Journal to the Self

Dublin West | 2 Days

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A journal writing workshop based on the work of Kathleen Adams.



Journal to the Self® is a short journal writing course for personal growth, creative expression and life enhancement. It was designed and developed by Journal Therapy pioneer Kathleen Adams and is based on her classic book of the same name.

Learning different ways to write in your journal adds colour, perspective and dimension to your reflective writing. With the help of these journal tools, you can gently but powerfully explore the various aspects of yourself, your life and your relationships with others.


Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in journaling as a tool for self-reflection and expression. It welcomes both newcomers and seasoned journal writers that wish to expand their repertoire of techniques for productive and fulfilling journal writing. It may also appeal to helping professionals like counsellors and psychotherapists, to learn potentially useful tools for both themselves and their clients.

Each participant will be provided with a companion workbook for use throughout the course – you do not need to have read or own a copy of the Journal to the Self book itself.


What are the benefits of doing this course?

With this course, you can learn how to write spontaneously and with joy; track cycles, patterns and trends in your life; safely release tension, frustration, anger and other strong emotions; experiment with creative writing and increase overall writing skills; clarify goals; improve time-management and organisational skills; and find support for your journaling from your peers.

In the words of Kathleen Adams, ‘In moments of ecstasy, in moments of despair, the journal remains an impassive, silent friend, forever ready to console, to confront, to contain, to cheer on. Its potential as a tool for holistic mental health is unsurpassed.’


What you will learn?

You will experience 18 different journal techniques, including Captured Moments, Character Sketch, Clustering, Dialogue, Dream Log, 5-Minute Sprint, Inner Wisdom, and Unsent Letters.

Run over 2 days, the workshop offers a unique opportunity to engage with what is usually a self-guided exploration in a safe and respectful group setting, led by Journal to the Self® Certified Instructor and therapeutic writing specialist, Simon Forsyth.

Course Details




TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Dublin West




Alphapoems; Artmaking; Captured Moments; Character Sketch; Clustering; Dialogue; Dream Log; 5-Minute Sprint; Guided Imagery; Inner Wisdom; Inventory; Lists of 100; Perspectives; Springboards; Stream of Consciousness; Time Capsule; Topics du Jour; Unsent Letters

Entry Requirements



This workshop is for anyone who would like to explore their thoughts, emotions and experiences through journaling. No previous experience of journaling or creative writing is necessary – the focus is on self-expression, not writing technique. 



All journaling exercises in class will be handwritten on pen and paper.  

Course Fees



Full Price: €200

PCI College Graduate & Student*: €170

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


For more information, please visit our full Terms & Conditions page.

Learning Outcomes


Having completed the course, participants will have:

  • Learned about the benefits of keeping a journal
  • Experienced 18 different journaling techniques
  • Considered how these techniques might be used for personal and/or professional benefit
  • Engaged with the writing of others in a supportive and respectful group environment
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