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The Art of Spiritual Living Online Retreat – starts 23 July

July 21, 2017

Leading retreats is one of my favourite activities.

Following the exceptional experience we all had at the recent Conscious Writing Retreat for Women, I’m delighted to share that I’m contributing to a wonderful online retreat so you can participate from wherever you are in the world

It’s called “The Art of Spiritual Living Online Retreat” and starts on Sunday 23 July. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!

I’m speaking about what spiritual living means to me and how conscious writing is both an approach to and an expression of what I call conscious living.

I also lead a guided practice with a live writing exercise so I do hope you’ll register for the event to enjoy my session as well as all the others which include 25 visionaries teaching intentional creativity, conscious movement and more

Read more and register

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Filed under: Conscious & Creative Living — Julia @ 9:11 am

Writing to Awaken – New Book by Mark Matousek

July 18, 2017

I’m delighted to share that my friend and colleague Mark Matousek has a new book called Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation and Self-Discovery which has just been published.

Using forty-eight lessons taken from Mark’s teaching experiences, Writing To Awaken guides the reader through a yearlong process of self-inquiry and illumination through radical truth-telling and targeted questions.

By learning to expose the “falsehoods of self” – the stories we mistake for the truth in our lives – we’re freed of obsolete narratives so that we can live with greater authenticity, passion, and creativity in the world.

These lessons have helped thousands of students awaken to their inner lives and grow psychologically, as well as spiritually.

Filled with powerful stories and revealing exercises, this book opens the craft of writing as a way to dive into the art of self-reflection. It will restore meaning and change your life.”~Mark Nepo

To read more, click here.

Filed under: General Interest — Julia @ 5:30 pm

What’s new this month?

July 17, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

What an exceptional retreat experience we all had this year!

It was an utterly amazing group of women, and I feel deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to guide and facilitate their process of creative awakening and authentic self-expression.

Witnessing the emergence of their clarity about who they truly are and their expansion of confidence to share what they’re here to share was like seeing beautiful flowers open from tightly closed buds and come into full bloom.

Comments and Quantum Leaps

Comments such as “my life is changed forever”, “truly transformational”, “beyond amazing”, “a gateway to the authentic me”, “quite honestly, I’m blown away by the results”… say it all (read more feedback here).

It’s confirmed for me beyond any shadow of doubt that experiencing my conscious and creative approach in person at a retreat is one of the most powerful ways for people to take massive quantum leaps!

So this may have been the last retreat at this particular venue, but I remain completely committed to leading retreats going forwards and I’ll be intrigued to see how everything takes shape in the coming months.

Online Retreat

In the meantime, a virtual retreat experience may not equate to what I’ve described above, but it does mean you can participate from wherever you are in the world.

So I’m delighted to share that you can join me and 25 visionaries from around the world for the Art of Spiritual Living Online Retreat which starts on Sunday 23 July.

I’m speaking about what spiritual living means to me and how conscious writing is both an approach to and an expression of what I call conscious living.

I also lead a guided practice with a live writing exercise so I do hope you’ll register for the event to enjoy my session as well as all the others which include intentional creativity, conscious movement and more – read the detail here.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 9:00 am

Intuition – A Trusted Ally for Conscious Writers

July 15, 2017

Before the technical revolution began the process of redrafting the landscape, I learned the business of publishing from the ground up.

Inspired by the mission of communicating perennial wisdom to a contemporary international audience, I quickly realized that commissioning books for publication was more of an art than a science.

This was especially the case in the world of independent publishing, where breaking new ground and working at the cutting edge were the norm.

Working Intuitively

I hadn’t planned to develop my intuition as part of my work. Yet it wasn’t long before I experienced the limitations of decisions made on facts and figures alone.

Introducing timeless knowledge to a rapidly developing marketplace required greater insight than the study of past success provided.

Add to that the publishing reality of working one or two years ahead of the moment readers would discover the end results in printed form, and it became clear that a sixth sense” would be extremely valuable.

The Difference that Makes the Difference

Looking back, I now see that making a conscious choice to develop my intuition at an early stage of my publishing career was the difference that made the difference – not just to my work, but to all areas of my life.

To read the rest of the article, click here

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Julia @ 1:40 pm

The Power of Writing FREE Interview Series

July 13, 2017

* Last few days! *

Are you as ready as you’ll ever be to develop a powerful writing practice that is inspired, consistent and fulfilling?

Here’s your opportunity to step onto a new level as a writer!

I’m joining 20 other experts on a FREE Interview Series called The Power of Writing: Discover and share your gifts by developing a purposeful and powerful writing practice.

You’ll discover tips and strategies to help overcome procrastination and blocks, issues of time, consistency and inspiration, and find out how to apply what you learn to the many types of writing including fiction, non-fiction, memoir, journaling and blogging.

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Filed under: General Interest — Julia @ 1:39 pm

IACCW Member Event: How to Discover Your Authentic Wild Voice as a Conscious Writer

July 6, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Judy Reeves

As its name implies, wild voice is untamed and unbounded. It goes deep, like roots. Wild voice is what gives a writer the sentence or phrase that seems to come out of nowhere. Language erupts spontaneously with wild voice. It appears as writing that surprises both the writer and the reader. Wild voice is when the writing comes freely and easily, intuitively. The language is of the writer’s own making and the rhythm is the beat of her own drummer.

In this interview, Judy Reeves will discuss the concept of “wild voice” and how writers can access that voice to give expression to stories, memories, thoughts, and feelings that are often ignored or set aside and how these might be explored for the wisdom they can offer.

We’ll discuss:

  • What we mean when we use the word “authentic” in context with creative writing.
  • How writing from your authentic wild voice is different than following the directives of writing exercises that focus on the craft of writing.
  • How you can access your authentic wild voice
  • The benefits of writing from the authentic wild voice for Conscious Writers

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher, and writing practice provocateur who has written four books on writing, including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days. Her work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies; most recently, Expressive Writing, Classroom and Community. She has edited several anthologies and chapbooks, including those born out of her Wild Women writing workshops, which she has led since 1997. For more information visit and

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 10:05 am

What’s new this month?

June 12, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

I love it when the universe delivers real and resonant opportunities seemingly out of the blue!

This has been my experience on numerous occasions over the years and every time it happens, I pause to acknowledge the ‘greater forces’ at work.

This month, both of the Highlights are examples of this phenomenon.

Highlight #1

The Conscious Writing Retreat for Women (last call for Early Bird tickets – deadline FRIDAY 9 JUNE!) grew out of a ‘chance’ conversation and an introduction to the amazing venue we’ve been using for the last 4 years. Read more here.

Highlight #2

And a couple of months ago, I received an invitation to speak at a FREE Interview Series called The Power of Writing which starts on MONDAY 26 JUNE.

In all honesty, I often find myself declining such invitations as it’s a high priority for me to feel a genuine sense of resonance with the energy and intentions behind the people and the purpose of events like this.

On this occasion, it’s been a real pleasure to connect with host Dawn Purcell’s enthusiasm for presenting a series of interviews that will genuinely guide writers to develop a powerful writing practice that is inspired, consistent and fulfilling.

My interview will be available for 48 hours and will be aired again, at the end of the series, for an additional 72 hours. Read more here.

Perhaps one or both of these opportunities will resonate with you too?

If so, I urge you to pay attention to your intuitive nudge and follow through straight away. If not now, when?

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 10:30 am

The Iceberg Approach to Conscious Writing

June 9, 2017

I often use the image of an iceberg to represent the way I teach Conscious Writing.

It’s a powerful illustration because it’s so clear that the 10% you see above the surface of the water simply wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the 90% underneath.

For Conscious Writers, the visible 10% equates to the words that meet the page.

The hidden 90% includes all of the unseen preparation and preliminary creative work that’s required for the right words to arise for the most authentic and effective communication of your ideas and stories.

Inner Preparation

That’s why I place so much emphasis on inner preparation before starting to write.

Paying attention to “who you are” and “where you’re at” when you sit down to craft the words to share your message with your readers makes all the difference in the world.

No one will see the 90% preparation before the essence of your ideas shows up in the form of words; yet at some level they will feel the distinction of writing that comes from a deeper source.

To read the rest of the article, click here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 4:14 pm

IACCW Member Event: 5 Storytelling Techniques to Craft Your Signature Talk

May 25, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Carmine Gallo

Authors are natural storytellers, but can you turn your ideas into compelling talks and presentations in front of live audiences?

Carmine Gallo has spent 25 years studying the art and science of communication and works directly with leaders who run some of the world’s largest, most admired brands. His approach to communication has been influenced by authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and inspirational business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson and others. Gallo believes that your story is your competitive advantage in the marketplace of ideas. Learn to share it effectively.

In this conversation Carmine will tap into the research he’s used to write his books to demonstrate how authors can speak with power and confidence.

In this interview you’ll learn how:

  • To build a visual message map that provides an easy to follow template for your next presentation.
  • Stories inform, illuminate, and inspire
  • To adapt the building blocks of narrative to deliver a presentation your audiences will always remember
  • Your internal narrative is the key to your ultimate ability to inspire your audiences.
  • To create a ‘wow’ moment in your very next presentation that will leave your audience craving more.

Carmine Gallo is a best-selling author, popular keynote speaker and the communication coach for the world’s most admired brands. Among his eight books are two Wall Street Journal bestsellers, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk like TED. In his new book, The Storyteller’s Secret, Gallo features 50 leaders to explain why some ideas catch on and others don’t. Gallo is recognized as one of the most influential voices in business and communication and has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and ABC’s 20/20. For more information, visit

Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 8:49 am

A Conscious & Creative Woman is Like a River Flowing…

May 22, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

As soon as I read the following quote, I knew it would become one of my favourites:

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” Maya Angelou

It resonates deeply with me as my journey of creative self-realization has involved moving into true harmony with my spirit and forging my own authentic path (on-going!).

My process has included developing a conscious connection with the Divine Feminine and exploring the multitude of ways that yin energy can be expressed through who I am and what I do as I follow the path to my “destination”.

Pushing the River

There have been many challenges along the way as I was brought up to value the masculine, yang qualities of taking responsibility for making things happen, driving life forwards to achieve external success and generally pushing the river!

Sound familiar?

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Filed under: Conscious Writing Retreats — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 9:13 am
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