prose poem for today

“There is a brokenness out of which comes the Unbroken,


Shatteredness out of which comes the Unshatterable. 


There is a Sorrow beyond all grief


which leads to Joy


and a Fragility out of whose depths emerges Strength. 


There is Hollow Space too vast


for words through which we pass with each loss,


out whose darkness we are sanctioned into being. 


There is a Cry


deeper that all sound


whose serrated edge cut the heart


as we break open to the place inside


which is unbreakable and whole,


while learning to sing.”      



Who We Are

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.


Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit educational organization that serves the Personal Story.

We are Peace Builders working with the individual and community.

We come to our clients by invitation and with them develop culturally relevant programs.

The goal is resiliency and capacity building.

We use spoken word, writing, arts processes and music to extend  language, to give shape, form and voice to the unspoken and make coherent the life story.  

Our goal is to empower people through their own personal work with story to work in community.

Our goal is to extend understanding toward respecting and appreciating cultural difference. 

Our desire is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement.  

We provide lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators so they can better serve community. 

While our work is highly therapeutic it is not psychotherapy.  Our processes lie closer to anthropology, and spirituality with its mythological underpinnings.

Students who dive deeply into the depths of the personal story, emerge in the human story that belongs to all of us. 

We invite you to invite us.