation out of being a writer, and also out of the past I’m writing about in which I felt so alone. It's helping me find the voice I lost as a child, or probably more accurately never had or developed, and giving it the space to develop now."
- Diana Lightmoon, Psychotherapist & Writer
Somatic Writing has been life-giving to my writing project and to me as an author. Tanya and her team provide the strong community, gentle accountability, and reliably insightful feedback on the work--elements I've found in other writing spaces individually, but never from one single resource. In addition, the powerful magical practices and trusting of the body's wisdom has resulted in the best writing I've ever done. I also appreciate that this process seems to work equally well for writers at all experience levels and in different phases with their relationship to their work. I'm forever grateful for this experience, and I'm sure I'll be engaging further.
– Kimberly Robb Baker, Writer, Community Builder, Mother
“Tanya Taylor Rubinstein 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
"Artist, healer, mid-wife… Tanya creates safe, generative spaces for stories to be born and burst with life.”
- Marsha Pincus, Award winning English teacher, Artist and Solo Performer
“Working with Tanya is a masterclass...in learning to trust your voice. Our stories are important and needed, and Tanya’s passion for those stories is a gift to the world.”
- Denise Hinson
Author & Somatic Therapist
“I highly recommend Tanya...Whatever is standing in your way can easily be overcome with Tanya's guidance and talent. Even good writers require the trained eye of an expert. Tanya’s expertise will help you move from
idea to reality.”
- Ann Marie Houghtailing,
Solo Performer, Two time TEDx Speaker and Brand Story Consultant
“More than a coach, Tanya is able to hear the stories in you that are still untold. Part Shaman, part producer, Tanya challenges you to dive to the deepest places within and supports you in finding the bravery needed to share what you have found there. If you work with Tanya, get ready for a transformation, because that’s really what she helps you to do.”
- Cynthia K. Holloway,
Psychotherapist and Performing Artist
My inner experience of shifting from writer to author identity has been both terrifying and elating. Something quite magical happened in learning how to access my stories from a more body-informed place. Tanya and Courtney offer masterful practices rich in meaning and depth that helped me to excavate my layered stories and liberate my voice, cultivating the essential skills to write my book. The Author Up experience has moved me on so many levels as a writer, far beyond my expectations.
- Christina MacLeod, Ma.Ed, Creative Depth Coach
"I want to thank-you for the extraordinary ‘Author Identity’ retreat — it was far beyond my expectations, and I’m not easy. The guests, presentations, meditations, and exercises were transformational.
The minute you opened with the breathing exercise, I felt the container — so powerfully. I say this without flattery, but I knew then that you knew deep healing. I mentioned in chat on Saturday that it felt like an initiation.
This initiation was something felt and operating inside me, a switch, a turn, a click, a psychological shift, the first seeding of something more real.
It was a rare and special gift to have that constellation of energy, experience, social awareness, developed practice, and literary acumen in a single weekend, in the way we did."
- Shari B
Tanya and Courtney treated us to some potent alchemical writing practices during the course of Somatic Writing’s Author Up! 2021 Fall series. I didn’t leave this course as the same writer I came in as. I didn’t leave this course the same person I came in as. Meaning, I learned how “writer” and “person” are one and the same. I don’t know of many writing courses out right now that actively work to heal that split. Thank you Tanya and Courtney for the work that you do. May the seeds of these stories flourish and serve the re-enchantment of the whole.
– Merrit Wuchina, Writer
“Life changing! I’ve been working on my book for more than 30 years. I had boxes full of research, sample book proposals, beginning chapters. But I could never get beyond…I was frozen in my trauma.
I’ve learned to write from the trauma held in my body, rather than my fact-telling brain. Tanya and her team are brilliant mid-wives of memoir as you give birth to your unique story that only you can tell.”
– Elan Lambert, Social Worker, Writer