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Day One: Today's the Day!

Parkinson's disease (PD) is more than a movement disorder. In order to care for and provide the best quality of life for people with and affected by PD, we must explore, understand and share our stories.


Day One is a unique, engaging, and evidence-based writing program developed and tested in an Interdisciplinary Health Sciences doctoral program.


Participants meet online, for 90 minutes once a week for 16 weeks to explore Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and how we can apply it to living our best. We share our writing with each other, learning and discovering we are not alone. We develop strong ensembles and build communities of courage and action with our stories.

There are three versions of the Day One program inspired by popular films that inform the Hero's Journey. Click below for more.


"I'm a prisoner in my own body," Muhammad Ali

The stories we tell ourselves shape our reality, including how we feel about Parkinson’s disease, whether we are conscious of them or not.  The feeling of being trapped, stuck and isolated are commonly reported by people with Parkinson's. Dr. Ray Dorsey, author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, says the PD community needs to speak up. 

In this powerful new evidence-based class, developed in a PhD study, people with, affected by and serving the  PD community, will explore, write and share their stories from the perspective of feeling imprisoned by PD. We will use Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey and The Shawshank Redemption to guide us in a 16-week online program. What stories are keeping you locked in? 

 See the schedule below for current and upcoming classes. 

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Full course



We are seeking sponsors to allow writers in the PD community who don't have the funds to participate. Click on the above pdf for details.

Parkinson's Prison and the Hero's Journey to Escape!
Meets on Tuesdays, 12 noon-1:30p Pacific
16 sessions
Start/End date: Jan. 16, 2024 - April 30, 2024

Turning Parkinson's Disease Inside Out
Meets on Mondays, 1p-2:30p Pacific
16 sessions
Start/End date: Jan. 29, 2024 - May 13, 2024

Parkinson's Prison and the Hero's Journey to Escape!
Start/End date: 
May 7, 2024 - Aug. 20, 2024

Turning Parkinson's Disease Inside Out
Start/End date:
May 20, 2024 - Sept. 2 2024

Need help with your tuition?

Please don't let the cost of the program keep you from signing up. Click on the fundraising document (to the left) to learn how you can fundraise to earn your tuition.