with Jennifer Patterson
Are you feeling blocked creatively?
Is it hard to get your creative practice flowing?
Do you need to get the spark of creative flow back?
Whether you identify as a creative person or artist or whether you’re looking to begin a creative practice, this workshop is for you. Come breathe into your whole body to witness the stories living in it and to unlock traumatic or difficult experiences that have your creative energy all tangled up.
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 It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity, and aliveness.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. It is supportive of moving with and through deep trauma, emotional pain, grief, physical pain, panic and more.
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. There will be incense, essential oil blends and a playlist as additional tools but the breath is the medicine.
Please note: Breathwork stirs up deep emotional experiences with the intention of lightening your load. It is my deep desire to create a space that feels nurturing and supportive. If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy or have experienced a traumatic brain injury, with accompanying seizures, best to ask your doctor first.
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 and Breathwork for Recovery. She facilitates writing and breathwork workshops at healing centers, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, veterans hospitals, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, at colleges and universities, and in the past, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center. She is the 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 OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Nat. Brut, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire with new publications forthcoming. 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.