Monthly  Letter

A handwritten letter mailed to you - a tangible and intimate process, a thread that we weave together, a shared experience of taking our time.

It is a precious gift of presence.

Handwritten letter Francine Bonjour

Every month, or every other month, I sit with the intention of connecting with you. I take my pen and start to write, maybe I tell you about a personal experience or a story I studied, I might share some questions I currently have, move from a specific topic to a general quest for wisdom... with no agenda other than letting that moment unfold on paper, through my hand, I write you a letter.

This letter is an act of intimacy, of re-connection, of letting ourselves be touched and reclaim what weaves us together in this world.

“A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it's not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.” 


- Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home.

Monthly Subscription

 

I write and send this letter every month or every other month, depending on my time and energy, it is usually three pages long, printed both sides. You can read an excerpt here.

Your subscription sustains the existence of this letter by financially supporting the logistics of the process (printing, paper, envelopes, postage, time...).

$8/month

Monthly subscription through PayPal, automatically renews until you cancel.

Sponsor Option

For those who want to sponsor someone in my address book who can not afford to pay the monthly subscription. Your generosity and your support for the art of handwriting is greatly appreciated, thank you!

If you want to sponsor someone who does not receive my letter yet, please send me a message with their full name and address via the Contact section of this website.

$16/month

Monthly subscription through PayPal, automatically renews until you cancel.

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Every step of the process is analog (pen and paper, nothing digital): 

- once you subscribe, I add your name and address in my physical address book.

- I write my letter on paper directly (no draft), photocopy it, fold it, and place it in each envelope.

- each address is handwritten.

This is an embodied practice, it is my way of taking the time to do something meaningful, caring, and considerate.

Each time, as I go to the post office to mail these letters (over a hundred), I smile, my heart is full, and I imagine threads spreading everywhere the letters travel, weaving blessings along the way.

“Beauty - however we perceive it - causes a reaction, and in this case, actually produces life.” 
- Martin Shaw, All Those Barbarians.

Read the story behind my handwritten letter

Here

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Credit photo Cindy Fatsis

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:: Kind words ::

I just sat in the stillness of the morning reading your "Story of Fire." It has unfolded as exactly what I needed to read in this very moment. You so beautifully and eloquently described such a painful experience and how it has impacted your growth and life. I just want to thank you truly for spending the time and energy to put your thoughts and feelings to words in this way.

Not digital... pen and paper. The way experience has been shared throughout history. I feel honored to receive your letter, and I want you to know how grateful I am that you are sharing your experience with me.

Karen J

Your letter about prayer has touched me deeply. The way you write and present topics, and how you use and create medicine helps me every day. I am grateful for all the writings and medicine you share, it makes a difference in my life. Thank you for the gift of your experiences. 

Terri A

When I received mine, I experienced the same excitement as I did when I received my own magazine in the mail at age 13. I saved reading your letter for today when I have the space and time to sit and drink my favorite cup of hot tea and listen to the crickets. Your handwriting is beautiful! And now I get to receive thoughts and feelings from your beautiful heart every month, thank you. 

Allison B