Archive for November, 2008

Write to Heal

November 16, 2008

Healing Through Art shifts focus to writing 

Years ago I joined and later became the facilitator of a Healing Through Art group at the Cambridge Women’s Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. So when I began offering workshops on creative expression for healing, it seemed natural to chose visual art as the focus. But my own strength is as a writer. I saw that even when I applied for the expansion grant for the Fountain of Peace as a visual artist, the primary focus was getting people writing.

In thinking back on Healing Through Art, when the Tucson Weekly chose it as a Pick of the Week, it was when the topic was for “Increasing Resiliency in Our Bodies and Our Lives.” That topic is fitting for these challenging economic times, so we’ll start with it. We’ll write about a time when we came back up after a setback, and do a writing exercise to help reframe a current situation.

Some of you know my own story is one of bouncing back after having been homebound for years with severe chronic fatigue and chemical sensitivities. Writing continues to be key in my own healing. I think of healing in the deepest sense, in making peace between the disparate aspects of ourselves and creating healing interactions with others, so that our own healing ripples out. I see writing as an invaluable tool for releasing feelings and reframing situations so that I can write a plot of my life as a healing adventure. I’ll share a bit of my own story on the blog, and encourage you to try that out as well.

When I was offering Healing Through Art, people asked for a series in order to go deeper. The challenge was that once someone missed a session, they felt at a loss and didn’t come back. Each Write to Heal workshop is designed to work as a stand-alone workshop. There is a thread running through them, and they are designed so that you can circle back to previous topics on the blog.

People are welcome to participate in Write to Heal by telephone; simply give me notice the day before so that I have the speakerphone set up. The current meeting time is set to work for people in this area who may have a daytime job. 7-8:30 pm Mountain Standard Time is late for people to the east. If you are interested in participating, I’m offering two options: Try out participating by adding to the blog from my website, which will give a bit on the topic each month. If you feel strongly drawn to be in an actual workshop, email me. If several people are interested in a Sunday or weekday daytime option and would preregister, I’ll set one up.

Blessings,
Deborah

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm. You may attend your first session on a donation basis. Subsequent sessions are $10.

Dec. 10 Increasing resiliency in our bodies and our lives

Jan. 14 Visions for our bodies and our lives

Feb. 11 Creative tension: from vision to reality