Treasure Chest Legacy Workshop held at Riverside SDA Church

Event focuses on writing to record experiences for others

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Have you ever thought, “I really should write this down so that my children and grandchildren will know how it happened”?

That is exactly what the Treasure Chest Legacy Workshop helps you to do. In January, a workshop was held at the Riverside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washougal. During three brief writing sessions, participants wrote about how God has influenced their lives.

The purpose of the workshop is to help participants not only become aware of God’s direction in their lives, but to record their experiences for others–friends and family members–to benefit and learn from. The Treasure Chest Legacy Journal can then be refined and passed on to family and friends as the legacy of a personal faith journey.

The process of writing can be healing, securing one’s relationship with God. Because it is a testimony to God’s love, the journal may also attract new and struggling Christians.

The workshop at Riverside, entitled “A Spiritual Treasure Hunt: Writing Your Way into New Beginnings,” opened with taking a look at one’s personal past in the first writing session, “The Mirror.” The second and third sessions were entitled “Healing for Your Woundedness” and “A Cherished Gift.” All sessions were designed to lead the participants to an understanding of God’s healing power in their lives.

The Treasure Chest Legacy Workshop was conducted by Joanne Valiando, author of the Treasure Chest Legacy Journal, with Mary McIntosh and Kaarsten Furman as facilitators. Valiando is a pediatric nurse and writer who has conducted workshops in Beaverton, Ore., and California. She was also co-founder and president of Foothills Christian Writers in Auburn, Calif., and has written a monthly column for the Placer Herald in Rocklin, Calif., called “Faith and Family.” McIntosh is a creative writing instructor and Furman a social worker.

To learn more about presenting a workshop to a local organization, contact Valiando at