Writing our truth can be difficult, but telling our stories also offers profound possibility for healing and integration. Current research shows that the ability to construct meaningful stories from our lives has an important impact on our health and well-being.
In this day-long workshop, we’ll explore our stories through a variety of lenses. Responding to guided writing prompts, crafting short narratives, and reflecting on some of the difficult and joyful moments of our lives, we’ll consider how story can be a source of personal insight and supportive healing. The workshop structure will include both individual and small group activities, and will be supported by embodied-wellness activities like meditation, therapeutic yoga, and breathwork to anchor us more deeply into our experience. We’ll also consider how the various layers of our identities shape our stories of being in the world. Themes we will
explore together include ideas of being at home in our bodies, belonging, and connection to ourselves and others.
The workshop is designed as a safe and supportive space to begin exploring the stories of your life. No prior writing or yoga experience is necessary. The emphasis of the day will be on gentle discovery and process.
~Please note: This workshop involves light movement like yoga; please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that allows for freedom of movement and bring a yoga mat if possible. There will be a limited number of yoga mats available for those that need them.
This event is also catered, and a limited number of bursaries are available for those whom the workshop fee would be a barrier.
** We are currently experiencing some issues with online payments due to some regulatory issues with PayPal. Please send us a cheque or money order to PEI Writers' Guild, 81 Prince Street, Charlottetown PEI C1A4R3, or send us an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org with the security response "Workshop". THANK YOU! **
Trevor Corkum's novel The Electric Boy is set to debut with Doubleday Canada. An award-winning writer, educator, scholar, and editor, he has facilitated workshops and lectured across Canada and around the world. His fiction, essays, journalism appear in periodicals such as the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, and his work has been recognized with nominations for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, the Western Magazine Award for Personal Journalism, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Nonfiction Prize. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. A current PhD student in Adult
Education at the University of Toronto, his research uses narrative and storytelling to explore ideas of home, belonging, and identity in a globalized world. He divides his time between Toronto and the South Shore of PEI.
Joshua Lewis is a seasoned yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher known for offering private and group classes, workshops and retreats that encourage safe and compassionate inquiry into the pulsating experience of life--on and off the mat. His calm and supportive guidance is sought after by students of all level, age and life experience, knowing that he teaches humbly and with deep respect for each individual’s personal practice. Joshua has been teaching since 2009 and has completed over 500 hours of training in various styles of yoga. In particular, his studies of hatha yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga and Eastern philosophy have informed and inspired the therapeutic approach that define his offerings. Committed to lifelong learning, Joshua is drawn to somatic movement practices that incorporate the biomechanics of intelligent movement and alignment while drawing on the long traditions of Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and therapeutic ball rolling practices. Joshua is also currently studying to become a psychodynamic psychotherapist with the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling program. Joshua divides his time between Toronto and the South Shore of PEI.