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Primavera: Festas, Wildflowers, and Inspiration (5/6)

The excellent writer & facilitator Chris DeLorenzo (of Laguna Writers) is co-leading (with Sharon Smith) a daylong writing retreat up in Forestville at the beginning of May — I whole-heartedly recommend Chris’  (AWA method) workshops to anyone looking for a safe and fun place to write. And check this one out: fresh new writing and amazing food? Talk about sensory inspiration.

-xox, jmc

Please join us for our first 2011 daylong retreat in Forestville on Saturday May 7th, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. As we anticipate our two upcoming writing retreats in Umbria this fall, we will once again let Italy inspire us here in West Sonoma.

In Italy, May is a month of flower, food, and wine festivals (known as a festas), so we’ve decided to have one of our own. We’ll feast on luscious words in the morning and afternoon, and our lunchtime meal will be a celebration of flowers and the spring Italian harvest.

This retreat will have the same format as our previous retreats: we’ll write all morning, take several short breaks, and one longer break at lunchtime. For lunch, we’ll serve a spring asparagus risotto and Italian skewers, a seasonal salad and a special Italian dessert. After lunch, we’ll write again all afternoon, and end the day with an evening prosecco toast paired with some antipasti. (Expect artichoke bruschetta, another seasonal Italian treat.)

The Forestville Retreat is $150 and includes the all-day workshop, as well as the morning treat, snacks, lunch, dessert, hot beverages, and wine.

These retreats tend to fill fast, and many participants return to write with us again, so if you are interested, please make a non-refundable $75 deposit to hold your place. You may do this by arranging to send Chris a check; you can also sign up on the “Fees and Deposits” page, using the Paypal drop-down menu.

For more information, please go to Laguna Writers or call: 415-206-9771.

To contact Sharon about accommodations or restaurants, or see more photos of Birdland, check out her web site at http://www.savorsmith.com or contact her directly at SavoringSF@aol.com or 415-378-8005

The Icarus Project in Vancouver – this week!

For all my Northwest folks: Check out these amazing workshops that Kiran, Anthony, and Jacks from The Icarus Project are presenting in Vancouver this week! The folks at Icarus do amazing, accessible, layered, intentional, beautiful, exciting work around radical mental health issues — if you’re anywhere in the area, I absolutely urge you to attend!  – jmc


icarus logo: you are not alone

the icarus project: navigating the space between brilliance and madness

4 Icarus Project Workshops – This Week!

Radical Mental Health in People of Color Organizing Communities – TODAY!
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday, March 30th
La Bicyclette Rouge
1227 Victoria Dr

Note: This workshop is intended as a safe(r) space for people of color and has limited space, please RSVP.

This will be a facilitated discussion around the issues and challenges that people of color experience in common when faced with addressing mental health concerns in their communities. The discussion is intended for people of color, and will be focused on drawing out the experiences of the group with the goals of sharing strategies and resources for radical mental health. The discussion will be facilitated by Kiran Nigam (AORTA, The Icarus Project) and Anthony Meza-Wilson.

Tea and cookies will be provided :)

Space will be limited to 20 participants, please RSVP to: anthony.mezawilson@gmail.com.

For more information:
La Bicyclette Rouge is not wheelchair accessible. There are approximately 10 stairs with a banister. Washrooms are standard, single occupant washrooms with minimal clearance and no rails.
Please no strong or artificial scents.


Bent, not Broken: Queer/Trans Lives and Mental Health

6:00pm – 9:00pm, Thursday, March 31st
at the UBC Student Union Building room SUB 206
6138 Student Union Boulevard

A radical community discussion of the intersections between queer and trans lives and experiences of emotional distress, “mental illness,” and healing, facilitated by Jacks McNamara (Icarus Project) and Kiran Nigam (AORTA).

In this workshop we will open space for creative investigations of queer/trans experiences with mental health that inspire us to break isolation, find our stories reflected, share strategies towards healing, a…nd build community resilience in the face of a shaming, crazy-making world.

Graciously hosted by:
the UBC Social Justice Centre http://www.socialjusticecentre.org/
the Womyn’s Centre
and UBC Allies http://alliesubc.wordpress.com/
For more info on the Icarus Project: www.theicarusproject.net
Feel free to distribute widely and share with friends.
Please minimize the use of artificial scents & perfumes.
This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Accessibility map:


Creating Spaces that Help Us Thrive: Radical Mental Health in Shared Housing
11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Saturday April 2.
at the DIY Dharma Lab #202 – 1814 Pandora St

Join us for a workshop about radical approaches to mental health. Experiences labeled “mentally ill” affect us all, especially when we’re living, working, or organizing in communities. There are a lot of big questions on our minds regarding mental health, such as:
What structures can we put in place to help prevent crisis situations from occurring, or min…imize their potentially negative impact on the community when they do occur? What can we do for our friends in times of extreme crisis to keep them from either getting locked up or hurting themselves?
What can we do after wards to help everyone heal? How can we minimize feelings of alienation, anger, sadness, insecurity, etc. and create communities that foster self-determination and support us all?

Using a popular education framework, we will explore these key questions together. We will also learn about what a Mad Map/ Wellness Map is and make our own maps to share with our friends and loved ones.


Collective Liberation and Radical Mental Health
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Saturday April 2.
at the DIY Dharma Lab #202 – 1814 Pandora St

How do privilege, oppression and collective liberation relate to radical mental health? How can we create communities that support our mental and emotional health as activists? Does the undertaking of collective liberation recognize diversity in mental health experience? Problematic binary definitions of mental health experience (you’re either “normal” or “crazy”) are rampant in mainstream culture. The Icarus Project recognizes …the multiplicities of mental health experience and strives to create a community that regards the range of diversity as something to be respected and even rejoiced in. In this workshop, we will explore ways to promote safer spaces in our communities. We’ll discuss the importance of sharing our personal stories, giving and receiving support, and building communities that are truly welcoming to all marginalized people. Using exercises like “Mad-Mapping” and skill-sharing, we’ll collaboratively envision structures for mental and emotional support, and dialogue about why such strategies are vital to collective liberation.



For more info on the Icarus Project: www.theicarusproject.net
Feel free to distribute widely and share with friends.
The DIY Dharma spaces is wheelchair accessible.
Please minimize the use of artificial scents & perfumes.
This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Healing for Change — this Saturday, March 1!

This Saturday, City College of San Francisco will be hosting it’s 6th annual Healing for Change event — the information below is from the website at http://healingforchange.org/home.html

NOTE: Registration is required! Please RSVP by emailing healingforchange@yahoo.com or calling 415-452-5727

Healing for Change from the inside out
Saturday March 1, 2008 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus, Student Health Center

6th Annual Self-Healing Workshops For Women Survivors
of Violence, Trauma, Rape, Incest, Assault and Domestic Violence

Have you experienced violence & trauma?
Learn to move past the memories, ease the pain, and practice self-healing techniques.
This is a space created by and for women.*
*transgender friendly~event is open to any person who does not identify as male)

Free & open to the public. Must be 18 years or older to attend. We regret that childcare will not be available.

Workshop forming for mixed race women

I received this note from Esther, a former workshop participant — write to her at bionicfemme@hotmail.com if you’d like more information about hew new workshop:

“Hi Jen, Now that we have graduated from the Master’s program at New College, one of my classmates, Monalisa and I are starting up a writer’s workshop! This group is for all mixed race women of color who are interested in generating creative writing, memoir, and other multi-genre literary work to reflect their experiences as multi-racial women of color. Our concentration is on experimental lit, but linear, traditional narratives are welcome as well. We will also be performing as part of New College’s local writer series at a public reading in the coming months. Please let me know if you have any workshop participants that might be interested, and tell your friends! We’d really like to get the word out and grow as a community. We submit our work to the group on the second weekend of every month, then meet up for coffee during the fourth weekend, to go over each other’s work and in general, just bond as a community of mixed race writers. Hope you are doing well! -Esther”