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What’s new this month?

November 16, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

What a glorious autumn day it is here in the wilds of Wiltshire.

The sunshine is lighting up the rich hues of red and gold in the garden outside my window and inspiring me to share the joy of conscious and creative living and writing with you!

How to Find and Forge Your Authentic Path

I’m delighted to say that the new content on How to Find and Forge Your Authentic Path from the recent FREE Video Class worked really well.

Participants described their experience as “very powerful, enhancing, inspiring, motivating, wonderful and highly valuable; a succinct set of very strong steps.”

So that feels like a positive start and I have no doubt that it will continue to develop from here. If you’d like to watch the replay, you can do so by clicking here.

Individual Retreats

I’m now offering Conscious and Creative Living as a focus alongside Conscious Writing for all of the coaching and mentoring work I do.

This includes the two and three day individually guided retreats that I’m making available over the next few months and there are just 2 places left!

If you’d like to request an Information Pack here.


Looking ahead, I’m in the process of scheduling a one day Conscious Writing workshop next spring here in the UK and a five day retreat next September in the USA which I’m really looking forward to.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to experience this powerful teaching in person, watch this space for further details.

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 @ 2:46 pm

No Rules Writing

I’ve always had an intrinsic respect for Divine Order and Natural Law alongside an equally innate disrespect for some of the man-made rules that don’t seem to make any sense to me.

It’s hardly surprising that this was the cause of quite a few issues during my growing up years!

I simply didn’t respond to the “… because I say so” reason that school teachers often gave when I genuinely wanted to know “why?” I should do something in a certain way.

A Few Exceptions

With experience I’ve learnt to follow Divine Order as my highest authority and respect the importance of regulations to guide the different facets of everyday life.

Over the years I’ve successfully applied this more mature relationship with convention and found my peace with rules and abiding by them.

Yet for me there will always be a few exceptions, especially when it comes to creative expression and specifically to writing.

To read the rest of the article
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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , — Julia @ 2:41 pm

Calling all IACCW bloggers and reviewers

November 3, 2017

IACCW member Vicky Arthurs recently launched a new poetry audiobook, Limehavencelebrating the special bond between grandparents and children.

Inspired by childhood memories of her own grandparents, Vicky’s poems capture shared joys and explore themes of love, war, nature and innocence.

Vicky began writing Limehaven while undertaking a series of mentoring sessions with IACCW Founder Julia McCutchen.

“Working with Julia gave me confidence – both in trusting my own creative instincts and in sending my work out to publishers,” said Vicky. “I was lucky to be taken on by IRON Press, which led to wonderful opportunities to read my work at festivals and events. I enjoy performing, so creating an audiobook felt like a natural next step.”

Vicky has released the audiobook under her own imprint, Cedarbird, alongside a new worldwide print edition of the book.

She is currently organising a blog tour for Limehaven and is keen to connect with soulful bloggers and reviewers from the IACCW community. If you are interested in writing a review or interview, or hosting a blog post by Vicky, please email and include a link to your blog/publication.

You can hear tracks from the audiobook at or find out more about Vicky’s work at

Photo credit: © Donna-Lisa Healy
Filed under: Member News — Julia @ 3:56 pm

IACCW Member Event: Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

November 2, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews David Ulrich

One of the hallmarks of the creative process is readily distinguishable stages of evolution, from conception through completion. Understanding these stages in an experiential manner can help fulfill our creative potential and assist us in deeply serving others through our works.

In this interview, creativity is viewed as a path towards self-realization, a means of opening to the depth mind, a fertile ground for the necessary encounter with our demons and resistances, and a marriage of self with the sources from which our works spring.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and fully engage the seven stages of creativity
  • Find greater connection to the “writer within,” free of fear and self-limiting inner dialogue.
  • Open to the resonant sources of epiphany and insight, which lie waiting within us all.
  • Use creativity as a means towards self-revealment and greater consciousness of both: the inner and outer worlds.
  • Discover your authentic voice, that which grows from your identity and being
  • Learn techniques for a disciplined approach to craft and for bringing works to fruition and completion.
  • Explore disintegrating your ego and integrating your shadow, and how these dynamics may assist you in growing towards wholeness, authenticity, and fluid creativity—and become a contributory force in the world.

David Ulrich is a photographer and writer. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity, and the co-editor of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by its Youth. His work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, MANOA, and Sierra Club publications. He is a Consulting Editor to Parabola Magazine and a frequent contributor. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions nationwide. He is a program coordinator and faculty member of Pacific New Media, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is currently finishing a memoir/essay on seeing and visual perception: Longing for Light: Into the Heart of Vision. Visit and

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:08 am

Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats

October 13, 2017

* Just 5 places available! *

Claim your right to time and space away from your regular commitments
to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore your deepest calling with my intuitive guidance and support.

Whether you feel called to write a blog or a book, launch or develop your business and/or access your inner wisdom to navigate change consciously and creatively, it’s tough to make real progress when you’re already feeling stretched.

That’s why I’ve created the opportunity for you to step out of everyday life and focus on developing your ideas and making tangible progress with your chosen priority working one to one with my intuitive guidance and support.

The Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats are tailored to suit your personal project(s), requirements and availability.

They take place in Somerset, south west England and include a mix of guided sessions and time for you to reflect, create, write and apply your insights and realizations.

We start wherever you currently are, and by the end you’ll be absolutely clear about your priorities and the best way to take your next steps.

To request an Information Pack
click here

To read about “Bespoke Coaching and Mentoring Packages”
click here

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 11:03 am

What’s new this month?

October 7, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

Last month I shared the first sparks of a new idea that came to me following my silent retreat – the inspiration to include Conscious Living as a topic alongside Conscious Writing in all areas of my work.

I wasn’t entirely clear what form(s) the essence would initially take; yet here we are four weeks later and I’m ready to reveal what has surfaced!

It didn’t take much reflection for me to realize that creativity is such an integral part of the process for me that it needs to be in the title so Conscious Living has become Conscious & Creative Living.

FREE Live Video Class

The first form the essence will take is a 60 minute FREE live video class on Thursday 19 October.

I’ve spent the last 20+ years exploring my deepest calling to live consciously and creatively in alignment with my soul, and now I feel I have some experience to share.

This interactive class will introduce the Conscious & Creative Living Triad of (i) Foundation (ii) Vision and (iii) Action, and guide you to shift from conditioned to clear vision to transform your experience of life. Read more here.

Conscious & Creative Individual Retreats

I’m also offering up to 5 places for individual retreats again this year and have expanded the focus to include Conscious & Creative Living alongside Conscious Writing.

These individual retreats have been described as “life changing”!

So if you’re feeling called to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore your deepest calling to live your life purpose consciously and creatively, request an Information Pack 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 @ 10:57 am

“No” as a Conscious and Creative Choice

October 5, 2017

Returning to regular life after summer holidays and silent retreats can feel like a real shock to the system.

The spacious freedom gives way to a range of commitments that usually require an immediate shift from being to doing and it doesn’t take long for personal priorities to slide into oblivion.

It’s a transition I’ve learnt to navigate by drawing on the conscious and creative choice to say “no”!

Conscious Choices

This means that the vast majority of the commitments in my schedule now are ones that I’ve consciously chosen and am really happy to follow through on.

I ease into picking up the full load over the first few days and soon find myself in a new rhythm which increasingly includes the spacious energy I’ve enjoyed from my time out as the integration of being and doing.

But it hasn’t always been this way and I know the feeli ng of overwhelm from having too much going on all too well.

And it’s an on-going practice for me to remain vigilant about not initiating too many new projects simultaneously.

Clear Boundaries

Learning to say “no” consciously is not something I’ve ever been taught to do (wouldn’t it be wonderful if the education system actually included a few core life skills!).

To read the rest of the article
click here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , — Julia @ 10:56 am

IACCW Member Event: Creating Time to Write

September 28, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Marney Makridakis

For many writers, time is one of the biggest obstacles to fulfilling their potential. But what if you could mould, craft, and create time to be anything you would like it to be based on the understanding that time is in your hands?

Marney K. Makridakis teaches a pioneering approach to time that goes way beyond time management, and shows how to create time through enlightening ideas, creative perspectives and self-revealing projects to reshape the ways you view, and use, time.

In a dynamic conversation tailored specifically for writers, Marney will introduce her approach to time and explain the practical tools you need to create time for your writing and for enriching the whole spectrum of meaning and purpose in your life.

By the end you will understand:

  • Why traditional time management techniques often don’t work for writers
  • An alternative approach to integrate into our writing – and our whole lives
  • The main challenges that writers have with time
  • Creative, innovative approaches to address these challenges
  • How a new relationship with time can dramatically impact your writing and your life

Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at and

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:03 am

New FREE Live Video Class – Thursday 19 October

September 25, 2017

How to Find & Forge Your Authentic Path

Reconnect with your true self, access your inner wisdom and explore your deepest calling to live consciously and creatively in alignment with your soul.

Conscious & Creative Living is an approach that enables you to make conscious choices to live your life purpose in a way that resonates and reflects the real you; it feels joyful, vibrant and creatively alive!

This 60 minute live video class will guide you to find and forge your authentic path through discovering how to:

  • Apply the Conscious & Creative Living Triad: (i) Foundation (ii) Vision and (iii) Action.
  • Shift from conditioned to clear vision and transform your experience of life.
  • Let go of limiting beliefs and assumptions that keep you stuck in familiar grooves.
  • Identify what’s truly important so you know what your individual path includes.
  • Clarify how you want to live consciously and creatively in alignment with your soul.

To read more and register for your FREE place

click here

* Includes access to the video and audio recordings! *

Filed under: FREE Live Video Class — Julia @ 2:45 pm

What’s new this month?

September 12, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

I’m just surfacing from my recent silent retreat and soulful immersion in a consciously chosen creative pause.

The silence and space have enabled me to be fully present and experience the deep clarity and sharpened intuitive perception that is an unmistakable quality of presence.

I feel recharged in a way that reaches well beyond simply taking a break; and now I’m truly ready to engage joyfully in the next phase of the unfolding dream.

Conscious Living

It’s become clear to me from this “time out” that alongside my continued commitment to Conscious Writing, I feel increasingly drawn to sharing all that I’ve discovered about Conscious Living as a focus for teaching, mentoring, retreats… and more!

After all, the principles of becoming conscious that I’ve taught in relation to writing over the last few years are one and the same for creative self-expression in all areas of life.

Essence into Form

I do have some new ideas already about a threefold approach to Conscious Living although the exact forms that the essence of this content will take are still in the process of emerging.

However, I am clear that the shift in focus that has naturally been occurring in my mentoring work will lead to Conscious Living becoming an option for the Individually Guided Retreats I’ll be offering from November to January 2018. More details on all of that to come.

For now, as Mercury goes direct and the new energy of September starts to pour through, I’ll leave you with what I hope will be the inspiration to claim some degree of silence and space in your life, and ideally to spend that time in nature. Read more about that here.

New Email Address

Finally, please remember we have a new email address for all IACCW communications from now on. It is

Please update your “allowed” email list to include it so we don’t end up in your Junk folder (or retrieve us from there if we do!)

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 @ 11:49 am
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