Sweet Magic Event Space

11-08-2020 - JOURNAL AS ALTAR: Deepening Your Craft

We keep altars for many reasons: for cultural, religious, and/or spiritual expression, to honor ancestors/spirits/nature, to make our prayers and hopes visible and tangible, to welcome what we need and desire, to protect our homes, to transition beloved people and pets. We keep journals for many reasons, too. For me, setting up an altar and setting up a journal are both rituals that ground me, open me, and bring intention to my life when I need it most. Altars are healing portals, and so are journals. Your journal can become an altar. In this trauma-informed workshop, you will learn how to:

+ Ground yourself in journaling a sacred self care practice

+ Set up your journal as an altar and create pages that become prayers

+ Release perfectionism and supremacy thinking that can inhibit creativity and healing

+ Utilize new art journal techniques

+ Explore multiple art mediums

+ Rely on ritual and routine to guide you

+ Write/create for yourself and for the world you wish to see

+++ You will need to provide your own journal, notebook, diary or planner (any kind works, from simple notebooks to fancy leather bound journals - I often work in the Many Moons planner). It can be new or currently in use - no rules! You may also want to grab your favorite pens, stickers, paper bits, etc, if you have them.

Everyone who registers by September 1 will receive a bonus little scrapbooking kit in the mail!



    • This is a live workshop, with a recording available for 2 weeks sent out to all registered participants.
    • Buying this course as a gift? Please include recipient’s email address during checkout.
    • We use Zoom for online workshops - please have the app downloaded if using a phone.
    • Enrollment is accepted up until the day of the event.
    • Outside of the kits sent to you in the mail, all participants are responsible for sourcing their own materials for this workshop.
    • Technical difficulties on the attendees end (sound issues, tardiness, wifi connection, video cut out, etc) do not entitle attendees to a refund. We recommend signing on 10 minutes early to sort out any issues.
    • Seagrape does not offer guidance around computer or Zoom usage, though we do send out a link including instructions on how to use Zoom 24 hours prior to all workshops.
    • Honor the privacy of others; what is said and shared in a workshop is not meant to share outside of the workshop except for what instructors give permission to share.
    • Questions? Email us at events@seagrapeapothecary.com


About the instructor:

Erin is a white, fat, queer, empath, moon magic paper nerd who laughs easily and believes in the power of interdependence. She started journaling and keeping diaries as soon as she learned to write. In her professional life, Erin works to prevent violence, trauma and injustice that impacts children and communities. Her most critical and restorative form of self care, through 20 years of trauma and healing work with children and families, is grounded in maintaining several art journals, diaries, notebooks, and agendas as spiritual practice. Her journals are altars, and her pages are prayers. 

@journal.as.altar and @handwrittenrevolution on instagram.