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Ashlar Center Center is an arts driven program that began thirty years ago with a small memoir writing class and over time transformed as we responded to the trauma stories that emerged with such predictable regularity. Never spoken difficult truths that were shared directed us to focus on understanding the physiological underpinnings of trauma stress > read more...
While Expressive Arts have always been part of our work, we now give them a place of their own. This recognizes that working with art materials extends language in ways different than writing or telling and is often more appropriate and culturally sensitive in terms of the age and cultural context of the artist. read more...
More than one billion people have been affected by violence and disaster throughout the world. Many suffer paralyzing symptoms of PTSD and severe trauma. Without the trauma being resolved, they live emotionally in perpetual war or disaster - because of what has happened to the brain. But the resolution can be simple, a matter of weeks/days/hours! read more...
Our mission is to use the personal and collective story for expression, community building, bridging difference and in the process, creating a format and opportunity to heal PTSD. With a culturally sensitive, scientifically grounded approach, our facilitators are trained to educate, lead workshops and train lay-facilitators in Narrative Arts.
Giving gifts to life.
Consider this -- Balinese make beautiful handmade offerings every single day to entice, appease and appeal to the Spirits -- to keep the world in balance. To bring good fortune. To show appreciation and gratitude.
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After reading through the blogs and looking at the numbers of you who read them, we found that the blog on The Calming Breath has the most "reads." What we take from this is that you want more practical "what can we do to feel better:" sorts of blogs. Toward that end, we are beginning a series of "how to" use our arts processes for your own healing beginning with a review of The Calming Breath. Scroll through the blogs until you find it.
After going through Ashlar's educational trauma remediation and Self Care program, we ask our graduates to spend the last two sessions asking these questions: the first series are about personal exploration: what does it mean to have your life back? How and what have you gained from your experience now you are no longer locked into survival? How do you want to spend your time now your your mind is no longer a personal and private mine field? Did your family have a difficult time adjusting to your newly claimed emotional and physical clarity?
The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
We are very excited to announce the launch of the Vet 2 Vet program with and for vets suffering symptoms of traumatic stress. We are teaching vets to be Narrative Arts Specialists. Our goal is that they take what they have learned and experienced themselves to help other vets suffering symptoms of PTS. Our lead person is Jim Famalero, an artist and Afghan combat vet.
New America Media, Commentary, David Muhammad, Posted: Aug 28, 2012
I saw this at the check out desk at the hospital and was deeply touched by this:.
Do not be daunted
by the enormity of the world's grief
Do justly, now. love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
neither are you free
to abandon it!