Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Your Own Tea House Practice

Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Your Own Tea House Practice

Your Own Tea House Practice uses elements from a traditional Japanese Garden to guide and support you in the creation of your own journaling ritual and ceremony.  This inspiring guided journaling tool was created by writer and poet, Mary Ann Moore.  Begin Your Own Tea House Practice and delight in this writing ritual.

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Journaling as a Spiritual Practice, created by Mary Ann Moore, uses elements from a traditional Japanese Garden to guide and support you in Your Own Tea House Practice. The ceremony begins on the pathway to the teahouse when you schedule time for yourself, through the salutation gateway when you sit down at a table to begin, and through all the contemplative elements of the Japanese Garden. All the inspirational steps, prompts and questions will help to begin and sustain your own writing ceremony that you may come to know as Your Own Tea House Practice, or perhaps there will be another name you give to this soul-nurturing practice that is your very own.

Begin Your Own Tea House Practice now to be nourished and inspired through this journaling as a spiritual practice tool.

Mary Ann Moore

Mary Ann Moore brings her passion for poetry and for writing as a spiritual and wellness practice to the Writing Life Circles she offers in Nanaimo, British Columbia and beyond. As a poet, writer, writing mentor and circle leader, she has twenty years of experience writing in community and finds great delight in seeing people awaken their creative potential. She offers a nine-month mentoring program, by distance, called Writing Home: A Whole Life Practice. Mary Ann’s poetry, fiction and personal essays have appeared in chapbooks; literary journals including Prairie Fire, Carousel, Room, Freefall and Vallum; anthologies including Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast; and on CD: When My Heart is Open. Her book reviews and travel pieces have appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Vitality magazine, More Living magazine and at A full-length book of her poems, Fishing for Mermaids, was published by Leaf Press in 2014. Mary Ann writes a blog at

"I use this format [The Tea House Practice] every time I sit down to work.
It makes all the difference. When I use this ritual I am able to close down the inner critic
and shut out distractions and get to deeper levels of concentration . . . I have found it to be invaluable."
Marlene Dean

"Like a quiet walk along a woodland stream, Journaling As a Spiritual Practice creates a space of inner sanctuary. Following MaryAnn’s prompts, I left my journaling session grounded, refreshed, and connected to my deeper writing desires. A wonderfully meditative tool, the tea house imagery transformed my inner writing space and inspired reflection. The use of music, candle and sage, and the careful consideration of personal mementos, gave shape to my writer’s experience. I was encouraged to search for new music and to clear some of the clutter from both my physical writing room and from my inner writer’s world. I will revisit this practice often." Mj Burrows 


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