Black Holes Birthing Stars Series

Spring Creative Writing Course from March 25-May 27, 2024

8 Online Transformative Writing Sessions from March 25 - May 27, 2024

“Powerful, illuminating, and deeply transformative, Mimi’s work expands beyond the realm of oracular wisdom. Through her own unique lens, she shares a wealth of accessible and practical doorways through which we can learn to unlock even more forms of sacred living, as we are guided to connect with the beautiful mysteries of the unseen.”

⁠— Danielle Noel of Moon Child Tarot

Write Who You Are Becoming into Being

We’re evolving into new versions of ourselves, yet the familiar often keeps us stagnant, avoiding change. Embracing the Unknown and vulnerability is where our humanity shines. As intuitives, healers, or creatives, do we also tend to ‘stay safe’ or chained to the familiar, or rely on our past identities to avoid re-creating and redefining our life’s most current becomingness? Are we willing to spill over our current form, and see our fear of the Unknown as fuel for growth and affirmation of life?

Black Holes Birthing Stars Series invites each of us to approach renewal and creativity with willingness and openness as we harness the Spring season’s Wood Element. Relating with the animated word, these allies welcome us to make kin and ritualize the themes of change, emergence, the release of duality, courage, and the imaginal. Reconnect with your artistry, through written and spoken word, and reclaim the freedom to relate with the tangible and intangible, shaping our narratives, and leaning into intuition to chart new paths.

BLACK HOLES
BIRTHING STARS is
TAOIST-Rooted CREATIVE WRITING

How does Taoism impact the world today?


Opposites, like the poles of the Earth, aren’t adversaries; they coexist, naturally providing the necessary magnetism for our planet’s function. In Taoist philosophy, this duality isn’t about opposition but about how different elements support the entirety.

It’s a different perspective from the Western notion of opposition; in Taoism, it’s about acknowledging differences while contributing to the collective whole. Each part, though distinct, is essential for the existence of the other—a beautiful and symbiotic relationship. The Western mindset often gravitates towards creating adversaries, constructing a dichotomy where one side is exalted and the other vilified—a narrative that elevates one’s standing by belittling the other. Or put it another way, it’s a mechanism to self-justify the horrors of extractive mechanisms. It’s a distortion, reflecting exceptionalism and colonist thinking, and a refusal to acknowledge the interdependence of all elements.

This understanding challenges the need to manufacture enemies, inviting a shift from adversarial constructs toward a more integrated worldview, much like how the North and South Poles are opposites, but not in opposition. The light of the Yang and the shade of the Yin offer a magnetism that allows Earth to be Earth. Lore suggests that Yin was once used to refer to the shady side of a mountain, and Yang to the sunny side of the same mountain. It’s either co-existing or no one exists at all.

This view of conflict-based duality will only produce more conflict. Part of this creative writing series is to re-imagine what polarity could look like without cancelling the other, and in fact, suspending the view of ‘other’, and bringing them home as kin.

In this way, Taoist philosophy has real-world impact. Yin Yan principles lay down necessary foundations for decolonized perspectives, and return to diversity in a fuller sense, where each has a role within the whole.

Black Holes Birthing Stars creative writing series will be exploring these notions in how we think, how we imagine, how we show up as human beings, and more importantly, as human becomings.

AREAS OF EXPLORATION
in this creative writing series

Locating Our Black Holes

  • Our Source, Our Yin
  • We Are All Fools
  • The Imaginal > Imaginative
  • Acceptance

Black Holes Humming

  • The Role of Thunder
  • Disruption as Creativity
  • Permission to Change
  • Elements that Support the Wood Element


Black Holes Gestating

  • A Way of Being
  • Parameters + Discipline as Pleasure
  • What Are Good Ideas
  • The Role of Filters
  • Closing the Loop?


Black Holes Blooming

  • Channeling Creative Voices
  • Body as Land, Body as Words
  • Writing Your New Container


Black Holes Leaking Light

  • Words As Constellation
  • Intuitive Mapping
  • Sovereignty in the Unfamiliar


Glimmers of Stars

  • Trying All
  • Creativity is not Productivity
  • Creativity as Fruitfulness
  • Non-Competition, Non-Adversary


Stars Shining

  • Elements that Deplete the Wood Element
  • Time and Spaciousness
  • Guarding Your Energy
  • Witnessing + Celebrating

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

The Black Holes Birthing Stars Series dispels the status quo and the stagnant, up-ends your ‘givens’, offering tools for vitalizing your present, empowering writing techniques, potent esoteric practices, and dynamic collaboration with intuition and Mystery grounded in daily life. It challenges the notion of resting on past laurels, the reliance on ‘how it’s always been done’, or ceaselessly producing without honoring our genuine, creative voices.

INVESTMENT

This live-stream creative writing series contains 8 parts of 2 hours each, totalling 16 hours in space holding, insights, and writing prompts.

  • Sliding Scale*: $398 – 625 USD 
    Pricing is per person. If you’re anticipating the company of a friend for this series, kindly ask them to support this small business by registering as well.

    A sliding scale refers to a flexible pricing model where fees vary based on an individual’s financial situation and degrees of systemic privilege. This approach aims to make services more accessible while acknowledging how finances are impacted by the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, neurodivergence, disabilities and more.
  • Folks enrolled by February 12, 2024 receive $70 OFF – enter code STARS
  • Enroll with a friend and attend Mystery of the Wood Element: Spring Equinox for free! (email to inquire)
  • By-donation for Homing Coven mates (email me to arrange!)


Note for Canadian IP addresses, tuition will convert to CAD.
GST is applicable for all transactions.

FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY

In addition to this sliding scale offering, Partial Scholarships are available in limited amounts, with priority given to folks who are Black, Indigenous, of Colour, queer, trans, non-binary, folks who are neuro-divergent, have disabilities (different abilities), or are single parents in need of support. Please email Mimi at info@shopceremonie.com to inquire. You will not be asked to present proof of hardship.

DATES

This workshop series will be held once a week over the course of 8 weeks spanning March – May 2024 on Mondays from 5-7PM PST. Live Zoom attendance is encouraged, though recordings are also available.

The specific dates are:

Monday, March 25, 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024

Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday, April 15, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Monday, April 29, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday, May 27, 2024

WELCOME

Mimi Young, in a vermillion coloured patchwork dress, smiles softly

WELCOME

Meet Your Facilitator

Hello, my name is Mimi Young, a Taiwanese Canadian Wu animist spirit medium, writer, and Ceremonie’s founder. My diverse background spans design, education, and communications, all converging into Taoist-rooted approach to human and more-than-human connections. I have worked collaboratively with brands including goop, Almost 30, Salem Witchcraft Festival, Spirit House Collective, and Tokyo Smoke, among others.

I’m here to share occultic wisdom, helping you reconnect with the Unseen, tap into spirit support, break patterns, and embrace your unique path confidently.

Writing is my conduit for various forms of magick—be it inner healing, materializing dreams, shedding old identities, or navigating parenthood. My emotive and coherent writing captures the Unseen, such as through my book of poetry, A Tea Stronger Than Death, a limited second-print artist collection of poems and tea cyanotypes.

Find my written works on Substack, IG, and across hospitality, wellness, music, and DEI realms. Those I’ve worked with describe me as welcoming, deepening, integrous, and transformative.

I can’t wait to walk with you,

Mimi

Learn more about WORKING WITH ME HERE.

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