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From the Heart to the Pen

From the Heart to the Pen

A sacred workshop experienced

I spent this past Saturday morning indulging in shared time with others seeking to open to our deepest selves. We were bathed in sound vibration lead by Chris Zimonick, and I shared prompts designed to deepen our connection with intention, our lives as a spiritual journey, and to open to a deeper sense of purpose for the year ahead through journaling. It was a powerful morning….and I continue to process and open to the voice of my heart.

I am blessed to participate, to share, and to lead. It is always a profound experience personally and in sharing with others. I feel deeply centered, renewed, and enlivened as I begin my workweek. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….


Exciting Workshops to Begin 2017

Inner Self

Exciting Workshops To Begin 2017

Newly created workshops combining gifts of others into my work

I have been busy collaborating with the gifted people in my life, to share our talents in creating two workshops to start our new year. I am excited to share both workshops designed to deepen the intuitive connection within us. Each is very unique and both will lead us deep within. Please visit both websites and Facebook pages, and I hope you will join us as we create the sacred in our lives.





Workshop Dates: 2/10/2017 – 2/11/2017
Location: Mary Mendla Fine Art & Apparel Studio
Address: 177 Green Bay Road, Thiensville, Wisconsin 53092
Region: Wisconsin
Country: United States
Contact: Mary Mendla
Phone: 262-227-3992

Journey into Your Intuitive Self,  A Meditative Art Journaling Retreat co-taught by Mary Mendla and Marggie Hatala

Delve deeply within yourself, open to your creative channels and give them expression in voice and color.

Join us for this two day workshop at Mary Mendla Fine Art and Apparel Studio in Thiensville, Wisconsin.

We will create a meditative environment, using guided imagery and breath work to quiet ourselves and open to the stillness within. Using our pen and journals, we will open a conversation with the divine voice that whispers from our source. These words will form a framework for the visual expression that springs forward. Then, using free form splashes and shapes of color on paper, we will allow our intuitive selves to burst forward visually and create works of art that incorporate our journaled words through collage, drawing, and symbolic imagery.  The workshop will close with each participant taking their artworks home, to hang in their personal sacred space.  There they will remain to beckon each of us daily to live from this very inner, very deeply intuitive self.

Mary Mendla is an award winning intuitive artist and art instructor.  She has worked in a variety of art media, especially oil and mixed media.  Her intuitive painting comes from deep within her through her memories, emotions, and spirit.  Mary encourages her students to seek personal meaning through their art journeys and subject matter.

Marggie Hatala teaches Meditative Journaling Workshops on a wide variety of topics throughout the Milwaukee Area and Northeast Wisconsin.  Her passion is to lead others to live from the inside out, using her depth of presence to deeply touch groups.  Marggie is an End of Life Consultant, Author and Speaker, living in Door County, Wisconsin.

Art materials will be provided, you will be asked to bring your own journal for the written portion of the class, a hair dryer, and a smock or old clothing for artmaking.  No previous art experience is necessary.

Friday, February 10 & Saturday February 11, 10 AM to 4 PM both days.

The cost for this workshop is $250, or register by January 15 and pay $225

Opening to Your Intuitive Self
Workshop Fee $250.00 USDRegister by 1/15/17 $225.00 USD


“Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God.”— Paramahansa Yogananda

Posted by Christine Zimonick on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Shifting into the New Year


Shifting into the New Year

Feeling the pull to new awareness as our year cycles

I have taken this year to allow old patterns to melt away, while awaiting the birth of the new into my life. It’s been a transformative time for me, and I’ve allowed myself the quiet and privacy to embrace the deep release and the many changes. As our winter solstice approaches, and our full moon shines above me in the dark sky, I feel the rebirth throughout me and its form in my life.

I am emerging from my cocoon of privacy and ready to venture out through my writing and teaching. I feel firm footing beneath me, yet I am ready to allow life to unfold into the right steps. For me, for our community, for our world. This past year has shown me the limitations that were guiding my life, and I want only a trusting walk ahead. Gratefully, I am surrounded by the support of loving relationships and a deep spiritual connection that will allow this.

I look ahead to the new year about to dawn, with awareness and trepidation. Our world is in a massive shift, one that I am here to share myself fully to assist. I trust only in the higher view of transformation, and am ready to remain present to this as we collectively hold the space for the highest good. I will walk with others of like mind, deeply grounded and fully alive.


Maintaining Inner Peace


Maintaining Inner Peace

A hectic time in my life draws me ever more deeply within

I just returned from a long awaited and cherished time out west with my family. It was a true whirlwind trip, lots of travel in a short period combined with a very busy time of year for all of us. I am so glad that I took the time, made the trip, and indulged in family and reconnecting. I needed this so badly, my heart now feels renewed.

Yet returning home meant catching up on my writing and other work as well as the usual unpacking and laundry. I find that it is my writing that has become my guide. Yesterday, I set aside several hours to begin planning the journaling workshops that I am about to hold. While getting myself wrapped around this work took some inner motivating, once I opened to previous class notes and began to search for the meditative prompts that I will use I found myself centering. And as the vibrational toning music played while I worked, the tension and feelings of demand seemed to slip away. I felt myself leaving the stress and worry somewhere else, and returning to the moment completely. When my husband came home from work, I was ready to discuss our time away and our  day. I was eager to work outside on our knee deep leaf clearing until it became dark. And to savor my life, my family, and my work.

This is why I feel such passion for sharing my workshops. I find that journaling as a meditative tool my most sacred daily ritual for combining my life in this world with the peace and serenity of my eternal self. I encourage everyone to try this, and to check out my workshops if you are able to join us.

Upcoming Events

Writing to Discover Your Inner Self

Red Canyon

Writing to Discover Your Inner Self

Sharing and discovering our deepest self through pen and paper

I lead groups in different formats of journaling, all with the focus to open to our inner self. We use meditative tools to touch on this sacred place within us, and allow our pen to flow with words that are not from our conscious minds.

I am offering a series of classes this fall that are outlined on my Upcoming Events Page of this website. They all are designed to deepen our inner connection, and to open to the eternal spirit throughout our living. As an End of Life Consultant, this is my passion, and aligns with my purpose to assist in the awakening of our world to this truth.

Just as the layers of our majestic earth have different colors, texture, and solidity, so too does our energy system and connection to spirit. I will be writing about these in the months ahead and my workshops will be in accord with this. I look forward to sharing this together in the months ahead.

For those in my Door County WI area, I hope you can join us next week…..

Introduction to Meditative Journaling

Sunday, October 2          1-2:30PM               $35

    Jefferson Street Books, Sturgeon Bay WI

Allowing Life’s Current to Carry Me

Fairy Garden

Allowing Life’s Current to Carry Me

I’m enjoying the ease of flow into a new direction

For the past weeks I’ve been deep within myself, working on opening to the changes that have been bubbling to the surface of my awareness for months. I’ve been looking at many choices that I’ve made in my work life and sorting through them all as I opened to change.  Now that it’s flowing quite effortlessly, it all seems so easy….so great.  Yet it has included several months of deep work, asking for guidance, letting go of a deep attachment that I’ve held throughout my lifetime (and well beyond I suspect).

I heard myself repeat often that all my soul really wants right now is to write, and to share through speaking and teaching my passion for living in the present and becoming fully alive. But that meant asking myself how to completely shift my business to allow that.  Along the way, I’ve opened to many layers of my own process, that on the surface seemed appropriate and fulfilling, yet held me in a habitual path that needed to change.

Gratefully, after months of meditation,  healing work, and discussion with my inner circle, I’m now enjoying the ease of seeing it all fall almost seamlessly into place. Of course I love this time, and look back at the past months as having been a challenge. And of course, I also understand each experience as completely right and part of the perfection of the creation of this for me.

I am so grateful for it all. For the deep sacred that is always there to guide me, for the beauty of those I love so completely that have been willing to walk through my sorting through it all. And for this place in my life, this time in my life. Ahhhhhhh, thanks be to God.


Journaling to Mindfulness


Journaling to Mindfulness

Join me as we use our journals to explore our deepest selves

Join me for a day long introduction to using our journals as a meditative tool, as we explore the various aspects of mindfulness. We will explore our deepest self as we move into gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, and beyond.

A catered lunch will be included, as well as time to walk the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ephraim WI shoreline.

Dates and times being arranged for the Fall, 2016.

Inspiration From Nature


Inspiration From Nature

Using our incredible natural environment to stir our souls

Next week will be here before I know it, especially with our plans for the holiday weekend looming. I am excitedly preparing for the Meditative Journaling Workshop at Write On, Door County that will be held on June 4th. We will use the rugged and peaceful terrain of Write On’s grounds as our prompt. What could be better?

Meditative Journaling creates a sacred conversation within our own selves. Using meditative tools and a writing journal, deep connection and awareness of our true self is a natural outcome. This workshop will really be special because the prompt will be from the sacred, from Mother Earth. What better inspiration could we possible have?

Leading this workshop is a gift to me; as I connect with the other contemplative writers that attend, and we all enjoy the expansion of walking the grounds, I am so blessed by the assurance of deep peace and connection. I hope that those in our Door County WI area will join us.  For those that aren’t able, grab a notebook and pen, walk quietly through the outdoors, and watch what happens!

Savoring the Preciousness of Time


Savoring the Preciousness of Time

Easing my life to deepen my living

I just finished two projects that have really had me consumed…both of them occupying my thoughts and my time commitments in deeply expanding ways. Yet being so engaged for the past few months, has helped to show me the changes that I want to make in my life to allow more time.  It’s funny, I want to allow my mind and time commitments to be consumed. I want to allow more of this deep opening into action and life. I want to shift my work and personal life to once again give me unstructured days that will allow my meditation, reading and research to flow naturally into my writing.

The challenge of being me includes my love of “doing”, of being busy as a way of feeling productive and alive. This is very good, but it also habitually shifts into too many commitments, and too little down time to explore, create, and relax. I know myself well enough to realize this is an ongoing pattern, but each shift I open to creates a deeper well of being. And with that, a deeper need and want for the other to take priority.

As I sort through the files that I created during my writing of programs and planning future events, I breath deeply, ground, and sigh. I see and feel the culmination of my work opening into the structure that will stay long term and allow both sides of myself to flourish. At least until the next time I recommit those unstructured days for more busy-ness!

Embracing Life


Embracing Life

Finding deep connection with others as we talked about living, dying, and much more

I spent Sunday afternoon with a wonderful group at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. My presentation was Embracing Death with Life, yet it did not feel as though a presentation. Instead, we held a deeply honest and profound conversation about our experiences with living and dying, our feelings and fears, and our thoughts about this subject in many other ways. It was an incredible afternoon.

This group again showed me the depth of connection I experience with people that seek honest exploration of themselves, and are willing to risk becoming vulnerable as we share so truthfully. I left the group feeling expanded, deeply connected, and joyful. Thank you to everyone there.