gwendolyn alley

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, Education, Environmental Studies, and Ecopsychology, Gwendolyn Alley works as a college teacher, freelance journalist, Slow Wine Guide field representative, wine blogger ( She’s completed the Pacific Crest Trail, climbed Kilimanjaro, hooted for spotted owls, parented peregrine falcons, pruned pinot noir, competed for the US Wine Team in France, fostered dogs, participated in Burning Man 20 times in 30 years, and taught everything from yoga to mountaineering to creativity to college composition to environmental literature to DIY mouthwash.

The winner of the 2022 Jancis Robinson wine writing contest on regenerative viticulture, Gwendolyn studied writing with Natalie Goldberg and others, she learned how to make mouthwash and about the benefits of ozone from Dr. Barbara Doreo, and took dream tending with Dr Steven Aizenstadt while earning her Masters in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in community, liberation, indigenous, and ego-psychology.

Gwendolyn served as a Literary Artist Fellow for the City of Ventura twice where she curated art shows that featured her poetry. Gwendolyn’s publications include three dozen broadsides in ArtLife Limited Editions and middle of the night poems (en theos press). Her commissions include a work about the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mud performed at Santa Barbara’s Lobrero Theater; she recorded a spoken word piece for an art installation for a park in Pasadena about water and power.

Participating in Lucidity’s vision has been important to Gwendolyn and her family since it began.


Scheduled Workshops

  • “The Dream's Path to Writing from Soul: A Dream Tending and Writing Workshop”

    60 min | Fairies’ Hollow

    “Writing is a path to meet ourselves,” teaches Natalie Goldberg. In “The Dream’s Path to Writing from Soul: A Dream Tending and Writing Workshop,” award winning wine writer, performance poet, ecopsychologist, and college professor Gwendolyn Alley will guide you in developing a writing and dream tending practice yielding transformative soul making results that take you on a journey where you just might meet yourself! Produce powerful and insightful prose and poetry along your path to soul using techniques Gwendolyn developed from classes with writer Natalie Goldberg, depth psychologist Steven Aisenstadt, and others. Discover how to synthesize dreams and memories into poetry and prose with tools to record and invoke evocative images. Learn how to use writing practice, dream tending, and various experiments for creating prose and poetry in this interactive writing workshop. Bring a fast pen, and your journal if you have one. No previous dream tending or writing experience necessary.