Hosting Small Group Sessions

I enjoy hosting group book discussions where we can harvest secret messages together. This is my sign-up page for current offerings.

Sign-ups for 2022 Sessions are open!

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern - 12 months
Begins January 8, 2022
2nd Saturday of the month from 3 PM - 5 PM Central


The Imaginary World of _______, Keri Smith - 12 months
Begins January 22, 2022
Last Saturday of the month from 3 PM - 5 PM Central

If the time is available to you, I HIGHLY recommend taking both sessions. This will give you two sessions of group work/play each month! You can even stagger your sign-ups, so that the money will be taken out of your account at two different times of month. 

I hand-picked these two books to pair well with each other, creating a dynamic year for any Creative. I personally see the correlation in the two books, as they are both about creating worlds. I see The Night Circus as inspiring us and setting the tone for wonder, curiosity and enchantment, and The Imaginary World of as our practical magic, a chance to create with the energy the fiction stirs in us.

I expect these two books will flow in and out of each other quite well. I might even go so far as going out on a limb and saying, The Imaginary World of IS the workbook for The Night Circus. Crazy talk you say? Well that remains to be seen. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what magic we can make by combining these two books into a new recipe. I know the Universe is bringing just the right mixture of playful people together for this adventure. 

The NIGHT CIRCUS - A Year Long Book Session

This session might be for you if:
You enjoy magic and enchantment.
You want a slower pace. 
You want a shift in your energy.
You want to play. 
You are a creator or are feeling led to think creatively.
You've been taking yourself too seriously.
You love the feel of the circus.
You like The Greatest Showman.
You are interested in creating your own world.
You need some fiction in your life.

 

I am hosting a 12-month Zoom Session to read and discuss the book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This session will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 3 PM - 5 PM Central. The Zoom sessions will NOT be recorded. The book is not included in the price. You will need to get a copy of the book on your own. 

 

The cost is $25 per month. Your payment will renew automatically each month and end automatically after 12 months. Click the blue button above to sign up and secure your spot. 

For Patreon supporters the cost is $20. Your payment will renew automatically each month and end automatically after 12 months. Click the blue button to sign up and secure your spot. 

It is okay if you can't make it every month, but I recommend making a commitment to being at a majority as this allows for a richer group experience for everyone. The days and discussion topics are as follows. Reading assignments are around 30 pages a month.:


2nd SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH 3 PM - 5 PM Central

January 8, 2021: Discuss Anticipation - Le Bateleur

February 12, 2021: Discuss False Pretenses - Horology

March 12, 2021: Discuss Auditory - Opening Night III: Smoke and Mirrors

April 9, 2021: Discuss The Hanged Man - Atmosphere

May 14, 2021: Discuss Reveurs - Cartomancy

June 11, 2021: Discuss The Wizard in the Tree - Ailuromancy

July 9, 2021: Discuss Tete-a-Tete - Bedtime Stories

August 13, 2021: Discuss Bookkeeping - Intersections I: The Drop of a Hat

September 10, 2021: Discuss Darkest Before the Dawn - Beautiful Pain

October 8, 2021: Discuss Technicalities - Precognition

November 12: Discuss Pursuit - The Second Lighting of the Bonfire

December 10: Discuss Part V Divination - THE END

 

If your preferred email is different than what you use to checkout, please email me your preferred email address. mandy.steward@gmail.com

 

This is the email I will use to send you the Zoom link. The Zoom Discussions will NOT be recorded. 

The Imaginary World Of _______ - A Year Long Book Session

This session might be for you if:
You enjoy using your imagination and are self-motivated. 
You need the synchronicity, inspiration & collaboration of flowing with a group of people. 
You are feeling a shift in your creative work and want to explore possibilities.
You want to play at a unhurried pace. 
You are an artist who loves experimenting with ALL the mediums.
You've been taking yourself too seriously.
You are bored or fed up with reality.
You are re-connecting to your childlike self.
You are interested in creating your own world.
You are into the process more than the end product.

 

I am hosting a 12-month Zoom Session to workshop and discuss the book The Imaginary World of _______ by Keri Smith. This session will be held on the last Saturday of the month from 3 PM - 5 PM Central. The Zoom sessions will NOT be recorded. The book is not included in the price. You will need to get a copy of the book on your own. 

 

The cost is $25 per month. Your payment will renew automatically each month and end automatically after 12 months. Click the blue button above to sign up and secure your spot. 

For Patreon supporters the cost is $20. Your payment will renew automatically each month and end automatically after 12 months. Click the blue button to sign up and secure your spot. 

It is okay if you can't make it every month, but I recommend making a commitment to being at a majority as this allows for a richer group experience for everyone. The days and discussion topics are as follows. This book is full of experiments and creative prompts and lends itself to a more open flowing approach. For this reason, reading assignments will not be given at the outset, so that each participant can hone in on what most interests them. Our zoom sessions will be sharing our experiments and findings, supporting one another, offering suggestions and brainstorming where to take our work next.


LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH 3 PM - 5 PM Central

January 29, 2021: Discuss Progress

February 26, 2021: Discuss Progress

March 26, 2021: Discuss Progress

April 30, 2021: Discuss Progress

May 28, 2021: Discuss Progress

June 25, 2021: Discuss Progress

July 30, 2021: Discuss Progress

August 27, 2021: Discuss Progress

September 24, 2021: Discuss Progress

October 29, 2021: Discuss Progress

November 26: Discuss Progress

December 31: Discuss Progress

 

If your preferred email is different than what you use to checkout, please email me your preferred email address. mandy.steward@gmail.com

 

This is the email I will use to send you the Zoom link. The Zoom Discussions will NOT be recorded. 

Currently In Session (Sign-ups closed. Sessions full):
Sing Me The Creation, Paul Matthews
The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp

Past Sessions:
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Artist's Rule, Christine Valters Paintner 
Women Who Run With the Wolves

Wreck This Journal, Keri Smith
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

Testimonials

"Most artsy fun I've had in a while...I am full of gratitude for the inspiration & creativity this group shared. I hope our paths cross again! 

— Sarah
“Thank you Mandy for the discussion, it was a magical way to start the day. My heart feels expanded, my imagination awakened. I want to spend the day veiled in story.”

— Cora
“Thank you again for continuing the book discussion. It has meant more to me lately. This group is very therapeutic for me, so thanks again.”

— William
"Thank you, Mandy, for leading us so creatively, with grace & compassion. You created such a safe space for all of us to freely share & I am so grateful for that.

This was a powerful experience for me & I am thrilled I got to share it with such beautiful, like-minded souls!!"

— Patricia
“It's been a lean reading year so I didn't have many to choose from. This is the standout. I usually re-read this book each year ( it is definitely in the category of This Book Changed my Life)

It has so many life lessons beyond just writing. So many lessons that apply to a creative life in general. This year I had the honor of reading it with @secretmessagesociety which made it all the more magical.”

— Cynthia
“Thanks for hosting The Artist's Way gathering. It sure was fun and productive. You've got such a great spirit and generous way of inviting others to be their best selves. Thank you for your presence and how you put yourself out in the world.”

— Debra
"This group has been so timely for me as I am rewriting my artist statement. You all are really helping me put the things I am passionate about into words. 

I have enjoyed it so much. Mandy, I do hope you have another Monday book club with a book in a similar / same vein. I love our conversations." 


— Heidi
"Please know what a comfort and value your creative offerings are. 

I have so much clarity and peace today. Over and over your secret messages offer insight and direction." 
— Teresa
“I was so deeply moved by our meeting yesterday, moved, inspired, awe-struck, all the other deeper etc's”

— Julie
Secret Message Society