Restore and Re-story!
Wake up to living with creativity,
wisdom, and renewed intuition.

Workshops & Retreats

Gift yourself with time away! Easily learn to meditate and develop a mindfulness practice with our Just This Day programming. Enrich and empower your writing in the Wake Up! Mindful Writing offerings.


Deepen your skills and cultivate life-long habits in Just This Day and Wake Up classes designed to provide ongoing instruction and support.

Coffee Musings 

Getting Started

The stumbling block is often the desire to produce a product instead of simply play. We already picture ourselves published or meditating comfortably on a mountain top!

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Engaging with Curiosity

Curiosity is my word for the year, and in this first week of January I’ve been mainly interested in the subject of engagement. Or, I should say, curious about the subject of engagement.

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Happenings at Wake Up the Writer Within

New Programs at UWM at Waukesha!

Creative Writer’s Workshop
4 Mondays March 4 to April 1 
4:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Explore and write nonfiction, fiction, or poetry for your own enjoyment, to share with family, or for publication.  For additional description and registration info, go to: 

 Writing Your Spiritual Journey

4 Mondays March 4 to Apr. 1 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm             Join in community to honor and explore your connection to the sacred and to the self. Engage in guided written exercises and learn how well-known spiritual writers sustain their practice and create successful narratives.  Class writing is considered private. For additional description and registration info, go to:

Personalized Mindfulness and Writing Coaching

Contact Joanne at for registration information. 


Meet Joanne Nelson

Joanne Nelson’s Wake Up! Mindful Writing programs and Just This Day Meditation offerings allow participants to engage and awaken their creative and intuitive best selves while learning to restore and re-story.