The Writer's Oasis is one of the best support structures I have ever invested in. Not least because it's *not* a programme, it's about learning to develop a strong loving self-compassionate relationship with myself. Every week there's a call to listen to with writing prompts, that allows me to sink down and truly recognise and acknowledge my own beautiful messy humanity, whilst also assembling a "human-size" plan - what Jen calls the "pots" - based on the reality of my own energy levels and bandwidth.
It helps me to complete projects as opposed to leaving them half done. The community is one of lively, interested, authentic women who are an inspiration. The time I spend every Sunday with the Writer's Oasis calibrates me for the coming week.
Freelance IT trainer | the-excel-expert.com
Until I joined the Writer’s Oasis, writing my first book was a lonely journey. While my friends and family were excited for me to become a published author,
I wasn’t connected with people who truly understood all the emotions that arise during the writing process. Jen masterfully provides a safe container to honor my scary emotions, yet she compassionately nudges me to get my sh*t done.
Author | ChristineRosas.com
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The Weekly Oasis
Every Friday I deliver a new audio retreat straight to your inbox – I use brain science, psychological research, ancient spiritual texts, embodied practices, great poetry, and my famous “trickster prompts” to help you:
Think of me as your personal creativity + life guide.
I facilitate a rich nurturing space for you to refuel and recalibrate. Because life is hard enough without having to do it all by yourself.
The Writer’s Oasis is not just for writers with a capital W. Not at all.
It’s for every person who wants a coach + guide in their pocket, encouraging and guiding you to live the life you most desire. If that includes writing, fantastic! If not, fantastic!
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At The Writer’s Oasis some of us write to know our own minds and desires and some of us want to write for others, to finish books or collections of stories and essays, to publish.
If you want writing craft and publishing help then you’ll love the 10 minute writing practices. I cover everything from helping you generate new work, structuring a memoir, writing for your coaching business, non-icky ways to grow your platform, crafting better metaphors, and lots more. I’ve been writing professionally for 28 years and teaching writing for 17 so I have lots to share! Every audio is easily searchable and downloadable for when you need it.
A topic not interest you? Skip it!
Once a month I invite an renowned expert to teach our community something useful and illuminating.
Past and future guests include story-coach Lisa Cron, Oprah contributor Susan Hyatt, small business expert Tara Gentile, Curvy Yoga creator Anna Guest-Jelley, creativity productivity expert Jessica Abel, Earth Medicine teacher Pixie Lighthorse, book coach Jennie Nash, art journaler Lisa Sonora and more to come. The classes are taught live on video and recorded for you to view any time you wish.
Whether it’s going behind the scenes with me as I write my new book, a Monday morning mini-video to set you up for your week, a Spotify writing playlist, a two-hour virtual writing retreat, or sharing how I reboot my day when things go south, you’ll often find yourself the recipient of an extra valuable delight. Partake of what appeals, delete the rest.
“In my experience, no one holds space more powerfully and tenderly than Jen Louden. That she can create this nourishing, caring space over a phone line is incredible. I joined the first Oasis at a time when I knew I needed a "container" for self-care. I was travelling frequently to take care of my ill father, who has since passed away. I needed a structure, a place, and support. I needed EXACTLY what Jen offered with the Oasis.
Spending time every week at the Oasis grounds me. I am totally, completely with myself, exactly as I am. And I am not alone. Feeling accompanied and supported by Jen brings me tremendous peace and comfort. Choosing to join the Oasis, for me, was not about accomplishing a goal or project. It was about choosing to make my self-care a priority.
I have grown in my self-awareness through the Oasis, and I have been supported through grieving the loss of my father and coping with a serious illness of another family member. I am so very, very grateful.”
Community Development Consultant
“A Sanctuary for the Creative Soul. You have created a beautiful space where we may gather to devote ourselves to creativity and supportive community."
“I like this, too, but I am actually not here for the "writer's" stuff. Esp. note craft (my time monster). It is the therapeutic writing prompts on the Friday call that keeps me here.”
Ren Katherine Powell
I walk with you on this wild and wonderful experience of creating more of what you want. I share my struggles, my hard won insights, and the tools that I use to keep creating. And the community companions you too.
You need outside help to dismantle the fears that lead you to procrastinate and hide because fear is so good at convincing you its right. We calm our nervous systems and look at our fears so you can be more bold and more self-compassionate - they go hand-in-hand.
Build Courage and Resilience
The secret to creating what you want is NOT talent or who you know or having a big bank account. The secret is knowing how to work with your mind and emotions. The secret is owning what you want. The secret is having smart honest loving support. The secret is knowing how to begin again when you get waylaid by life!
As a writer and author who has made her living by writing and teaching for 27 years, I know about the brass tacks of learning your craft, putting yourself out there, taking risks, and paying the bills - and I talk about all that stuff.
And I also know that what goes on in the inside can be the difference between creative depression and joyful creative expression. Between success that feeds you and dreams that drain you.
I will help you take care of the inside and the outside so you can become the creator you want to be - and keep creating consistently and with more joy. Amen!
Jennifer Louden has the clarity to see through the smoke screens we use to avoid the true challenges of our lives and our age, the courage to face those challenges herself, and the compassion to help us all face them with her – as a teacher, a guide and a friend. I’ve learned so much from Jen about the essential connection between creativity and change, between savoring and serving.
Jen is smart, wise, and truly an expert in not only storytelling, but in leading and guiding you through your own writer’s journey. She held the space and created a container for us to be open and honest and brave. I’m so grateful for her wisdom and skill at leading groups of people—she makes it seem easy (it’s so not!) and lets you step away from whatever life is beckoning you with to finally, for a moment, for a day, for a week: get to tell the stories that only you can tell.
Jennifer Louden possesses all the qualities I admire as a teacher and a writer. She is fearless about sharing both her wisdom and her vulnerability. She is smart as a whip and employs that intelligence in your service. She listens to her students and her readers with all her heart. Her intention is to serve, serve, serve. She is also incredibly fun to be around! Whenever I am on the receiving end of her work, I am left feeling stronger, kinder, and more fiercely committed to my own path.
How much is keeping your creative desires in a locked drawer costing you?
How much is putting everything else before your own creative work costing you?
How many people are missing out because you keep not daring to share your voice?
I’d love to help you create the life you want, week after week.
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“I heard about the Oasis at a time of major life change. I had recently retired and felt adrift. There was a desire to connect, to feel more alive and to explore my creative longings. The idea of checking in with myself weekly and doing some self-reflective journaling appealed to me, but was not something I wanted to do on my own. I felt the need for guidance and inspiration.
The Oasis experience was more than I had imagined and I found myself looking forward to our weekly check-ins. The power and support of the group, the depth of experience, inspiration, enthusiasm and permission that Jen brought was impressive and life-changing for me.
After experiencing the Oasis over a period of about a year, I feel stronger, more self-aware, more at peace; I notice that I am kinder to myself and others, and I feel hopeful about being able to create and feel more confident that I can contribute something authentic and meaningful to life, to my community. I am interested in so many things now, and I’m putting myself out there more often.
It really is hard to put into words, but my life feels deeper and richer. Before the Oasis, I felt like I had put myself into a small, restrictive box, and after the Oasis, I feel a sense of blossoming freedom and an openness to possibility. I feel more engaged with life and I’m learning to honor my desires and yearnings and allow them to guide me toward deeper fulfillment. What an adventure this has been, and more to come!”
Retired from fundraising for a non-profit hospital foundation
“I love the community aspect in a lot of the above suggestions; even if I don't make the most of the community I think knowing you are all out there is a good for the soul! The word that came up for me first was "space" - maybe because carving out space for me, my creativity, my passions, my desire is what I struggle with most at this point in life. So I loved the suggestion above as a 'sanctuary'!"
Supporter Care Manager at Prostate Cancer
“The Oasis is a haven for the soul. If you've always wanted a group of people to meet with on a regular basis who not only gets you, but helps you get yourself, the Oasis is for you. There is so much content to dive into: weekly calls from the inspirational leader/creator of the Oasis, Jen Louden, a monthly live video call with special guests who have their individual way of connecting us to ourselves, a Facebook page where the group can interact in supportive ways and weekly prompts for writing, reconnecting or just breathing. The Oasis is a chance to remember who you are and accept that, wherever you are. All material is available at our convenience, so you may partake some, all, go back to ideas that resonated, or go onward to hear something new. It's not just a writing group, it's a living group. If you are creative and need support for that crazy high wire walk we do to bring forth our work, the Oasis is your balance rod.”
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Joining The Writer's Oasis
Our nurturing home on the interwebs is called The Writer’s Oasis because I need to write to understand my life. To think. To make choices. To reconnect with what really matters.
So each week’s audio includes journaling prompts. Some people free write to the prompts, other “free talk” into their phone’s recording app, and others contemplate the prompts like a meditation and make a few notes.
It’s also called the Writer’s Oasis because I love to support writers of all genres. From novelists to copywriters to journalers. That’s why I create the 10 minute writing practices and insights audios. So if you think of yourself as writer with a capital W you will love these. If you don’t, consider them garnish on the main dish and ignore them. Unless you like parsley. Which gives you nice breath.
The main mission of my work is to support you in making more of what you want and do so more consistently and joyfully. If you want that, this place, this support, this love, is for totally for you.
Well, great! Because this is not a program. There is NO behind, no steps to take, no curriculum to master. Every week’s audio is a stand-alone experience. Tune in when you need support and refocusing.
Don’t need the audio this week? Super! Keep on creating!
Need extra help? We have an library of What To When to shift a bad mood, dispel creative anxiety, get you back to work. Grab one and do something productive and loving for yourself.
Love the upcoming month’s guest? Come live or watch later! Not interested? Skip it.
Love smart women? Ask questions and make friends in the super smart no advice community. Hate online forums? Skip it!
Every month take what you need - it’s all beautifully organized, and leave the rest. Because the point is to MAKE MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT! Not to be a good student.
It’s 100% up to you. The weekly audios and writing practices are downloadable so there is no behind! No rush!
Some members listen on their lunch hour or in bed Saturday morning with their coffee. Some members listen out on a walk or in the tub. Some members listen to just the parts of the weekly audio that appeal (we publish a time stamp and notes with each 30-45 minute audio).
Some members love the writing practices most or the monthly calls.
The Writer’s Oasis is designed to be super flexible, uber useful, and above all, to help you live the life you want, prioritize and get your writing done, all in the spirit of self-kindness and lightness!
I don’t want you to end up somewhere you don’t want to be - ugh. If you’re not sure if this is the right place for you, please listen to this free call. This is an example of the types of audio retreats I email to you every Friday morning and a perfect way for you to test out The Writer’s Oasis before you sign up.
We do not offer refunds however, you can cancel your monthly $29 subscription at any time and you won’t be billed for the following month.
No! You will never hear me say, “The Universe wanted me to…” Ha! I use science-based, well-researched practices, love precise and inspiring language, and share tools that are time-tested and work. That said, I’m an unabashedly wonder-struck gal so expect talk of gratitude, love, life living you, desire desiring you, I use lots of poetry, and I am totally goofy “wow, isn’t life amazing!” person and a complete optimist.
The Writer’s Oasis is mostly populated with women. However, it’s not exclusive to women – all genders and gender identifications are open-heartedly welcome. I believe that EVERYONE can benefit from what The Writer’s Oasis has to offer. Who doesn’t need more time to step back from the craziness of life and listen long enough to hear what your heart desires? That’s a human need. So yes, this is not a women’s-only writer’s club and you are more than welcome to join the belonging.
Please email my little team at firstname.lastname@example.org and put The Writer’s Oasis question in the subject line so we don’t miss it.
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“Curiosity is what brought me to the Oasis, and I stay for the recurring wave of self-compassion, care, and reflection. The permission to ask for what I need and want. The knowing that I am enough, and I can set what that Enough is (mega point here!)... Jen is full of awareness and authenticity as a creative and as a creator. She knows her genius and knows her faults. She trusts her creative thread and is on a wild mission to question it, squeeze it, twist it and milk it in new ways, like a toothpaste tube that is finished but never, really… She brings all the senses to the table, and always surprises with a detail or two as sharp and as focused as a needle. As a creative myself, I love seeing her inspiring process of constant renewal.”
Monicka Clio Sakki
Creativity Architect + Brand Strategist | monickacliosakki.com
"Every week, I join women all over the world in a virtual circle and tune into myself… nurture myself, support myself, better understand myself, and encourage myself in a safe and sacred shared space. From this I gleaned solace, peace, connection, and creative inspiration. Priceless!”
Life coach, retreat leader, and author
“Jen, it’s hard to put into words the benefit of working with you in the Oasis. There is a profound difference between the OHMYGODIHAVESO MUCHTODOIN SOLITTLETIME approach from last year and the experience I just had with my work in Nepal – we completed the biggest art order we have ever had, launched our sanitary pad industry, trialed several new jewelry designs, learned a heap of new techniques, meditated together, and did our regular polymer stuff! Yet is all felt so easy and natural and flowing! Even in the run up to this trip, I noticed I was more calm.
The weekly Oasis sessions helped me to establish a Sunday night Thinking about the Week ahead that is a whole lot more nourishing and choice empowering than making a To-Do list. The chance to tap into my desires for the week ahead, the experiences I wanted or needed, the flavours – it was amazing!”
Artist, activist, creativity evangelist, and world traveler
“The weekly question of ‘What one step can I take?’ that Jen offers at the end of each call has been a life-changer! It has truly helped me move toward creating the life that I want. I have gotten so much more accomplished using this tool – both in jobs that needed doing, but also in putting self-care into my weekly planning. My new mantra is ‘Just one small step.’
I looked forward to our Friday morning ‘gatherings’ – I grabbed my journal, often lit a candle, and closed the door. I did not feel resistance to showing up for the calls. That said, I had plenty of resistance to following through with the things I was learning! Taking time for my self-care has been the biggest challenge. Again, Jen’s modeling, her honesty and authenticity helped me recognize my resistance AND remind myself that I could return ‘home to myself’ again and again…and again. The more I have practiced this, the easier it’s gotten.
The check-ins with Jen and the community take me further than I could go on my own. I will be forever grateful!”
Former Head of School, Bainbridge Island
"One of the things I love about The Writer’s Oasis is the flexibility. Over the years, I’ve considered joining this or that workshop or writing intensive or program – and on occasion, I have. But periods of intense writing and sharing, followed by a complete drop-off in community after the end of the program, has not worked for me.
The Writer’s Oasis provides me with some consistency – not just in my work and my writing, but in all areas of life… What surprises me most about The Writer’s Oasis, are what comes through my pen from the writing prompts Jen gives us that seem WAY out there. I may not always understand her prompts, but they let me needle deep into my soul sometimes, to tease out something I’ve been tossing around in my subconscious.
As an academic, and a scientist, I always have a tendency to want to be hyper-organized and ultra-orderly. But life is chaos abound! The Writer’s Oasis prompts me to spend time each week with what IS, and I’ve noticed my tolerance for chaos and loose-ends has risen.”
Climate scientist, educator, and writer
“I love the Oasis for its poetry, prompts, and wisdom, the weekly checking in and reminders to take care of my hungers and desires, which I am prone to tend to after everything else (which often means not at all).”
Speaker and activist | AngelaKelsey.com
“I like being part of The Writer’s Oasis. I love being reminded to check in with myself, the delicious poetry Jen shares, being part of thoughtful women seekers, and being reminded to always begin again. I had been stuck for a long time.
The Writer’s Oasis helps me figure out what I really want and how to inch there. I'm grateful. It's a bit like weekly hugs between good friends, as well as modeling for me how to be a good friend to myself too.”
“I usually call it an Online Community. Actually, I blogged about it and here's what I said: One of the best investments I ever made was to join Jennifer Louden's online community, The Writer's Oasis. It's a website full of resources for writers, both on the craft and practice of writing.”
Meg Denges Faulkner
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