Online Courses

It is Dr. Debra's heart that people all over the world be able to participate in Writing for the Spirit workshops. She cannot be everywhere at once, and not everyone can come to Sanctuary Guesthouse at a given time. Thus, Dr. Debra offers an opportunity to participate in a group via the web. Your workshop has some unique features that you may already be familiar with from other Internet interactions. The courses offer participants the opportunity to work independently, and in a group, as well as receive coaching from Dr. Debra in the process. So, now time and distance are not a limiting factor - you may select the workshop of your choice and participate from the comfort of your own home or office!

Through teaching in a variety of venues (online and residential), Dr. Newell melds skill and content in a meaningful combination of group and individual work that is accessible to a world-wide audience!  Online courses in general range from a one-time seminar-type offering to 4-12 week series offerings, depending upon the content and formats utilized.  Often, a course will encompass webinar-type sessions, skype-type consultations, asynchronous chat, individual work across a week and handout materials and assignments.  Some courses will require a modest investment in pre-prepared materials, along with the course fee.


Online Courses for Healthcare Professionals ( 3 Events )

Continuing Education online courses offered specifically to health care professionals. Please click on "Online Courses for Healthcare Professionals" above, select your topic and follow through to register.

In addition to online courses, Dr. Debra is available for invited presentations to your health care professional groups, utilizing the topics below, or developing a creative topic of interest to your specific audience. 

Online topics for Healthcare Professionals for the 2013 Season include:

Narrative Medicine: The Art and Science of Healthcare Starts June 1, 2013 (Perpetual)

Writing for the Spirit for Healthcare Professionals Starts June 1, 2013 (Perpetual)

By Invitation ( 4 Events )

These courses are offered by invitation and referral only.  If you are interested after reading the descriptions, please contact Dr. Debra Newell at

Our 2013 "by invitation" offering topic offerings are:

  • Women Warriors: Strengthening your walk and witness for His Glory– Starts May 6, 2013

    (for women in the marketplace)

Open to the General Public ( 65 Events )

These online courses are open to the general public so that anyone is welcome to attend.  Topics and start dates for the 2014 Season are shown below.  Please click on the "Open to the General Public" link above, choose the topic(s) you would like to register for from the EVENTS section and follow through the registration process.

  •  Reflect and Refresh
  • Healing Wounded Hearts 

  • The Power of the Dream 

  • Hearing God's Voice

  • Writing and Healing for the self: Mind, Body, Spirit 

  • Breaking Chains: Setting Captives Free

  • The Character and Nature of God

  • Deepening our Spiritual Relationships

  • 100% Grace

  • Real Beauty

  • First Love

  • Desires of the Heart

  • Closure: Tying up Loose Ends