Shakespeare said, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits the o’er wrought heart and bids it break.”
In this online workshop, we’ll attempt to unknit our broken hearts as we explore grief, loss, and sorrow through writing, supported, and inspired by other modes of creative expression. Your writing process will be combined with meditation and guided visualizations along with easeful, creative movement as well as mandala creation and time in nature to supplement your creative, expressive process. Through experimentation with all these creative modalities, you’ll learn ways of beginning to unburden your heart, explore meaning-making your own way, and finding your voice in and through grief, loss, and pain. Together we’ll explore and discover creative ways to make meaning and honor your experience in grief, love, loss, and remembrance in a space where you’ll be guided through exercises and prompts to fully support you as you find the words and ways to express and explore your grief. Sharing is welcome, but not required.
In this workshop, you will:
Be guided through multiple types of prompts and exercises to explore your experiences through your writing
Explore multiple creative modes of expression to support and enhance your writing process
Practice postures and easeful meditative movement to move creative energy, access feelings in the body, further supporting your creative expression
Work with the breath and visualization to facilitate relaxation, ease pain and stimulate imaginal spaces of creativity
Be supported, if you wish, in safely sharing your writing with like-minded, like-hearted seekers
Practice writing and mandala making as a spiritual and self-exploratory practice
Learn techniques that you will be able to implement on your own for continuing your expressive process through writing and art
This workshop is taught by Karla alongside her husband and life partner, Jamie.
Karla Helbert is a licensed counselor, yoga teacher and therapist, award-winning author of Finding Your Own Way to Grieve and Yoga for Grief & Loss, and The Chakras in Grief & Trauma. She is also a bereaved mother. Her life changed after her son died of a brain tumor in 2006. She specializes in working with those affected by traumatic death. Jamie Fueglein writes every day. He holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches writing. He has taught writing classes for VCU and U of R English departments. He currently teaches fiction writing at Visual Arts Center of Richmond and holds periodic novel writing workshops. He has edited many works of fiction and non-fiction. Jamie is also a bereaved father.
Karla and Jamie are married to each other and live in Richmond VA with their daughter. They both miss and mourn their son Thelonius daily.