I love speaking to groups and facilitating retreats (be they hours or days or a whole wondrous week) and interactive creative experiences.
When I speak and facilitate, I am committed to creating sanctuary for the people and stories in attendance—that means fun, productive, and sacred spaces.
Contact me with any questions or to book me for an upcoming event.
April 7 & 8, 2016
Frockalicous by Design
Story Watch Writing Retreat
John C. Wilson
Jen Violi has many talents, and they become immediately obvious when she enters a room. Her presentations are honest, direct, and come from the heart. As a guest panelist in my Seminar in Creative Writing & Publishing, she generously shared her experiences with my students and provided them much to chew on. In other contexts I’ve witnessed her ability to gently command an audience and intuit exactly what the participants need. She has substance, she has presence, and most importantly, she enlivens our shared humanity.
See Me in Action
In October 2015 I appeared on Women Speakers Association TV as one of their Featured Women Leaders.
Scott ShanksBanks, OR
Jen's workshop didn't just jump-start my writing; it jump-started me. Sitting in a room of strangers and opening up my writing, my emotional baggage, and my soul was not something that I was ready to do ... but Jen had such a profoundly welcoming intimacy around her that when I was with her I could not feel that I was with strangers. I felt safe enough to dare anything, and to go far beyond anything I had thought to dare before.
Sonja WeissenbacherVancouver, BC, Canada
I truly enjoyed Jen's workshop. It was way out of my comfort zone, I must admit; but really good for me. I realize that I am so focused on getting things done and don't allow myself the time to just dream and contemplate. Note to self: schedule dreaming and creative writing time!
Carole AndersonRetired Consultant – The Dalles, Oregon
Jen's retreat gave me the sacred quiet time I've yearned for—to create, to write, to dream. The uplifting group sessions, the beauty of the Oregon Coast, the deep intention for silence and spaciousness gave me the creative inspiration I needed to make real progress on my book all weekend.