Wild Women, Wild Voices

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“Wild Women, Wild Voices – Writing Your Authentic Self” in association with Well-Written Writing Group 

Writing workshops for women of all ages and backgrounds in the Wellington region starting May 2019.

What do the words ‘wild’ and ‘woman’ conjure for you?

Free and unpredictable, strong and uncontrollable, natural and fierce, deep dreaming and farsighted. Boundlessness, energy and creativity, joy and freedom. Risk taking, curious, brave, wise, feral, and extraordinary in her splendid glorious way of being.

Taking inspiration from the words of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Judy Reeves, Maya Angelou, Rupi Kaur, Anne Lamott, Sharon Blackie and many, many other wild and empowering women writers, we can help each other to find our own Wild Voice through our writing and creativity. 

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre 
61/69 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
in Meeting Room West 
10:30  – 12:30 every second Saturday of the month 

Dates for your diary: 

11th May
8th June
13th July
10th August
14th September
12th October
9th November
14th December

sign up and queries to wellwrittennz@gmail.com 

Sessions include: Claiming the Wild Woman, Finding and Listening to Your Voice, Creative Connections, Expressing the Wild Woman, The Geography of Our Lives, Life Journeys and Lessons, The Voice of the Senses, Intuitive Wisdom – the Wise Woman. 

You are not required to attend every session, however it will help the group facilitators if you can indicate which dates you are likely to attend. 


Expanding the Collective for 2019

We are looking for contributions of any kind – poetry, short stories, thought pieces etc. – which talk about how writing creatively has changed your life for the better.

Perhaps you have found a voice in yourself that you never knew you had. Maybe you have become more focused, determined or happier since starting to write. Or maybe you have used your writing to help process a difficult time in your life and it has helped you succeed where other methods have failed.

All pieces considered.

Please send an email to wellwrittennz@gmail.com if you would like to be included.


By Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman, writer at https://awawahine.co.nz

At this very moment, I’m sitting at my computer with a herbal tea. 


I’m feeling quite peaceful and calm but also aware of the things I would like to get done today. 


It is all the things that we would like to get done or think that we have to do which are the biggest barrier to mindfulness. 

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Depression as the new Common Cold

Guest post from Irihipeti Waretini, previously published at https://awawahine.co.nz/hinengaro/2018/8/14/depression-as-the-new-common-cold

Photo by Yuris Alhumaydy on Unsplash

For so long a taboo if spoken, so no-one spoke. Now that it is as common as the cold, we still find it hard to speak about. Often we don’t even recognise it.

Continue reading “Depression as the new Common Cold”