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.

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.

New Family & Parenting Groups Forming

Samara Grossman, LICSW is a long-time resident of Jamaica Plain, a graduate of Smith College School of Social Work, and a proud single mother by choice to 2 wonderful children. She is currently in the process of forming two groups at The Meeting Point — one for parents, and one for those thinking about becoming parents. Her mission in these groups is to provide community and safe support and exploration space for anyone thinking about or living in alternative families, and she can be contacted at 617 431 6696

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POSTPONED – HAIR! – Call for Submissions (deadline extended)

Image by D Sharon Pruitt used under creative commons license.
Image by D Sharon Pruitt. Used under creative commons license. Original image: here

The Meeting Point is calling ALL Artists!

We seek submissions of art related to HAIR. We welcome visual two and three-dimensional art as well
as spoken word/performance art. Art will be exhibited in our community healing space starting with the Grand Opening on:

The event has been postponed. A new date will be announced when it has been determined

Please send photos of submissions in PDF format along with artist statement to erottersmann@gmail.com as soon as possible. If submission is spoken word, please submit a description of your piece.

Our virtual Flyer lives here: https://tackk.com/hairgallery, and you can also RSVP on Facebook

Fall Yoga Classes

Session 1; Tuesday evenings 6:15- 7:30 pm; September 8,15,22,29 October 6 and 13

Session 2; Saturday mornings 9:00- 10:30 am; September 12,19,26 October 3, 10 and 17

These classes are taught by Karuna O’Donnell and based on the pillars of Forrest Yoga; Breath, strength, integrity & spirit

The intent of the classes is 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 meets their personal goals.

These classes are trauma informed, appropriate for all bodies, all levels (including no experience) and for those recovering from illness and injury. Modifications will be given to support each person’s practice. Each session will combine meditation, breathing and movement practices that strengthen the ability to feel and pay attention.

By using 9 Basic Moves, participants will learn to design and soothe their internal environment, build a connection to their physical and energetic core and increase their breath capacity.

Cost~$90 per 6 week session. Space is limited,

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