Find Your Longing
Create Your Way Home
full of longing for a home you've never known.
Here, we explore ideas of identity, wellness, and beLonging through creativity & self-inquiry.
It is a normal human experience to struggle, question, rage, laugh & long for peace - an internal home - that feels elusive & just out of reach. Has anyone taken your hand & led you into this space of emotional paradox? Have you ever been allowed to be exactly how you need to be while also seeking something...more? Better? Different?
Through various creative mediums, Hiraethlon offers a journey toward resiliency, acceptance & quite possibly a home never before imagined - or imagined, but never thought possible.
Welcome - let this be your first stop toward home.
I am a published poet & writer, Poetry Therapy Practitioner-IT & Peer Support Specialist working in the mental health field. I combine emotional self-inquiry with creative writing & offer The Nest: a new kind of creative community & one branch of what Hiraethlon offers. Financial circumstances should not be a barrier to access these offerings so if you would benefit from a free scholarship, please note the specific coupon codes for each class or workshop. If you are in a time of financial abundance and wish to donate toward making scholarships possible, please email me for details.
The Nest holds:
Virtual & in-person nurturing spaces for supported, brave & creative exploration
Group & one-on-one guidance, wisdom & encouragement using creative writing & emotional self-inquiry to imagine & shape your idea of wholeness
Opportunities to go deeper with your writing & emotional exploration with nonjudgmental & encouraging companionship
The I'm Okay Collective
The I'm Okay Collective is a space to reimagine & redefine the way we look at mental health. Together, we build a community by creating:
A chorus of voices speaking our Okayness amidst whatever emotions we navigate.
A sanctuary to express feelings & with brave curiosity, challenge the clinical & mainstream models we've been given throughout our lives.
A place to reframe what society has deemed "mentally ill" or "sick" & view these words as opportunities to investigate our human experience.
A way to redefine & reclaim this emotional landscape from a place of informed choice.
The I'm Okay Collective is a wonderful companion to The Nest where creative writing is combined with this emotional wellness initiative.
Readings & Public Events
Are you looking for a professional writer and/or emotional health advocate to speak or present at an event? Are you looking for a dynamic & engaging poet? I attend virtual & in-person readings & events to read my poetry, speak on peer support & mental health, publishing & and how creative writing & self-compassion are primary modalities for a wholehearted & meaningful life.
What we value
Choice: we can define who we are & who we become
Compassion: we are imperfect beings doing the best with what we have & know
Mystery: the human experience is an emotional paradox
Meet Lisa Marie
Hello! My name is Lisa Marie. I have carefully & lovingly prepared this space for you. You are most welcome here.
Hiraethlon was born out of my own feelings of lostness, depression & feeling like an "other" in a world that seemed to make sense to everyone but me - until I expanded my vision (and career) to include peer support, poetry therapy & a variety of healing modalities.
I learned that home is not just a location but a mentality, feeling & journey - possibly a longing never fully quenched.
I hope to show & share how a world-weary, not-knowing journey is a perfect starting point in your search for beLonging & home.
Visit my about page for a more detailed story of how & why I am here.
"And in my travels, when I see a hill dotted with sheep or a staff lying among chestnut leaves, I am moved by a sense of longing to be again what I was not."
Patti Smith, Woolgathering