Heal Her

Heal Her is a global action for the healing and prevention of sexual violence. Meeting in talking circles worldwide, we create rituals for transformative storytelling, consciousness-raising, empathetic listening, and collective healing. Working with artistic facilitators, therapists, and healers, we provide creative and holistic methods for addressing sexual trauma. Trauma may be caused by a myriad of factors (violence, migration, natural disaster, etc.) and leave lasting consequences for the victim and the community. In a series of workshops and talking circles, we explore how to take back power over our personal mythology through developing a political movement and spiritual practices inclusive of trauma survivors.

 

Opening Ritual with Heal Her Participatory Art Installation
Merging participatory art and performance, we co-create a shrine or mandala installation from natural and found materials and conduct an opening and closing ritual to restore our connection to our bodies, to nature, and to our collective story. Over the course of two years we have collected flowed and other organic offerings from people taking part in Heal Her talking circles. We ask people who would like to participate to bring a small organic offering like a flower, a weed, a pine cone, a piece of fruit etc, as a symbol for the pain/trauma they wish to let go off. We encase their offering in a handmade brick and we built a structure out of it that will exist for the course of Artlake Festival.

Heal Her Facilitator Expressive Arts Immersive Training: Scattering the Seeds/Tending the Gardens with Suzan Lemont & Lena Chen
In this immersive 4-hour training, participants can learn how to use Heal Her’s workshop format to organize their own talking and storytelling circles using multi-modal arts methods. After the training, they gain access to Heal Her’s self-organized, decentralized network of artists, facilitators, and activists whose best practices will be shared in a facilitation guide with holistic and creative methods for addressing trauma.

Art of Goddess Worship: Amulets, Charms, & Talismans with Aggie Davies
A workshop on crafting personal talismans and mini-shrines for luck, protection, and power.
The practice of goddess worship goes back to ancient times. Female deities were once honored in prayer and ritual to promote fertility and good harvest for the entire community. Today, goddesses act as both spiritual guides and psychological archetypes that help us better understand ourselves, our connection to others, and our relationship to the Earth.

Everyday Guides: Tarot, Visual Card Imagery, Mythmaking & Storytelling with Suzan Lemont
Using Tarot and other card decks which contain symbolic images we’ll discover that you don’t have to know the prescribed meanings to any of them to use them in a system of guidance and increased awareness, as the inherent symbolism in these mini works of art automatically tap into our own creative power for personal myth-making and creativity. Images are useful and powerful even when words fail us.

Safe Space Storytelling Workshop & Circle for Survivors of Violence
Meeting in talking circles worldwide, Heal Her creates rituals for transformative storytelling, consciousness-raising, empathetic listening, and collective healing. Working with artistic facilitators, therapists, and healers, we provide creative and holistic methods for addressing sexual trauma. At Artlake, we will offer a safe space where people can share their stories in an atmosphere of support.

Closing Ritual
Merging participatory art and performance, we co-create a shrine or mandala installation from natural and found materials and conduct an opening and closing ritual to restore our connection to our bodies, to nature, and to our collective story.