This Week at JourneyWorks

Our Spring and Summer Calendar is out! Take a look!


P1020067Invitation: Help Develop a Performance

In the last few years, I have increasingly become aware of the needs of our Earth, and have found it often challenging to see how to respond. Of late, I have been interested in hearing stories of how people witness and experience nature. I have also been involved with a group (Save Open Space-Burlington)that is working toward preserving open space and encouraging thoughtful open dialogue around sharing the needs of development for humans, and taking away the homes of non human species.

I am organizing an interactive theatre piece around our emotional, spiritual and physical connections and relationships with Nature and the natural world. Continue reading

Calendar: Spring and Summer 2015

2008 pictures, switzerland and art 322Reiki Share

Thursday, April 16, June 18,6:30-9 pm

This is a wonderful way to share Reiki, both for Self and others, by giving and receiving Reiki from each other. Learn from others how they are using Reiki, and have a place to rest and be rejuvenated. Light refreshments will be offered. Feel free to invite other Reiki practitioners that you know! All levels of Reiki are invited.

Please let Jennie know you plan to attend.

$5.00 donation to cover cost of refreshments and utilities.


P1080685P1080688Reiki/Shamanic Healing Clinic

Thursday, April 23, June 25, 6-8:30 pm

This monthly clinic, open to the public, is staffed by Michael, Jennie and other practitioners of Reiki, or Shamanic healing. Sessions run from 15 minutes to a half-hour.  Practitioners may work individually or as a group, while the person requesting aid lies, fully clothed, on a massage table or sits in a chair. Clinic sessions may be used alone, or as preparation for more intensive work.

By Donation.

Appointments are necessary. To make an appointment call 860-6203 or e-mail

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Using Story to Nurture Beloved Places


Saturday, April 18 9:30-12:30

Led by Jennie and Michael

Today it seems the very existence of many beloved places is threatened. In this workshop we will share stories of the places we hold dear or sacred, and discuss some ways we might garner support for these places by sharing our stories with the wider world.

Fee: $25.00
Preregistration Required

Strong Beings


Thursday, April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Led by Michael

Shamanism and Narrative Therapy share the understanding that intrusive and disruptive feelings, addictions, many forms of violence, and other experiences that disrupt our lives may be understood to be power external entities or forces. These entities are perceived to be aware and calculating in their desire to maintain their influence in our lives. In this introductory workshop we will explore some of the ways these Strong Beings shape our lives, and some of the suggestions shamans and Narrative Therapists make for taking our lives back from them.
Led by Michael
Fee: By Donation. Preregistration Required

The Healers’ Refuge


Thursday, June 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Led By Michael

Being sensitive to suffering can be challenging, especially in difficult times. In this brief workshop participants will have the opportunity to connect to the web of comfort, teaching, and support created by generations of healers, and available to all people of good heart.

By Donation. Pre-registration Required. 


Advanced Reiki Training


June 6, 2015,  9:30-6pm

Led by Jennie

There are many avenues for offering Reiki. Dr. Usui, Dr. Chiriso Hayashi worked together to develop clear guidelines for utilizing Reiki, and Dr. Hayashi continued this work after Dr Usui crossed over.

In this one day training, we will explore specific techniques that Drs Usui and Hayashi used to complement, and further, their understanding of Reiki. Students in this training will learn to:
• Develop their intuition of where Reiki energy is needed
• Learn 3 techniques to work with empowering energy
• Learn 3 techniques for removing unnecessary or negative energies
• Examine the role of using crystals for healing
This training is applicable for Reiki II practitioners and may be applied toward receiving Master certification. Certificates of attendance will be given.

Fee: $95. Pre-registration is required.

Touch Drawing: Aligning Our Soul in Nature


Friday, June 19 10-4:30pm (lunch served)

Led by Jennie

In this workshop, we begin with a walk into Nature, then learn the art of touch drawing, a form of printmaking on tissue paper. Touch drawings are powerful in their simplicity, yet allow us to hold sacred our inner and outer landscapes. By creating a series of touch drawings we will work deeper and deeper into the process, exploring, together, our inner and outer worlds.  No artistic experience is necessary. All materials included.
Fee: $75.00. Preregistration Required.


Lighting the Path/Untangling the Obstacles: Exploring Spiritual Life & Practice Through Psychodrama, Playback Theatre, Art and Traditional Meditation



Lighting the Path/Untangling the Obstacles: Exploring Spiritual Life & Practice Through Psychodrama, Playback Theatre,  Art and Traditional Meditation

Saturday & Sunday June 13-14 10 am-5pm.
(Lunch served)

Held at:

Appletree Bay Medical Center
1205 North avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05408

Preregistration required. Fee: $150.00

(Scholarships are available)

For information and to register, Contact Jennie Kristel at or call: 802-860-6203

Led by Jennie Kristel and Herb Propper

In the midst of our busy daily life, we don’t often find time to nourish our spiritual life or practice. This workshop offers opportunities to examine how we can do that with more consistency and depth. Using the group role-playing methods of psychodrama, art  and Playback Theatre, we will examine ways to increase our motivation and reduce obstacles to creating a larger space for the spiritual in our life. Additional methods will include short meditations from the traditions of Zen mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhist (Vajrayana) enlightened deity practice.

DSC_0816 Herb Propper, Ph.D. T.E.P., is a certified trainer educator practitioner of psychodrama and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.  for 16 years he directed Celebrations of the Soul, a psychodrama center in Montpelier.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, Associate Member of the Bangladesh Clinical Psychology Society and lead trainer for the Indian Institute of Psychodrama.  Herb is currently a full-time resident of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Wappingers Falls, NY).


  Jennie Kristel, M.A., REAT, RMT , APTT, co-Director of JouneyWorks, is a  Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Artist, and Accredited Teacher of Playback Theatre. Jennie has taught The fundamentals and principles of expressive arts therapy both locally and in South Asia, particularly focusing in  India, Bangladesh and Hong Kong, and co-edited and authored Using art therapy in diverse populations:Crossing cultures and abilities(published in 2013, Jessica Kingsley Press)  as well as a chapter about Playback Theatre in Using the creative therapies for grief and loss, due out Fall 2015. With her strong background in Zen meditation, Jennie works to weave together her artistic voice to use as healer and activist.