Come join us on our next journey – five Saturday mornings: once a month – to discover what we each have to say, express, write and share within a supportive group of incest and child sexual abuse survivors. The format is an amalgamation of two primary activities:
- Writing & reading our writing to each other and
- Gentle Yoga & Mindfulness practices
We are convinced that by combining these two we can move in and out of the myriad of emotions and impressions our experiences have placed within us to finding the joy and strength of our true selves.
There are threads of common purpose for writing within a supportive group – to catch the undercurrent of our minds, spread it out on the page and see what we make of it to:
- broaden self awareness
- pour out feelings and emotions onto paper
- reclaim or preserve memories of ourselves, people, and events
- sort out thoughts and clarify ideas
- reap the wisdom of the unconscious
Our yoga and mindfulness practices are designed in synergy with the writing, supporting nonjudgmental self-awareness, acceptance and creativity. Our bodies often hold our experiences of trauma, loss or suffering on a cellular, muscular and visceral level, constricting our capacity to be fully present.
By engaging in gentle yoga postures: simple twists, heart opening stretches; breathing practices: breath awareness and deepening; and mindfulness practices such as connecting with our highest intentions, we clear the obstacles to our creativity and compassion which opens us to experience our own clear voice in the present moment.
Look what past participants had to say about this workshop series:
“Thank you for this chance to live into my healing accompanied by our healing, creative circle. I keep watch and am so grateful for the gentle erosion of my borders – nothing swift or scary – just 5 months and I find a solid bridge under my feet, connecting me to you allies; and miraculous: a quiet space for my (inner) child to begin to cry, twirl, spark into a more connected, still-learning-to-connect to, me.”
“Donna and Jackie, thank you not only for the opportunity to bring volume to a voice that has been silenced for years, but also for the empathy, kindness, compassion, nonjudgement and safety you both offer in the space and agenda you’ve created. I’ve suffered so long alone, so lonely and feeling so different and damaged that connecting with a group of women through writing not necessarily concentrated on the horror of the details of the abuse (like a trauma group) brings me a sense of sameness instead of difference. Thank you seems insufficient but it is what I have along with the promise to utilize the gift I’ve been given to the upmost.”
Consider giving yourself and your voice this gift of attention for five Saturday mornings. We’re all so worth it.
Dates: To Be Announced
Size: Limited to 9 participants
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“I can feel safe in this beautiful space Donna & Jackie have created for us. I am overwhelmed by emotion at the mere thought of being part of this group. I see so much hope and possibility to gain. I am beginning a new chapter coming here.”
“TTT’s writing workshop provides a safe and nurturing forum for Survivors to tell our stories and be heard. The gentle, gradual exercises promote mindfulness and help build confidence, bringing joy and laughter that are antidotes to our habitual distress. Most empowering of all is the closeness that develops when we risk sharing the truths of our hearts. The result is a real contradiction to the isolation and shame that hold Survivors back, and a radiant force for healing.”
“I totally loved the workshop! It was exactly what I’ve been needing (even telling people I’ve been needing) for a long time now. What a relief to be part of that amazing circle of women.”
“The circle you gather together becomes therapeutic and empowering ….a kind of healing that ironically is way beyond words. Presence and compassionate listening heals so many wounded uncertainties. These circles are life serving…and rich with the spirit of giving and receiving.”