Tuesday, October 30th -- Breathwork for Self Forgiveness
with Jennifer Patterson
“Do you feel consumed by guilt and shame?
Are you overwhelmed and misled by harmful inner voices?
Are you untrusting of your body and your emotions?
Have you lost connection to our inner wisdom?
Do you feel stuck in a loop?
Many, if not most of us have experienced trauma: harm at the hands of other people, struggles in our bodies and minds that make us feel angry with or ashamed of ourselves, and more. In the aftermath (and especially if it is ongoing), we often find ourselves internalizing and replicating harmful internal narratives. We learn to doubt ourselves and what we know. These narratives can grow like wildfire, disconnecting us from ourselves. If the harm was done by another, people around us might be telling us we need to forgive others in order to move on but what if forgiveness of another feels impossible? Perhaps then, we can begin with ourselves— forgiving ourselves. In this workshop with the breath, we will dive deeply into our bodies to feel what they are holding onto, to find the root of shame and other harmful patterns as we reconnect to our inner wisest selves.
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 It connects us to the outdated stories we carry while reconnecting us to joy, clarity, creativity and aliveness.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.
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, 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. She has facilitated writing and Breathwork workshops at places like Maha Rose, Juniper, LGBTQ centers, a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, veterans hospitals, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?, and at colleges and universities. She is the editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), lectures across the country, and has had writing published in places like OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press with the first issue out in January 2017. 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.