"...Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person's health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory..."
"Writing Your Way to Happiness," The New York Times, January 19, 2015
facilitated by Dawn Thompson:
Community Writing Workshop for Women living with Cancer
sponsored by The Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU
Tuesday Mornings, 10am-Noon (on-going)
Location:Kohler Building, 7th Floor, Women's Health Center at OHSU
Sacred Story Workshop: From Limiting to Expansive Stories
Saturday, October 27th
Location:Confluence Clinic, downtown Portland
This workshops is open to women and men
Human beings are by nature story tellers. We tell stories to make sense of the world. We tell stories about who we are. Becoming aware of our stories gives us the power to step into the role of author of our own life. In this workshop we'll identify the limiting stories we are telling ourselves that keep us from moving forward and from realizing our full potential. Once we identify these limiting stories we can upgrade them! We can write new, more expansive stories that support our authenticity and truth. Becoming conscious authors of our stories is one of the most empowering acts we can perform, both for our own healing and wholeness and for the well-being of our collective community.
In the business of the day to day it is easy to lose touch with yourself. For how can you fully experience your life unless you have room to contemplate it? The blank page offers you a room of your own. It is a soul friend. On the page you return to yourself, gain more clarity about what you are thinking and how you are feeling. When you write you enter the realm of the inner landscape where your truth, creative vision and deep knowing live. We hope you will join us in the sacred space of the circle for a soulful evening of writing and sharing. Come gather new ideas about how to integrate writing into your day to day as a spiritual practice.
“The writers’ group is more than just an opportunity to process the cancer journey; it is a community of support and encouragement and a safe space to explore the corners of one’s heart and mind.”
– OHSU Cancer Workshop Participant, 2013
"I have been looking for a way to connect with others in “the wait.” This writingworkshop has been such a wonderful experience, a way to get to laugh and cry and be touched by the words and images we all create together every week. The safety and understanding in this circle has been invaluable to me.”
Partnership Workshops:Dawn is available to facilitate community writing workshops for specific groups, either on a weekly basis or as a one-time offering. She has led on-going workshops for caregivers through Clackamas County Social Services, workshops for elders through Willamette View Assisted Living and Health Center and Laurel Parc Assisted and Independent Living, for hospice staff at Legacy Hospice, for adults waiting to adopt or who have adopted with Open Adoption and Family Services. Dawn currently runs an on-going group for women with a cancer diagnosis through OHSU. In some cases the contracting organization pays the workshop fee and in other cases participants are responsible for workshop costs. Staff Trainings:Dawn is also available to train staff to hold writing workshops for the communities they serve.