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Learn how to release the grip of the past on the present through interactive writing in this 2-hr workshop.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time
As a writer, I have experienced healing and awakening by honoring my suffering, giving it voice, and seeing through adult eyes the dreams and disappointments of the child I once was and whose memories live within me. By bringing an intention of divine love for self and others, I have been able to imagine multiple perspectives on “my” experience, allowing forgiveness and compassion to transform emotions of anger, hatred, and fear into acceptance and gratitude. This journey was not quick or easy, nor is it complete. I spent years moving through layer after layer of processing and reprocessing of trauma and hurt. Yet the results were dramatic: liberation from depression, release of deeply entrenched negative beliefs, and even physical healing of an Irritable Bowel Syndrome that had dogged me for decades. My experience taught me without a doubt that mind, heart, and body are one, and as we begin to heal one area, all are affected.
This interactive writing workshop will be an opportunity for participants to identify areas where they might want to release the grip of the past on the present. Through guided meditation, we will access high vibration consciousness in order to act as channels, guides, and compassionate friends to ourselves on a journey into the heart. We will use writing to activate and intensify the healing process. When we write from an intention of compassion for self and other, we have the capacity to directly channel the wisdom of our higher self. We can unravel stories about the past that do not serve us, reframe and release negative beliefs about the self, and experience healing on an emotional, psychological, and spiritual level. --Robin Clarke
Robin Clarke, MFA, MA, LSW, is a writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. Her first book of poems, Lines The Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013), won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd book prize for poetry, judged by Brenda Hillman. With the poet Sten Carlson, she co-authored a chapbook of poems entitled Lives of the Czars (nonpolygon, 2011). An excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Those Little Anodynes, won the 2016 Tupelo Open Prose award, judged by Nick Flynn. Her poems and prose have been published in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, LABOR, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse, and elsewhere. She is an EMDR certified therapist and a Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner (CTR-P). Robin lives in an intentional co-housing community with her partner and their two daughters.