Mothering Without a Map

La Leche League regional conference

Midwives Alliance of North American Annual Conference

Postpartum Support International Annual Conference

Parenting Day at Colorado State University

Parenting Place 20th Anniversary Celebration

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Denver chapter

Invisible Child Conference

Mothering Without a Map Workshop, various locations

Writing a Life: The Art and Craft of Memoir, various locations

Mothering Support Groups and Workshops

"Thank you for the mothers group! It was really helpful and served as a good springboard to helping me figure out some pieces of the puzzle."

"The [group] reset my thinking in a major area that has always impacted me."

"I still think so highly (and deeply) of the work I did with you last year. I feel like I have been reaping the benefits of it long after the group ended."
--Participants in the Mothering Without a Map Support Group

"Thanks for the wonderful workshop. It was evident how much the attendees learned from and were touched by the information you shared. The exercises you led provided an excellent framework for helping them reflect on their situations and move forward concretely."
--Mary Knott, Librarian, Highlands Ranch Library

"I liked Kathryn's emphasis on trying to get it right without beating ourselves over the head when we don't.....I think the workshop was reassuring because I see how difficult it can be to change these patterns, so it's not just me being weak in struggling with it. The fact that the group exists is a huge testament to that."

"Thank you for your wonderful insight. You really turned on a few light bulbs for me!"

"What drew me to the workshop was a desire to be the best mother I can be. I want to fully experience the joy of being a mother."
--Participants in Mothering Without a Map workshops

"This was an EXCELLENT seminar! Kathryn's a well organized presenter with invaluable information."
-- Participant in a memoir workshop

Kathryn Black, PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, CO. In addition to seeing individuals, couples, and families for psychotherapy, she leads workshops and support groups on mothering and writing.

She has taught writing through the University of Colorado School of Journalism and School of Continuing Education in Boulder, the New School University in New York City, and through such groups as the American Society of Journalists and Authors in New York City and the Colorado Authors League.

In her volunteer work she has led weekend workshops in San Francisco for divorced and widowed people, been a victim advocate for the Boulder Police Department and a leader of bereavement groups through Hospice of Boulder County.


With this workshop, I take daughters and mothers on a journey that begins with examining the importance of mothers in the lives of their children. We then look at what effects our own mothers had on us and how that has influenced our selves as women and mothers.

Each motherís journey and story is unique. With this workshop youíll explore your personal journey with your mother, yourself and your children.

Using a three-step process of looking back, looking inward and looking ahead, The Mothering Without a Map workshop leads the way toward understanding the experiences of women with both obvious and subtle obstacles to overcome.

For women in all ages and stages of mothering, this workshop is designed to help women enrich their mothering and strengthen their perceptions of themselves as women and mothers. It includes lecture, individual exercises and group discussion. All material is based on Black's book MOTHERING WITHOUT A MAP: The Search for the Good Mother Within. It's not necessary to have read the book to attend.

WRITING FROM YOUR LIFE: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Designed for people who are curious about beginning a memoir or who have already begun, this workshop answers the questions: What is a memoir? What do I need to know before beginning a memoir? How do I shape my idea? What makes a memoir marketable? How do I organize a book proposal? Lectures, individual writing exercises, small group and large group discussions make up the workshop.

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