Intensive Journal® Two-Part Program


is the Intensive Journal® program?

Intensive Journal is a nationally-recognized program that was developed in 1966 by Dr. Ira Progoff to help people experience a life-changing process that gives them greater direction, vitality, and purpose. Since then, it has helped 175,000 people lead more fulfilling lives.

The Intensive Journal method uses an integrated system of writing exercise to help you discover new ways to improve your personal relationships, self-esteem, decision-making skills, career, health and wellness, creativity — and much more.

Rev. Meredith Bell, the leader for our workshop, is the director of the UCF Wesley Foundation for Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. She has served as Pastor for Women’s Ministry at White’s Chapel UMC and as a youth pastor at Dallas UMC and Graham UMC. Meredith was a hospital chaplain for five years in the Texas Health Resources System Services.

The program is divided into two important parts: Life Context and Depth Contact. Part 1 will be held on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, 2016. Part 2 will be on Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13, 2016. Here are the details:

Intensive Journal Program_HSIntensive Journal® Two-Part Program

Fridays | 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturdays | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
$145 each or $280 for both parts | Registration required
Led by Rev. Meredith Bell | Wesley Hall

Part 1: Life Context — Gaining a Perspective on Life

January 29 – 30, 2016

Learn how to use the Intensive Journal method through a direct experience in your own life to:

  • Gain a perspective on your life: Develop awareness as you explore prior events, memories, and feelings. This will help you realize possibilities and interests.
  • Gain insights about major areas of your life:
    • Relationships with other people
    • Career and special interests
    • Body and health

Part 2: Depth Contact — Symbolic Images and Meaning in Life

February 12 – 13, 2016
Prerequisite: Life Context (Part 1)

Continue your journal work, focusing on the second part of the Intensive Journal workbook:

  • Dreams and images: Learn Dr. Progoff’s unique method to develop your symbolic experiences.
  • Meaning in life: Learn specific ways of working to develop a more meaningful life.
    • Clarify priorities and ultimate concerns.
    • Deepen your connection to important areas.

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the Intensive Journal® Program may be right for you

The Intensive Journal Program opens the door to all kinds of new resources and possibilities. Here are the top seven reasons to attend:

 1. Find yourself.

When you focus on your own interests, values, and priorities, it will help you lead a fuller life.

2. See the big picture.

Gain awareness, perspectives, and insights when it comes to specific issues in your life so they will be easier for you to manage.

3. Dig deep inside.

Use personal reflection to embrace your inner self.

4. Spark your creativity.

Explore your creative side to discover valuable talents and interests.

5. Live and learn.

Realize your own approach for using the method in your life journey.

6. Get in the spirit.

Search your heart for your spiritual beliefs to reach meaning and purpose.

7. Grow your career.

If you are in counseling, employee assistance, nursing, or social work, you can obtain continuing education credits toward professional development.

Paul Bodley, FUMCFW Member and Staff Parish Relations Committee Lay Leader, had such a positive experience with the process that he decided to bring the workshop to our church. Paul said he believes the workshop will benefit anyone at any stage of life. “When I signed up for the Intensive Journal® Workshop led by Wally Chappell, I had no idea that a life-changing experience was about to take place,” he declared. “This is so much more than a class about journaling. It is about finding the insight and wisdom that lives (sometimes unknowingly) within us — and using a process to understand the flow of my life and where it might be taking me. Using what I’ve learned in the workshop has helped me work out issues, take action on my ideas, and enhance my relationship with God.”

Our own Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster has benefited from the program as well. Although Dr. Bruster had used a journal periodically before, he said the method opened up new ways of thinking through issues and events. He and his wife, Susan, had recently suffered loss and illness in their families when they attended the workshop, so the timing was just right. “The Progoff™ method was immensely helpful to us,” Dr. Bruster recalled. “But, more than helping us with that time in our lives, it has continued to be a powerful way that is so much more than simply a diary of our activities. Perhaps we overuse the term ‘life-changing,’ but as I think about my experience, the term certainly fits.”

Everyone has their own reasons to seek change in their lives. Use the Intensive Journal Program to help you reach your goals along the way. Click here for more details.


to get started with this transformative work

The Intensive Journal® Program through FUMCFW is a two-part series. Part 1: Life Context is on January 29 – 30, 2016, and Part 2: Depth Contact is on February 12 – 13, 2016. Each part of the program takes place on Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 pm; and on Saturday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Registration is required for both parts, and you must complete Part 1 in order to participate in Part 2. Each part of the program costs $145 ($290 total). Or if you sign up now, you will save $10 and pay $280 total for both parts. Simply fill out your first and last name, phone number, and e-mail address to register. Then, select the payment option of your choice (Part 1, Part 2, or both). You also have the opportunity to hold your place with a $50 deposit and pay the remaining balance at the door. However, please don’t let the cost of this program be a barrier; some scholarships are available. Student discounts may also apply, and professional continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact Melinda Smoot ( at 817/339-5087.

Register now at to secure your spot, and then save the date to start 2016 off right with the Intensive Journal Program.


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