Post Election Community Strengthening and Support

On November 10, The Meeting Point out together an event so that we could be in community after the elections results have left many of our communities in deep pain and fear. Through music, art & crafts, and conversation we nourished ourselves and each other. We remembered that compassion and connection are our greatest superpowers and that social justice heals.

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The Art of Life After

The Art of Life After: Workshop Series will be a weekend long event focused on survivorship of sexual viAoLaolence including expressive workshops on Saturday 4/16 and Sunday 4/17, and a closing performance open to the public on Sunday evening 4/17.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are by and for community members who are survivors of sexual violence with a focus on highlighting People of Color (PoC) survivor leadership. Workshops will integrate creative, expressive, and movement practices with the common goal of supporting healing, self-care skills, and community building for survivors. Workshops are open to up to 10 participants each on a pre-registration basis and will be held at The Meeting Point, a collaboration of independent body workers and mental health practitioners, at 3464 Washington Street in Jamaica Plain, MA.

We request that workshop registration be focused on those who identify as survivors of sexual violence or as close supportive community to survivors. We invite participants to sign up below for only one workshop or as many or all that they are drawn to!

More information at: http://www.artoflifeafter.org/workshop-series/

Mindfulness at TMP

Our own Marlo Pedroso is starting a Mindfulness Drop-In Group starting on March 13th. He’s also running a wonderful Monday evening Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain. More information about that course is here: http://emergenceprojectboston.com/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-course-boston/

New Mindfulness Drop-in Series Starting at The Meeting Point

These workshops are open to new and experienced practitioners looking for community to support and enliven their mindfulness practice. Mindfulness practice is a wonderful way to better manage stress, increase compassion for oneself and others, and better cope with mental and physical distress. Facilitated by Meeting Point therapist Marlo Pedroso, LICSW.
March 13/Mindfulness Meditation, a Path of Presence and Healing: Join us in exploring the unique and transformative aspects of mindfulness, and see how it can increase presence, ease, and insight. What does mindfulness offer that is different from psychology or most self-help strategies?
April 10/Kindness and Compassion: Learn compassion practices that can help you meet your shadows without shame, with skill, by creating conditions for transformation, confidence, and healing. Practice and learn means to cultivate self-acceptance and the conditions for deep changes.

For more information about Marlo Pedroso or the course: www.emergenceprojectboston.com.

The Wiz – A Live screening for Queer People of Color only

“In harmony, and show the world that we’ve got liberty.”

Every single day queer people of color face the institutionalized and systemic harshness from a society and government that devalues us.

Every single day.

We want to acknowledge the struggle, but also take joy in our own strength and brilliance. So let’s gather together in community and enjoy being with each other. They’re showing a live broadcast of the musical, The Wiz. We could all use a little fantasy and dreams right now. Plus Queen Latifah.

http://www.nbc.com/the-wiz-live?utm_source=search

We’ll provide theme snacks and silly games. And maybe also costume fun for those who dare.

One night to pause, refresh and rejoice, before we go back to the struggle.

This event is intended for people of color only.
On Thursday, December 3, doors open at 7:30, live viewing starts at 8pm.

Sponsored by QAPA, PQWOC, BIWOC, MASALA, and the Meeting Point.

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Call for Workshop Leaders

The Art of Life After is opening a call for workshop leaders for our upcoming ‘Workshop Series’ to be held in Boston, MA the weekend of April 9th and 10th, 2016.

The Art of Life After is a project in art and healing lead by survivors of sexual violence. Our upcoming Workshop Series will include a weekend of survivor facilitated and attended creative healing workshops, culminating in a public performance featuring celebrated artists in the field. Workshops will last a maximum of 1.5 hours long with approximately 8-12 pre-registered attendees.

With the distinct intention of honoring and supporting People of Color survivor communities, we want to extend the opportunity to lead workshops with priority to PoC who identify as survivors of intimate violence. As organizers of this show, both identifying as WoC and as survivors, we hold this event in a deeply personal space and recognize the importance of PoC leadership in this context.

In order to apply we are looking for workshop leaders to send the following to artoflifeafter@gmail.com; first round due by November 23rd, 2015.

• Personal artist or work statement with mention of your connection to and interest in this show’s content and mission

• Proposed workshop content (for example; spoken word, visual art, fiber art, yoga, etc.)

• Rough budget of anticipated cost of supplies for your workshop

• Any clarifying questions or inquiries are also welcome

All workshop leaders will receive $100 in payment for their collaboration, in addition to some funding for workshop materials.

— Background —

The Art of Life After is a multi-faceted community project that intends to create a space for survivors of intimate violence to build community and art that arise from the complexity of a life including experiences of intimate violence. We held our first iteration of the show in April 2015 and in November 2015 we were awarded a grant to continue the project in a larger way. We invite you to read more about The Art of Life After mission and work at www.artoflifeafter.org.

LGBTQ Bereavement Support Group Forming

This 8-week group is for LGBTQ-identified adults of any age who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants in this identity-affirming space will make connections with one another as they explore the many feelings and facets of grief, foster coping skills, and support each other’s unique grief journeys toward healing. Visit the groups page for more information.

Compassionate Healing Rituals

(6-Week Series)

Thursday evenings – 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Jan 28, 2016 thru Mar 03, 2016

Compassionate Healing Ritual Series will be co-facilitated by Karuna O’Donnell and Tracy Rich Join us for a six-week journey of healing and re-parenting ourselves through meditation, breath, yoga/bodywork, chant, and ritual.The class will offer participants opportunities to identify an area of growth and healing and to receive support and tools around letting go of ways we hold on to, are stuck in, or have not yet been able to move through grief, anger, trauma,and loss.

The intent of the classes are to serve each person’s experience effectively and with care, so that they are resourced with practical and accessible tools to create and sustain a practice that leads to healing and growth.

This class is trauma informed,appropriate for all bodies,all levels(including no experience) and for those recovering from illness and injury. Through Breath, Forrest Yoga Basic Moves,Meditation, Chant,and Ritual,participants will learn to soothe their internal environment, build a connection to their physical and energetic core, increase their breath capacity, and practice compassion for themselves and others.

More about Tracy: www.compassionateparents.com and Karuna: www.karunaodonnell.com

Cost: $160 per series and space is limited.

Please reserve your spot in advance at  http://www.karunaodonnell.com/links/ or email karuna@karunaodonnell.com