A day of body mindfulness, gentle movement and writing for queer, genderqueer and trans survivors of sexual trauma
co-facilitated with Alex Cafarelli
What if we could truly experience empathy for our bodies as they are – and then, by extension, for ourselves, as we are?
As queer, genderqueer & trans survivors with a wide array of backgrounds and identities in a sexuality-/gender-restrictive culture, our self-protective tendency can be to “check out” by detaching mind from body to such great degrees that it can be dangerous. Physical activity and writing are two ways to check back in with your embodied self.
With deep respect for the privacy and variety in our personal experience of gender expression and our individual histories, this workshop will create safe space for participants to embrace our bodies as they are, and to write the stories our bodies have been wishing to speak, while allowing possibility for the integration of identity and physical presence. Using brief writing exercises and low impact body mindfulness exercises derived from improvisational theater, Zen meditation practice, and the internal Chinese martial arts, participants will have the opportunity to fully embody our gender complexity in a healing and playful environment.
The exercises we practice can be easily incorporated into our daily lives and can enhance our ability to reflect mindfully on our experiences, while interacting with others from a place of self-acceptance, internal power, and confidence, as we move through the world as the fabulously feisty queer & gender warriors we are…
Fee for this day-long workshop is $50-100, sliding scale
Writing Ourselves Home:
Transformative writing for women
We have often heard about the numerous pressures women are under today. Trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations can leave us feeling completely outside of our own selves.
During Writing Ourselves Home workshops, we write in response to exercises chosen to elicit deep-heart writing. These exercises deal with such subjects as: body image; relationships with family, community and self; love; sexuality; history; passion; faith; and more. This writing can deepen participants’ relationships with their own writing/passion, and can create an internal space intended to encourage healing, integration and wholeness .
I am available to work with agencies, organizations and providers, as an adjunct to the very important services they provide. Writing workshops (either one-time or multi-session) create the opportunity for new levels of work and healing. Exercises can be chosen to focus on particular topics or areas of learning. I have worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma, LGBTQQI youth, homeless women, and groups of adult students.