Women of The World; a summit

Early last spring, we  (Andrea Steffens, executive director and Wendy Hawkins, operations director)  attended The Women in the World summit.  



We were deeply moved -- to tears constantly --  by the depth and incredible bravery of women in the world -- very well produced and created by women who care about women. It included people like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Christiane Amanpour and other well known people -- but wait... it wasn't about them, about the celebrities, it was about their commitment to the unknown women and girls who are committed to change even where it is dangerous and there are few resources.  The presence of celebrities brings public attention that is otherwise impossible to acheive. The profits from this event goes to the WITW foundation that supports the work of unknown women and girls (some as young as fifteen years old) who, for example, risk death as they fight for young girls desire for education. We want to thank the women who created this event -- Tina Brown for starters -- they didn't have to do do it.  

So look at the you-tube insert below and Google Women in The World to see the ten or twelve video clips of speakers and panels at the summit. If you come away with a dry eye or without being inspired, write us.  

We will be going next year and hope to see you there.



Who We Are

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.         

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit peace building organization that serves the Personal Story. We find that peace is a possibility the more we know ourselves and each other through narrative. We work by invitation with individuals and communities to create culturally relevant programs.  The initial program is to give form to the  personal story with and additional program of Self-care to sustain gains made in the storytelling process. The goal is resiliency and capacity building.

We use writing, spoken word, arts processes and music in the belief that all arts extend language in ways especially in creating the coherent personal story.  We start with a very specific approach to aid people in giving  voice and image to the individual story which is then extended, explored and contained in the family story -- immediate and trans-generational  -- always referring back to the collective historical context in which our stories are held. these stories are then posted in multiple platforms in the belief that as we begin to know the personal story, we find the human story that belongs to all of us.

Our goal is to empower people  to work in community in order to transcend the suffering that results from adverse events and conditions. Our goal is to extend understanding and respect cultural practices: we are very interested in how different communities and cultures meet the challenges of being human.  

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

We provide lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities. 

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

We invite you to invite us.