And then what?

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 second series of questions addresses Pay it Forward: How are you going to share knowledge and/ or work with others who need to know what you have learned? How can we improve what we do and how do you want to be included in Ashlar --  As a team member helping others/collaborating with others?  What might these collaborations look like? Do you see yourself giving presentations on the neurobiology of traumatic stress? 

 

We believe that healing doesn't end with the resolutions of symptoms of PTS but ends by rejoining the community and offering a hand up to someone who is where you used to be.  Who better than you to hear and help heal the Story once your own has been cared for?   

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.