From Earth we are born and to Earth we return.
What we do in the interval makes all the difference.
Like water running through riverbanks,
we are all guided and channeled by culture.
Do we resist and find our own outlets,
or do we go with the flow?
The challenges we live through forge us into stronger beings, better able to serve our fiery passions.
In the ether of mind and spirit we create our own vision, building on the long chain of human understanding
of ourselves and our world.
The Art of Purposeful Memoir
You are invited to join Jennifer in an elemental journey through your own life, using the power of purposeful memoir to transform yourself and your world.
What they’re saying about Jennifer’s workshops: “You created a loving space where writers can share the deepest parts of themselves with others.” –MM, 2016
See more testimonials here, along with information on upcoming writing workshops, online writers’ circles and other opportunities for connecting with Jennifer.
About Jennifer’s forthcoming memoir
Jennifer’s lyrical, hard-hitting memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, sets one American woman’s journey against the larger landscape of political upheaval, global climate change and the recovery of our primary connection to the Earth. In telling the story of a generation who “forgot” how important the health of our planet is to our personal health and well-being, Jennifer details her own years of being entranced, both personally and professionally, in patterns of denial and avoidance. Honestly interrogating the challenge of getting privileged Americans to wake up and confront the urgent and uncomfortable realities of our time, she calls on readers to begin the process of transformation at the intersection of the personal, political and planetary.
What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered is a wake-up call to all those who care about the environmental health and well-being of our planet, aimed at inspiring others to undertake the “elemental journey of purposeful memoir”: doing the inner work necessary to bring the personal, political and planetary into alignment and become the change we wish to see in the world.
Advance praise for What I Forgot:
“Jennifer Browdy has chosen to write what she calls a “purposeful memoir,” one that reveals patterns that she can now perceive and correct. Her choice can inspire us all to see how our lives have been hijacked or distracted from what we most deeply desire, and how we can reclaim our own lives for the sake of life on Earth.” —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects
“With this fine book, Browdy makes connections between the personal and the planetary. She documents the process of waking up to the world around us and she demonstrates how vibrant and rewarding an engaged life can be. This memoir is advocacy writing at its best.” —Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia, Writing to Change the World, and The Green Boat: Revising Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture
This beautifully written and moving memoir offers hope, inspiration and support to all those who, aware of disaster staring us in the face, are searching for courage and insight into how to respond. A timely and most valuable contribution to the greatest challenge of our times. —Anne Baring, author of The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul
Coming in 2017, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion, a month-by-month guide to writing your own purposeful memoir. You don’t have to “be a writer” to undertake this important inner work of looking back over your experience to understand where you are and to envision where you want to go—on a personal, political and planetary level.
From What I Forgot…:
“The challenge, for those of us who have woken up from our culturally induced slumber and become aware of the pressing need for our service, is to figure out how to ground our visions in concrete acts. How can we be the change we want to see?
“The essential thing is to be honest with ourselves and others about the simple truth that everything is not fine. It is possible that we who are alive on the planet today will live through the end of the brief, brutal Anthropocene, the end of that era marking the end of our human line. Our work must come out of this urgent awareness, but we must not allow this knowledge to snuff out our passion and our hope.
“Hope, as the psychologist Kaethe Weingarten says, is a verb—and it assumes its most powerful form in the first person plural. Hope is something we do together. Together, we have the opportunity to make our time in planetary history a legendary epoch, a time our descendants will look back on with gratitude and appreciation.
“The future of so many living beings on this planet depends on our ability to overcome our fear, move beyond our silences and step into the power of our own transformative visions.”
Are you ready? Let’s go!