Are there places in your life where you have learned to play small, to not take up your rightful size? Are you ready to push past the fear of being seen and into a deeper trust in yourself? Are you ready to remember that you are a wildly complex and expansive human that deserves to feel fully alive and in your power?
Come clear the energetic and emotional cobwebs and reconnect with the bounty that is very much alive in you. Come breath even bigger and more deeply than you may have ever before. Come breathe in community while connecting to yourself. Come dig up the pockets of grief and offer them your witness. Come forgive yourself for playing small for so long. Come find the parts of you that are deeply in love with every part of you begging to feel that love returned. Come give yourself permission to expand and grow.
Breathwork is an active meditation that helps bring attention to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and somatic experiences and intelligence living in our bodies. It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity, okayness, and aliveness. The practice 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. There’s a very good chance you will leave feeling more at ease and in love with yourself.
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 to navigate. 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 and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her private practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Network, Breathwork for Recovery, and allbodies. She facilitates writing and breathwork workshops at healing centers, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, at colleges and universities, and in the past, veterans hospitals, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center. editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), speaks across the country, and has had writing published in places like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, 580 Split, 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. She is the author of The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Well-being (Fair Winds Press) forthcoming in January 2020. You can find more at corpusritual.com.More