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HealHaus: Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies)

  • HealHaus 1082 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY, 11238 United States (map)

Link for registration at HealHaus coming soon.

Please note: This is a somatic writing & breathwork workshop.

"How people feel, what they feel, what breaks them, how trauma resonates through their lives . . . that’s a legitimate space in poetry." —Claudia Rankine

What is the physicality of a wound? What types of loss feel nearly impossible to come back from? What kind of life settles into our bones if we don’t take the time to grieve these losses? Can we dive into the wound, the loss: excavate and unearth it?

In this somatic writing workshop we will focus on translating surviving and survivorhood; what it looks and feels like to live beyond traumatic experiences. The dominant narratives about the survivor body(ies)— often pathologized as disembodied, disassociated and unwell— will be turned on their heads. We can never actually leave our bodies, as hard as we might try (and as wise as we are in our reasons for trying) and are therefore always already embodied.

As a group we will explore texts, utilize breathwork and body-focused writing prompts and share our work with each other as we engage in conversation about writing as a tool for healing and connecting to our wise bodies. There will also be a shared altar so please bring meaningful and protective items to help us hold space.