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Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert

Narrative Healing with Lisa Weinert Helping writers (re)connect to their bodies Born and raised in New York City, I’m one of five children and the daughter of a writer. I came of age in book culture.

I pursued publishing right out of college because I was, and still am, inspired by the power of narrative to transform.

In 2002 I began my career in the heart of investigative journalism at The Nation magazine, which was founded by abolitionists and is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. It was post-9/11 New York, and as the first web intern I got to cover anti-war protests and prot

I pursued publishing right out of college because I was, and still am, inspired by the power of narrative to transform.

In 2002 I began my career in the heart of investigative journalism at The Nation magazine, which was founded by abolitionists and is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. It was post-9/11 New York, and as the first web intern I got to cover anti-war protests and prot

Writing about our own traumas can be an opportunity to process and heal if done in a way that feels safe and honors pers...
05/24/2022

Writing about our own traumas can be an opportunity to process and heal if done in a way that feels safe and honors personal boundaries. ✍️💕

Join us THIS THURSDAY for Narrative Healing Live: Writing About Trauma to explore how to share (or not share) our story in a way that feels good, and is potentially healing both to you and your reader with Lisa Weinert and leading trauma specialist and author of "Lifting Heavy Things", Laura Khoudari.

Together they will explore practices that will help you take care of your heart and nervous system when writing about trauma. 💫
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Narrative Healing Live events are free for NH Members as $18 to attend individually. Head to narrativehealing.com/live to reserve your spot.

Shining the spotlight on @kthai6, who will be joining us as a guest teacher this summer @omegainstitute for our in-perso...
05/20/2022

Shining the spotlight on @kthai6, who will be joining us as a guest teacher this summer @omegainstitute for our in-person retreat, July 17-22!

Not only a Narrative Healing Community Member and Mastermind Alumni,
Kim Thai (she/her) is an Emmy-award-winning producer, writer, social justice advocate and mindfulness teacher. She has been published in @thecut, @newsweek, @selfmagazine; and has appeared on @mtvnews.

She is the founder of @ganeshspace, a grassroots community organization dedicated to advancing social justice through mindfulness education. These programs allow the space to reflect on the identities and biases we embody; and are specifically designed to cultivate compassionate awareness on the power and privilege each of us hold — and our capacity to create collective change through our own personal transformation. As a queer Asian woman and a proud kid of Vietnamese refugees, she shares Buddhist teachings to help people find the freedom and power that lives within themselves.

This July, guided by Lisa and her group of luminary writers, healers, and spiritual leaders (including Kim!), you will leave armed with new tools to tap into your creative voice, ready to use narrative storytelling to spark social change.

Learn more & sign up for this 5-day, in-person retreat at the link in our bio.

Today, we're shining a light on Jamia Wilson, dear friend, and guest teacher at our in-person @omegainstitute retreat th...
05/13/2022

Today, we're shining a light on Jamia Wilson, dear friend, and guest teacher at our in-person @omegainstitute retreat this July, who will be working with us to explore storytelling as community action.

Jamia is an award-winning feminist activist, writer, speaker, and podcaster. She joined Random House as vice president and executive editor in 2021. As the former director of the The Feminist Press at the The City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women's Media Center, Jamia has been a leading voice on women’s rights issues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Time the Today Show, CNN, ELLE, BBC, Rookie, Refinery29, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and Washington Post.

She is the author of This Book Is Feminist, Young, Gifted, and Black, the introduction and oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life, Big Ideas for Young Thinkers, ABC's of AOC, and the co-author of Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All.

Jamia is passionate about mission-driven organizations and serves on the Omega Institute, Feminist.com and Center for Reproductive Rights boards, and the St. Timothy's School Advisory Council. She is also the co-host of the second season of the Anthem Award-winning podcast, Ordinary Equality.

Join us July 17-22 and learn from Jamia, and and some of our favorite writers, teachers, and healers. Visit the link below to learn more and reserve your spot today. 👇

https://www.eomega.org/workshops/narrative-healing

Join us May 26, 7-8PM and learn how you can write about trauma in a supportive and intentional way. Our founder Lisa We...
05/12/2022

Join us May 26, 7-8PM and learn how you can write about trauma in a supportive and intentional way.

Our founder Lisa Weinert will be in conversation with dear friend Laura Khoudari to explore:
✨Self care practices for writing about trauma
✨Suggest Conditions to make writing a safe, healing practice
✨Suggestions for writing about trauma (and other challenging experiences)
✨How strength training and other mindful movement can support a writing practice
✨How to share your story thoughtfully, what to include and not to include

About: Laura Khoudari is Trauma-informed personal trainer and author of "Lifting Heavy Things" and member of The Narrative Healing Community. Her mission is to increase access to body-based treatment for individuals living with trauma, chronic stress, and chronic pain, in order to help them feel safe in their bodies, create the conditions for healing, improve their quality of life, and begin to thrive.

Narrative Healing Live events are free for NH Members as $18 to attend individually. Reserve your spot 👉 narrativehealing.com/live

Writing as a path towards healing is a core value at Narrative Healing and this month we’re exploring best practices to ...
05/11/2022

Writing as a path towards healing is a core value at Narrative Healing and this month we’re exploring best practices to write ABOUT and WITH trauma.❤️‍🩹

😉 There’s no one way to do this. We each hold trauma in our own way. Trauma is held in our bodies and is a relative and subjective experience. We have different lived experiences, and we are informed by different cultural norms, pressures and definitions. In addition to our current lived experiences, we each may also carry generations of trauma that we are both aware of and unaware of.

We’re offering a few ways to approach this subject as we move through the month. Lisa Weinert's weekly Narrative Healing Labs classes will offer trauma informed approaches to writing prompts, and our featured speaker in NH Live, is our very own member Laura Khoudari, a trauma expert who will offer tactical guidance. Lisa is also hosting an AMA on this topic and you can submit any thoughts or questions in the membership community. If you miss these, don’t worry, we’ll continue to archive them in our expanding library.

Head to our blog (https://bit.ly/3stj1z5) and learn more about each of these special offerings.

....and, we will have the capacity to listen to others, too.At the heart of it, a LISTENING practice is really the core ...
05/10/2022

....and, we will have the capacity to listen to others, too.

At the heart of it, a LISTENING practice is really the core of any writing practice.

Take a moment to breath and listen to any story you might be holding in your body.

Trauma has been a lightening rod for many creatives in finding their voice.  Artist Guadalupe Maravilla has come to view...
05/05/2022

Trauma has been a lightening rod for many creatives in finding their voice. Artist Guadalupe Maravilla has come to view his cancer as a source of inspiration, transforming his practice from more performative works to creating spiritually powerful sculptures designed to heal.

With two current exhibits at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, we're inspired by how his sculptures amplify the powers of vibrational sound as a form of healing.

"I was always invested in learning about ancient ways of healing,” he said. “But before the illness I didn’t know how to do it.” Now a trained sound healer, Maravilla holds therapeutic workshops for undocumented immigrants, cancer patients, and those in need.

Have you tried vibrational therapy as a tool for healing? What was your experience?
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About: Guadalupe Maravilla, formerly known as Irvin Morazan (born 1976) is a transdisciplinary visual artist, choreographer, and healer. At the age of eight, Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, Maravilla became a U.S. citizen and adopted the name Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgment to his past, Maravilla grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts belonging to undocumented communities and the cancer community.

Celebrating another ✨first✨ over here!Looking forward to our inaugural community gathering this Friday at 1 PM EST.Our i...
05/03/2022

Celebrating another ✨first✨ over here!

Looking forward to our inaugural community gathering this Friday at 1 PM EST.

Our intention is to make new connections, deepen existing friendships, explore our Monthly Theme, Community Action & anything else Narrative Healing on your mind. This is your monthly opportunity to connect with fellow members face to face, bringing us all back to basics to connect in an authentic and supportive way 💕

Want to join? Current members can visit the event tab in the community, click Community Gathering, and RSVP today.

Not a member yet? Visit narrative-healing.mn.co to learn more.

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As Earth Month and Poetry Month converge, we're shining the light on the groundbreaking poetry anthology "Black Nature: ...
04/29/2022

As Earth Month and Poetry Month converge, we're shining the light on the groundbreaking poetry anthology "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African-American Nature Poetry".

Editor Camille T. Dungy, calls her book a first of its kind. The nearly 200 poems in the anthology reach back to the mid-1700s, but Dungy says people rarely think of black poets as writing in a genre that brings to mind having the leisure -- and time -- to contemplate a field of flowers. But she also notes "Landscape and language aren’t particularly easy to separate."

"It makes us rethink what it means to be Black and how we might see the world. And so poems like this, I think, are really fun in that you come to them thinking one thing and you leave thinking another. And I'm hoping that through the course of the book, that will happen to you as well."

The anthology features major writers including Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents like @Douglas.Kearney, @poetmajorjackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements.

"There are so many things that were about sustenance," @camilledungy says. "If we look at history and say, well, black people can only write about the natural world and think about slavery or think about being a runaway, you forget that other component -- that there has always been promise and survival in the natural world. That some people knew where to look and how to look. And so that is as much a part of these poems: the hope and the potential for a real connection and collaboration, as much as this devastating and horrible history, is there."

What a joy it’s been celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth with some incredible, original poems from our community members.To...
04/27/2022

What a joy it’s been celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth with some incredible, original poems from our community members.

Today, we're thrilled to share “Let Go and Begin Again" by Kim Thai. Swipe 👉 to read her full piece.

Kim is a Narrative Healing Community Member and Mastermind Alumni! An Emmy-award winning producer, writer, activist, and mindfulness teacher, Kim is also the founder of GaneshSpace - a grassroots community (501c3 non-profit) organization dedicated to advancing social justice through mindfulness education. She has written for Fortune, Newsweek, USA TODAY, AP and The Cut among many others.

PS - We've had so much fun sharing these poems with you, and we wish every month was poetry month, so we're going to continue sharing these original pieces regularly as part of a new series from our community members.

THIS THURSDAY! Join our founder Lisa Weinert in conversation with dear friend and beloved writing teacher Nancy Slonim A...
04/26/2022

THIS THURSDAY! Join our founder Lisa Weinert in conversation with dear friend and beloved writing teacher Nancy Slonim Aronie as they discuss her new book "Memoir as Medicine" (New World Library, March 2022).

Together they'll discuss:
✨ The healing power of writing your own life story - no matter how messy, imperfect or unruly it may be
✨The role of personal writing to heal from grief, loss, joy, love, and everything else that life throws our way.
✨How to jumpstart your memoir
✨The joy of sharing work in community

Narrative Healing Live events are free for NH Members as $18 to attend individually. Visit narrativehealing.com/live to reserve your spot.
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MORE ABOUT NANCY
Nancy is a legendary teacher and a true healing force. She has inspired writers and non writers alike to tap into their heart, speak their truth for decades at places like @kripalucenter, @omegainstitute, @essalen and her home base The Chilmark Writing Studio in #MarthasVineyard

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Founded by Lisa Weinert in 2016, Narrative Healing is a program that combines meditation, yoga, and writing to help writers (re)connect to their bodies, and feel empowered to launch their work into the world. We offer personalized holistic literary coaching, as well as unique group workshops, retreats, courses and immersions through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Wesleyan University, and The Authors Guild and others.

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