Write to Heal: Sunday Transformation

Hi Friends,

So I’m excited to let you know that Local Poets Guild is offering its first Writing to Heal Workshop this coming Sunday May 22nd from 3pm to 6 pm at Silver Gardens in the community room (100 Silver Ave SW). I’ll be co-teaching with the fabulous Michelle Otero. This is a process-oriented class, not product, designed to help emotions move through the body and release. Michelle will lead most of the writing exercises and I’m going to do the geek-out part where I talk about the potential impact writing (good ole pen-on-paper) can have on your body, on your blood pressure, your immune system, your emotional wellbeing. Truthfully, none of the stats matter more than this simple fact: writing feels good.

This is a class that will cultivate small catharsis, little moments of transcendence, and a whole lot of self-acceptance. It’s a class where you’ll learn that emotions can be tolerated, and that when you put your feelings and your experiences on paper, your body can quit clenching emotionally around the sore spots.

Here’s a tiny bit about writing to heal:

In his early research Pennebaker was interested in how people who have powerful secrets are more prone to a variety of health problems. If you could find a way for people to share those secrets, would their health problems improve?

It turned out that often they would, and that it wasn’t even necessary for people to tell their secrets to someone else. The act of simply writing about those secrets, even if they destroyed the writing immediately afterward, had a positive effect on health. Further studies showed that the benefits weren’t just for those who had dramatic secrets, but could also accrue to those who were dealing with divorces, job rejections or even a difficult commute to work.

“Emotional upheavals touch every part of our lives,” Pennebaker explains. “You don’t just lose a job, you don’t just get divorced. These things affect all aspects of who we are—our financial situation, our relationships with others, our views of ourselves, our issues of life and death. Writing helps us focus and organize the experience.”

This class is also an opportunity to interact with other community members in a shared goal, to help each other, to be supportive.

Oh and we’ll have some yummy snacks and be in a great supportive environment in a Green (Leed Platinum) building!

And this will be ongoing, at least every other month. Expect the next one in July (and a nonviolence writing workshop in June).

This is a process not product oriented and are open to the entire community—and you don’t have to be a poet to participate. If you are a poet, you never know: the work may spark poems. But the point is something else.  Come join us.

Hope to see you,

lisa gill

RSVP to localpoetsguild [at] yahoo [dot] com to hold a spot.

(Sliding scale donations $1-10 for the three hour class but no one turned away.)