FACILITATED BY: Jennifer Patterson
“Time’s been rearranged and you are new again.”- Emily Wells
Is your body tired from carrying a lifetime of violence/ harm/ grief/ pain/ worry/ fear/ shame deep in its muscles and bones? Are you feeling disconnected from yourself, your inner wisdom, your creativity, your connection to Spirit? Do you want to reconnect to the aliveness that lives alongside all the grief? As somatic containers, our bodies hold the stories of all that we experience; the stories remain embedded, often outliving their use and truth. Fully witnessing them is no easy feat but it can also be revolutionary when we are able to do so.
Breathwork is a 2-part active meditation that helps bring attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences living in our bodies. It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity and aliveness. Breathwork reminds us we all, each of us, hold the power within ourselves to shift and heal parts of ourselves. It’s you and your breath; the breath is the medicine and our bodies are wise. It’s a psychedelic and transcendent experience.
So what is your body trying to tell you? In this group we will listen to and then reimagine these stories. The workshop will open with intention setting, will move into a short grounding and will follow with the active meditation. After breathing, there will be a short free write and closing.
This workshop is lovingly open to all genders. Bring your wise body (of course!), your curiosity, a pen and notebook, wear comfortable clothing and, if you would like to, bring an eye pillow or cover.
Please note: Breathwork stirs up deep emotional experiences with the intention of lightening your load but it can also be a lot. It is my deep desire to create a space that feels nurturing and supportive.
Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, words to explore survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming, trauma-informed herbalist and Breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her own practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Network. She has facilitated writing and Breathwork workshops at places like Maha Rose, Juniper, LGBTQ centers, a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, veterans hospitals, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?, and at colleges and universities. She is the editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), lectures across the country, and has had writing published in places like OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Nat. Brut, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press. A graduate of Goddard College’s MA program, Jennifer is finishing a book project focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. You can find more at ofthebody.net.