There is something so very beautiful about being in a room with others, listening to pens scratch the pages, hearing words so often held inside, spoken out loud. Home Words creates a space of intimate gathering where one feels less alone.
– (Claire, HW1 trainee)
From 2017-2018, the Home Words Project(1) (phase 1) trained an intergenerational group of Salt Spring writers in the healing art of personal storytelling, using the four practices of Writing Alone together (2). Trainees then facilitated new writing groups with diverse populations on Salt Spring and in Victoria. Writing and sharing their words in a safe space nurtured writers’ individual growth, fostered supportive connections and cultivated a sense of belonging and resilience.
During 2018-2019, Home Words 2 expands the reach of this transformative arts- based process by training practitioners in the social services on Salt Spring Island to facilitate this model with their existing client groups.
We are currently inviting practitioners who work with youth and mental health, youth violence prevention, adults dealing with mental health, island families, First Nations, and victims of violence to participate in this new training. Training takes place Saturday, and Sunday, November 17 – 18, 2018, 10am-5pm in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.
For further information and to apply, please contact Yael Wand, project administrator at 250-537-0899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is supported by:
1 supported by the Salt Spring Arts Council, B.C. Arts Council, School District 64 and the Salt Spring Foundation.
2 based on the book Writing Alone Together; Journalling in A Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014, Butterfly Press.) Wendy Judith Cutler, Lynda Monk and Ahava Shira