Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma – 2/15/20

Workshop Leader: Janice Lee

When: Saturday February 15th, 2020 10AM-4PM (w/ 45min lunch break)

Where: The Corporeal Center; 510 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Cost: $250 (sliding scale available for QTBIPOC students—email Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com)

More details and to register – see Corporeal Writing page

“What really exists is not things made but things in the making.” –William James

“How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things.” –Eduardo Kohn

How are the frames of reference and relationships between and of living beings activated? That is, how do different bodies and worlds articulate each other, or, how do we learn to be affected? How do we reconcile personal experience with historical fact? How do we reconcile history with memory? How do we reconcile truths with other truths? How does writing open up space while processing trauma or grief?

How does writing open up space for processing trauma or grief? We will explore the articulation of experience and trauma (lived and inherited), looking at how personal history and identity relate to aesthetics and narrative. We’ll investigate personhood and interspecies communication through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing. We’ll study how history and accuracy intersect in creative work, how the limits and failures of language allow us to reach beyond traditional narrative structures, and how memories of trauma are constructed, reconstructed, and might be disruptive to identity and narrative. The workshop will include writing prompts, guided meditations, intuition exercises, shamanic practices, divination, mapping, unbinding wounds & trauma, communing with plant and animal beings, ceremony, and open discussion.

Please bring a rock or stone with you.