The SURVIVOR SHRINES Workshop
with Julie Derosa
May 1, 2018 2-6pm. | The Mills Building, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket RI (link to map)
We are all survivors.
From loss, from challenges, from addiction, from big change, from illness, from trauma, from oppression... we're human, and shit happens.
Whats important is that as we heal, we acknowledge our survival, regardless of the grace involved - or not. Surviving is not always tidy, and it can be easy to forget to notice our resiliency, our beauty, our victories.
But when we do make the choice to notice and acknowledge and even ritualize our survival and resilience, our creativity and persistence, we experience a fuller picture of who we are.
Celebrating our survival is radical self love.
The open hand represents the willingness to connect, to change, to love, and to create that it takes to survive and heal from - well, anything. In addition to your choice of a hand-painted wooden box for your shrine, Julie has made a resin-crafted hand for each participant's shrine, to honor your openness to healing and to connect you to the other members of the group.
Come join artist, educator and survivor Julie Derosa and spend an afternoon creating your own Survivor Shrine - a handmade sacred object which celebrates and acknowledges your resiliency, creativity and power.
You'll work with a hand-painted wooden container made by Julie and a wealth of materials to work with, as well as your own significant objects and talismans. Julie will guide you through the telling of your story and a creative process for making your shrine. The workshop ends with a little party to celebrate and ritualize the significance of both the objects created throughout the day and their meanings.
You'll leave with an object that works conscious and unconscious power in your life - reminding you of the fuller picture of your value, your joy, your victories and your resilience, even on the hard days.
"My survivor shrine reminds me that I have accomplished something, that I got through something. It reminds me that I still can get through other things because I have built these skills. It reminds me I survived."
-- Julie Derosa
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