United States

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Anne Middleton

Your Life Tales
anne.middleton@me.com
www.yourlifetales.com
858-229-2140

Currently teaching GAB classes in private homes in San Diego (winter/spring) and North Lake Tahoe (summer/fall)

 

Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D.

Flora Brown Associates, Southern California
5753-G Santa Ana Canyon Rd., #360
Anaheim, CA 92807
flora@florabrown.com
florabrown@gmail.com
714-401-2261
Facebook.com/coloryourlifehappy | www.FloraBrown.com | www.Coloryourlifehappy.com
www.Coloryourlifepublished.com

In addition to local basic GAB workshops, I’m adding workshops on variations such as writing a letter of appreciation, writing a holiday letter, etc.  I’ll soon be launching an online GAB class so geography won’t be a barrier for eager participants.

 

Patricia Hamilton

Keepers of Our Culture, Park Place Publications
publishingbiz@sbcglobal.net
keepersofourculture@gmail.com
parkplacepublications.com
keepersofourculture.com
831.649.6640

I am currently teaching GAB classes through the Pacific Grove Library. My company offers personal coaching, professional editing, book design and layout, publishing and printing, marketing materials and social media blog/website set-up. I provide a free consultation to discuss your project: what you have, what you want, and how we get there: who does what, what it will cost and how long it will take. I have published over 100 books since 1983. I love my work!
 

Jamila Rufaro Ph.D.

Palo Alto, California (San Francisco/San Jose/Bay Area)
jamilarufaro@gmail.com
www.jamilarufaro.com

Special interest in issues of culture and diversity

 

Patricia Bronzo

Newport Beach, CA
Patricia.bronzo@gmail.com

 

Micki Sauer

Los Angeles, California
mickisauer@aol.com
310 613-6425

Starting a class January 2017
I run small groups out of my home or one of the student’s homes limited to 4-6 people. I’m open to someone gathering together people and I will come to your home, with a reduced fee for the host/coordinator.

 

Bonnie Bernell

Treasures That Matter
San Francisco Bay Area
BLBernell@gmail.com
650-941-9000
BonnieBernell.com

Having given 50+ GAB workshops, many of them one day experiences, for men and women, and as a long time clinical psychologist, what I offer are themes with a psychological focus. They are therapeutic although not therapy. Many people come multiple times because each workshop is distinct. Participating gives you a chance to be part of a community, enhance your well being, create a legacy, and stimulate your brain. Please join us!

 

Melanie Vetter

Wellfleet Circle
San Francisco Bay Area
www.wellfleetcircle.com
Melanie@wellfleetcircle.com
415-608-6508

I teach Guided Autobiography both in public classes and private groups. I also teach legacy writing and practices such as memoir, legacy letters (ethical wills), intergenerational philanthropy plans and family mission statements and mottos. I am passionate about the power of our personal stories and the creation of legacy. I founded Wellfleet Circle to help others tell and share their stories and preserve and share legacy.

 

Liz Dossa

San Francisco Bay Area
Mercy Center, Burlingame
edossa@aol.com

I have worked with several groups of women religious (Sisters of Mercy) who have been very receptive and enthusiastic about what GAB brings to their sense of community. I think GAB is very valuable for them and would encourage others to reach out to other women's communities (and even men's!) I am also leading a group of lay people at Mercy Center. Both have been very enriching for me!

 

Lisa Smith-Youngs

Northern California
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Davis
Lisa.smithyoungs@gmail.com
916-825-0334

A GAB guide working with small groups in Davis and Sacramento, CA. Sessions scheduled as my time permits. Please email to inquire.

 

Sheri Kohlmann

Southern California
More Than Words, Inc.
714-420-5092
www.morethanwordsinc.com

The most valuable gift you can give is your story.

 

Tricia Homrighausen

Volunteer Action for Aging, a SCAN community service
thomrighausen@scanhealthplan.com
http://independenceathome.org
562.637.7157

We have Birren Center Certified Instructors leading workshops in Southern California communities within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino/Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Our 5-week series is designed for seniors 55+ and offered at no cost. We also offer volunteer opportunities related to the workshops.  

 

Robert Phelps

Santa Ana
Safe Haven Senior Outreach
safehavenccc@yahoo.com
714.876.3031  

I am providing GAB sessions for senior centers and senior living facilities in Southern California.

 

Jill Morris

Walnut Creek
Jill@yourlifeyourwords
GAB classes throughout the East Bay

 

 

Colorado

 

Eugene "Gene" Dawson, PhD., LCSW

13901 E. Marina Dr.,#112
Aurora
3eugene3@gmail.com
720.535.9672

 

Florida

 

Val Perry

Bloomingdale Writers Connection
Lifewritersbloom@msn.com

I have been giving these 10 week courses for ten years and work with a team of instructors/facilitators.  We are a library-sponsored program, located east of Tampa at the    Bloomingdale Regional Library.  The classes are underwritten by the Friends of the Library and are free to the public.  In 2013 we published an anthology of our stories. After    graduation the writers have the option to move into monthly writing groups managed by our program.

 

Illinois

 

Carolyn Young

Evanston
carolynvyoung@gmail.com

 

 

LOUISIANA

 

Deanne Groves

Lifestories, LLC
Deanne@lifestoriesllc.biz 
www.lifestoriesllc.biz

I routinely teach GAB classes at two locations and can accept invitations to teach just about anywhere. In addition, I teach spiritual journey, obituary writing and legacy letter writing classes. I also offer book editing and publishing.

 

 

MARYLAND

 

Pat McNees

Pat McNees, Writers and Editors
patmcnees@gmail.com
http://www.writersandeditors.com | http://www.comfortdying.com
301.897.8557

I am teaching GAB at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD in Jan.-Feb 2017; I teach it now and then at Montgomery County, MD, public libraries, but no sessions are currently scheduled.  I've been doing print personal histories since 1990and also do corporate histories.

 

Maine

 

Katie Murphy

Portland
katie@univoicehistory.com
Personal Historian

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Michelle Beckman

Sunday Dinner Stories
Michelle@SundayDinnerStories.com
www.SundayDinnerStories.com
(978) 455-2166

I help parents and grandparents write or record their life stories so all generations of their families know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered. GAB is one method I use to inspire my Storytellers to remember stories that express their beliefs, values, and life lessons.

 

Patricia O’Neill

Oxford Gerontology Consultants
trish1385@gmail.com
Certified GABInstructor; Life review

 

 

MICHIGAN

 

Han-Jung Ko (Kokoro/Koko)

Central Michigan University
hanju1k@cmich.edu
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/program/HDFS/IIGR/Pages/Programs.aspx
(989)774-3290

We offer one to two GAB sessions each semester. I personally do not facilitate the groups but recruit past GAB attendees (community partners or students) to lead the groups. The GAB sessions are sponsored by the Institute for Intergenerational Relationships, College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.

 

Minnesota

 

Ben and Judy Ament

Moose Lake
blament@gmail.com
218.481.8771

GAB classes in northern Minnesota

 

MISSOURI

 

Lori Jurgiel

Personal Historian, Saint Louis
lorijurgiel@gmail.com
www.LifeReviewGAB.homestead.com
(636) 485-5147

See Calendar page for open Guided Autobiography classes

 

 

New York

 

Linda Conte

New York State (Westchester County)
lindaconte2016@gmail.com
(914) 271-5324    

 

Ohio

 

Michele Wolf

Amelia
micheleawolf@gmail.com
513.478.9887

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

Jennifer Shaker

Memory Lane Lifestories
(401) 316-6288
jennifershaker@cox.net
www.memorylanelifestories.com

I am currently teaching GAB classes at the University of Rhode Island OLLI and Village at Waterman Lake. I also offer book editing and design for finished memoirs.

 

 

VIRGINIA

 

Karen Bender

Leaves of Your Life
karen@leavesofyourlife.com
www.leavesofyourlife.com
(703) 220-0080

 

 

WASHINGTON

 

Heidi Thorsen

Kitsap Penninsula, Poulsbo
Through Your Eyes
tyememoirwriting@gmail.com
TYEmemoirs.com

I offer Guided Autobiography classes in Central and North Kitsap County. The schedule and type of class offered is designed to meet your personal goals for reflecting on and writing the stories of your life. You can email me for additional information and the TYEmemoirs.com website should be up and running in 2017.

 

Joanne M. Horn

Washington State
Second Half Connections
joanne@secondhalfconnections.org
www.secondhalfconnections.org
(206) 953-9912

I have been teaching GAB classes continuously since 2010.  I teach my GAB classes at community colleges, retirement communities, and retirement or other older adult organizations in the Puget Sound area. I now offer GAB I, GAB II, and as of Spring 2017, GAB III classes.  I have developed GAB II and GAB III as writing skills classes organized around the concept of using weekly themes to write life stories and maintaining the Birren structure of one half of the class devoted to sharing stories and providing peer feedback.  

 

Melissa Layer

Olympia
lissalayer@yahoo.com
425.941.5832

I have been successfully teaching GAB classes at a local thriving Senior Center and welcome all inquiries for bringing this wonderful opportunity to your organization, church, club or dining room table!  Let's discuss the possibilities - and give each other the gift of becoming enthusiastic Storycatchers (as author Christina Baldwin loves to say)!

 

 

CANADA

 

Ontario

 

Richard Campbell

Guided Life Stories
Richard@guidedlifestories.com

Richard teaches GAB on transatlantic crossings with Windstar Cruises.
Co-author (with Cheryl Svensson) of Writing Your Legacy – The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story – Published by Writer’s Digest Books

 

 

british columbia


Wendy Bancroft

Vancouver
GAB Sessions
wendy@gabsessions.ca
www.gabsessions.ca

I lead GAB workshop series in my home, in the classroom, and online (my online participants come from across Canada and the US). For private sessions, I take enquiries, make a waitlist and, when numbers warrant, we vote on a time that works best for all. In addition to GAB1, I’ve developed a GAB2 curriculum (inspired by the Birren Center’s GAB2 syllabus), where we delve more deeply into writing memoir, and explore our experience of some of the inner forces driving behaviour. 

 

HARRY LEWIS
 

Victoria
harrylewis36@gmail.com

 

Ontario

 

Helene Kauffmann  

Ottawa
Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team
leokau123@gmail.com
(613) 875 9799

Currently teaching GAB classes in winter and fall at the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team.  As a gerontologist and mental health counselor, I have been teaching GAB classes since 2011 in Eastern Ontario. Currently the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team sponsors the GAB sessions. We offer one GAB session each semester. I also run 8-weeks series for small groups out of my home.

 

Alberta

 

Shirley Lyster

Camrose
lyster61@gmail.com

 

GREECE

 

Leoni Thanasoula

Athens
The Precious Tree Biography
leoni@precioustree.gr
www.precioustree.gr

Particular interest in the Diaspora community and life stories.

 

 

AUSTRALIA

Victoria

Gillian Ednie
Your Biography
yourbiography@optusnet.com.au
www.yourbiography.com.au
0425 770 605

I write biographies and family histories. I also help individuals prepare their autobiography by ghost writing it for them, or providing writing coaching/editing and production support so they can write their own. I am delighted to be able to add GAB groups to my repertoire and to be only the second Birren/Svensson GAB instructor in Australia!

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Rugby, Warwickshire

Marie Rowe

Thanks for the Memoirs
 mrowe97@gmail.com
thanksforthememoirs.com

UK Code: 017888 10106 (h)
UK Code: 074479 93714 (cell)