The Medicine of Music, Plants, Nursing, Writing, and Translation: Goddard Students’ Workshops at the Fall 2017 Residency

Call and Response – Finding the Music Inside Us, with IMA returning student, Tim Simmons. From our very beginnings, music has been part of what define us as humans. We sing and dance to express our joy and our sadness. Music moves us, both physically and emotionally. Music empowers us to be heard in our most vibrant and essential selves, and our most vulnerable. Bursting forth from silence, music expresses what we can’t say in words.

“Comfort Quest”- Exploring Pain through a Positive Lens, with HAS returning student Lisa Evers. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates. Attempting to numb our pain is not yielding the desired results in society today- pain continues, addiction rages, and people are dying! I feel that our current Pain Scale may be fueling the opioid crisis because we treat pain as the enemy and try to silence it. Returning from the EDGE of this philosophy, I am offering a new Vision- “Comfort Quest” where energy will be focused on understanding pain’s messages and empowering the body to heal. Join me and experience this process “hands on”. We will begin with a brief survey (voluntary participation), move to an educational component, and finally work through our own discomfort in a more creative & positive fashion- exploring body, mind and spirit causes and remedies. Pain is intense and complex; yet there is so much more to flourishing as human beings beyond simply not feeling pain. Let’s change our perspective, empower our body/minds and embrace comfort as we release our hidden blocks to vitality.

Embodied Plant Medicine, with returning HAS student, Stefania Patinella. Healers and medicine people across history and culture have used direct, embodied communication with plants to tap into the powerful medicine they hold for the human body, mind and spirit. In this workshop, we will practice such direct knowing by tasting an extraction of a medicinal herb and using our senses, intuition, heart and imagination to listen to and learn something about it. The plant will be unknown to you so you can approach it without preconceived ideas. We will then share our individual experiences as a group, and begin to weave a collective story about this plant’s medicine. Finally, I will reveal the name of the herb and talk about its materia medica–its history of use, medicinal qualities, origin, botany and folklore–so we can tie our personal experiences into the plant’s wider tradition.

Shomriel Sherman with fellow study Tracy Murphy

Letters to the Young Ones, with IMA-TLA returning student Shomriel Sherman. This workshop will be an invitation for us to gather together in fierce love and honor for the children within and among us. We will use this time to write about issues that are weighing heavily on our hearts, framing our writing as if to a child, whether this be an actual child or our younger self. This writing can take different forms, including but not limited to letters, poems, fairy tales or fables, and two-way conversations. The important thing is that we will not be attempting to intellectually address large and complex problems but instead to access a deeper wisdom, feeling into the fear, grief, and joy that surround and enliven our experiences and relationships.

Navigating Edges and Voids: Translation as Transformation, with IMA returning student Ray Saxon. Translation isn’t necessarily the literal translation of one language into another. Translation can be a more abstract process of communication, transformation, and acknowledgement that something is lost as well as gained. This workshop will explore this wider concept of translation as the communication of perception, and the navigation of edges and voids in understanding. Translation represents a dialogue between theory and practice, so we’ll begin by discussing how topics in translation theory apply to our wider definition of translation, and then explore these theories in practice by working through a series of interactive prompts. This will be an opportunity to examine what we think we know, why we think we know it, and how translation can transform not just the ideas we’re trying to communicate, but our own understanding of them.

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