Free – $30.00
Reclaiming Your Life – Supporting Your Self
The Caregiver Writing Project – Offered through the Amherst Writers and Artists.
The Caregiver Project is an online writing workshop in the Amherst Method (AWA) for those who, in providing care for another or for others, may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed and/or burned out.
AWA offers the Caregiver Project – a writing workshop – to help cope with isolation and stress, and to support your healthful self-care practices.
The Caregiver Project is a chance to experience writing in a group with peers who deal with similar challenges every day. It allows you to connect, to express yourself and to affirm, through bearing witness and having your own writing listened to, that you are absolutely not alone.
The facilitators of this session are Sue Reynolds and Dr. Meadow Jones.
Sue Reynolds is a psychotherapist, a writer and a writing facilitator passionate about the Amherst Writers and Artists method. She is both past president of the Writers Community of Durham Region and past vice-president of the national Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (Canada’s version of the AWP). She has served on the board of AWA since 2014. For thirteen years she led writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre, a program for which she received the 2007 June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. Through workshops, international retreats, sanctuaries and courses, Sue helps writers dig deep to mine their own authentic treasure.
Dr. Meadow Jones received her PhD from the University of Illinois. Her dissertation Archiving the Trauma Diaspora: Affective Artifacts in the Higher Education Arts Classroom focused on the use of artistic and material practices in the redress of trauma. She was trained in the AWA method in 2011 and has served on the board of directors since 2019. In combination with her experience as an AWA facilitator she has adapted her research and created arts and designed based trauma responsive curriculum and workshops. She is social practice artist, an award winning filmmaker, community organizer, and dharma student in a Buddhist seminary. Her work has been published in literary journals, peer reviewed scientific journals, poetry collections, books and chapbooks. She has facilitated arts and writing practices for diverse populations including undergraduates, artists, activists, teachers, teenagers, trauma survivors, prisoners, physicians and friends.