“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”- Mary Oliver
It’s the holiday season and with the sweetness and joy, there are also social pressures and returning to family (and the family dynamics). Come return to your own heart at the close of this year. It’s easy to fall prey to the belief that we should be focusing our love on another. To put another before ourselves.The narratives and messages we receive from the dominant culture of needing another to be fulfilled are manifold, all consuming… and very limiting.
What if instead of focusing on the other, or sinking into the land of sadness if there is no other, what if we turned all that love towards ourselves? All that heat, all that intention? There is a love alive in each of us, all our own, love we can connect to with attention, presence, care, and commitment.
If we turn that love that we are often so quick to give to others on ourselves, our hearts, and what we need, what would we find? Come breath even bigger than you may have ever before. Come breathe in community to connect to yourself. Come dig up the pockets of sadness and offer them your witness. Come find the parts of you that are deep in love with every part of you. Come find the places in your that are begging to feel more alive.
Breathwork is an active meditation that helps bring attention to the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and somatic intelligence 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 It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity, and aliveness.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. 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. It is my deep desire to create a space that feels nurturing and supportive.
Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, and 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 the anthology Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), Jennifer 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 (Quarto) forthcoming in January 2020. You can find more at corpusritual.com.More