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

We believe that those who dive deeply into the personal story will emerge in the human story.  

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. 

Our goal is to create the global story of war as experienced through women and children.

Our desire is to nurture relationship, encourage learning, healing  and teaching by exploring and telling the personal and collective Story.

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

The goal is building resiliency and capacity through the story telling process and creating a relevant Self-Care program. 

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

Our purpose is to give these stories public exposure across platforms.  

While our work is highly therapeutic it is not psychotherapy.

Our processes lie closer to anthropology, and spirituality with their mythological underpinnings.

We invite you to invite us.

Cruise the web page and stay tuned.