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 edges cut the heart


as we break open to the place inside


which is unbreakable and whole,


while learning to sing.”      



Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care practices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people  to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way that is also healing -- a collaborative model one in which we are all students and learners. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important and is our  growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human.  

 Our goal is to nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

 Stay tuned and continue to look through the site.