Instructor: Christine Hassing
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 01/09/2023 - 02/12/2023
SCN Member: $165
Class synopsisEach moment we experience and each person we meet are puzzle pieces that complete a picture of our lives. Are there some puzzle pieces we wish had fallen on the floor? Maybe other pieces we grieve their loss, yet if we looked again would we find them still fit into place? Maybe there is a section of the puzzle we haven’t started yet. We can see possibilities in an image, yet where to begin?
Using the indoor coziness of the winter season, the mindful exercise of putting together a puzzle, and reflective journaling in response to weekly prompts, students will be able to explore the stories of life to view – or perhaps re-discover – the extraordinary picture pieced together thus far and will also discover hope and possibilities for the pieces yet to find.
To experience fun and joy in puzzle building., To experience a safe, compassionate, and unconditionally accepting environment to reflect, explore, and share the stories of our life., The narratives generated as a result of the creative puzzle building endeavor will offer such things as happiness, wisdom, harmony, curiosity, grace, self-compassion/ acceptance, and healing.
Class communication methodLearning prompts, a reflective assignment, and a puzzle building action step will be provided to attendees on the Mondays of each week via a collective group email. Attendees will be encouraged to journal on their own in response to their learning prompt(s) and reflective assignment. Over the week, each attendee will utilize their reflective assignment and journaling to write about a single puzzle piece or many puzzle pieces that represent a story of life that resonates most for them. Attendees will be asked to share from their reflections and to share at least a portion of their written story via group email at the end of each week (Saturday/ Sunday) for supportive and celebratory feedback. In addition, if students are interested, weekly zoom meetings will be established for one-by-one or collective gatherings for any questions students have, or any sharing students would like to do. Note: Students will need to obtain a puzzle (size and complexity at the student discretion).
First the framework. It begins with the border of the puzzle, after sifting and sorting the straight edges. Learning prompts will include guidance for exploring the framework, or foundation, which comprises one’s life.
Corner, top, bottom, middle, none of the above? Next is to add pieces inside the framework. Learning prompts will include guidance for exploring memories of moments and people who make up the picture of one’s life thus far.
Only one piece is the perfect fit. The puzzle continues to be built inside the framework. Learning prompts will include guidance in exploring the moments and people with this sentiment in mind from an unknown author – When it’s all finished, you will discover it was never random.
A missing piece. A puzzle piece cannot be found. Another puzzle piece is removed from a completed section. Learning prompts will include guidance in exploring the moments and people that one might struggle to have fitting into one’s picture. In addition, compassionate guidance will be provided in exploring the moments and people that now find one walking with Grief due to the change or loss.
What about over there? Now there is a turning of attention to a new section of the puzzle not yet started. Learning prompts will include guidance for pondering what moments and people one hopes, intends, dreams, or wishes would become pieces in the picture of one’s life.
Class time commitmentA portion of the time will be dependent on the attendee’s choice of puzzle size and complexity. In addition, students will be encouraged to allow for 10 – 20 minutes journaling after each puzzle building time. An additional 1.5 -2 hours may be planned throughout the week allocated for reflection, story writing, and classmate feedback.
Life Story writer/teacher, author, coach, Christine Hassing has published two life-story books, one her personal memoir To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet. The second is Hope Has a Cold Nose, a collection of twenty-three military veteran life stories about the healing effects of service animals for veterans journeying with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military-sexual trauma (MST). Christine is an exceptional intuitive listener and compassionate life-story writer/teacher and coach with years of experience teaching individuals to find a centeredness in life, in their leadership, and within themselves. Christine’s gift in reframing life stories provides emotional and spiritual healing for an individual transforming through their pain, trauma, sorrow, despair, or grief.