An experiential educator since 1998, Lori Batcheller, MA, began keeping a journal in childhood, and has personally used journaling to help rediscover her Authentic Self, heal family relationships, change careers, and heal from chronic neck pain. One of her greatest joys is passing these valuable tools onto others. She received certification through the Center for Journal Therapy in 1998 and teaches journal writing workshops to foster creativity, health, and well-being. She has taught journal writing workshops privately and through schools, libraries, churches, and other organizations. Teaching methods include lecture, group interaction, guided meditation, and written exercises.

A partial list of venues includes:

Boulder Valley School District Adult Learning

City of Boulder

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Prana Yoga and Ayurveda Mandala

Amherst Leisure Services

University of Massachusetts Continuing Education Department

Greenfield Community College

Boston Whole Health Expo

Chicago Whole Health Expo

Holistic Health Expo, Marlboro

International Women’s Writing Guild

East Longmeadow Library, MA

All That Matter: A Yoga and Holistic Health Center

Available Workshops:

Journey to Health: Writing Your Way to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being.

Join author Lori Batcheller for a journaling workshop designed to promote health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. In this safe, supportive environment, you’ll learn about scientific studies showing how directed writing can improve our physical and emotional health, along with ways to enhance your journaling, quiet your inner critic, and overcome writer’s block.

We’ll discuss and practice over a half dozen journal writing techniques designed to:

  • Gain new perspectives on current challenges and recognize their innate gift
  • Safely release stress and powerful emotions, such as anger, sadness, and grief
  • Heal relationships
  • Access your body wisdom
  • Meet your Inner Healer
  • Create an individualized wellness kit
  • Rediscover your creativity and innate joy.

Workshop format includes an introduction to the tools and techniques of journaling, specific writing exercises, guided meditation, relaxation and discussion. You will leave this workshop empowered with new tools for self-care promotion and a new understanding of your healthy, playful, creative self. No previous writing experience is necessary. Bring a journal and favorite writing instrument.

Creative Journaling

Have you thought of keeping a journal, but don’t know where to start? Has your journaling practice become stale? Whether you’ve been journaling for years or have just heard of its benefits, this workshop is for you.  Join long-time journaler Lori Batcheller for a weekend of journaling and personal exploration. Through lecture, discussion, writing, and optional sharing, you’ll learn and practice eight different journaling techniques designed to:

  • Release stress and powerful emotions, such as anger, sadness, tension, and grief
  • Gain new perspectives on current challenges
  • Track changes in your life
  • Heal relationships
  • Meet your Inner Guide
  • Rediscover your creativity and innate joy
  • Learn to value your journal as a trusted friend.

You’ll leave with the knowledge and tools to continue a journaling practice to last you a lifetime!

No previous writing experience is necessary. Bring a journal and favorite writing instrument.

Recommended Reading: Lori Batcheller’s Journey to Health: Writing Your Way to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-being (iUniverse 2001).

Write the New Year

Start your New Year “write” with author and seasoned journal writer Lori Batcheller.

In a safe supportive environment we’ll use simple journal writing techniques to cleanse ourselves of unwanted baggage from 2020, capture the year’s highlights, and plant seeds for a bountiful 2021.  No previous writing experience necessary.

Intentional Collage

Recapture the fun you had as a child by making a photomontage with an inward twist. The intentional collage is based on a concept, desire, or issue that comes to mind during an opening visualization and is then developed on paper using related images and words. Collages may be framed and hung as reminders of specific goals or affirmations or gathered over time to make a visual journal.

To bring a workshop to your group or venue, contact Lori Batcheller at 303-818-7366 or e-mail lori @