Have Deborah Friedson speak at your next event.
Workshop 1 ~ Living an authentic life through compassion and acceptance
“While you had the chance to live, did you become your true self?”
–Michael Meade, renowned author and story teller
When we fill our lives with so much activity we can lose touch with our “authentic” selves. When we don’t take care of ourselves, we can feel overwhelmed and exhausted. When we long to find a place to fit, we often do not even realize how much of our passionate, real and expressive self we have pushed away. To become who we really are, we need to release uncomfortable feelings in a hope to find optimism, acceptance and serenity. Our wounds are actually pathways to our hidden gifts.
The Woman with the Elephant Heart is the story of my personal journey to self-discovery and healing. Though this is the path that I personally traveled, it is representative of any woman’s path: the individual journey that too many women feel they are walking alone. My book is not just about my experiences, but is also an expression of the commonly felt feelings that those experiences evoked. It pulls from bonds shared within the hearts of other women.
My workshop utilizes my artwork (both in the book and in my paintings) to offer hope, kinship and comfort for women who have to cope with things that cannot be fixed: such as facing a life with unexpected change, or experiencing a pain too large to bear. The workshop is structured to help you to find your own voice. I use my illustrations as a catalyst for your inner journey or as validation and support for the path that you continue to travel.
In the workshop we discuss our personal struggles and vulnerabilities. Participants then spend time working with various media to help them find their way on their own journeys. The particulars of each workshop can be catered to the needs of the participants. The goal of the workshop is to:
~ support emotional healing through creative expression for those living with pain, fear, loss or stress
~ promote women’s spirituality and the search for a purposeful and meaningful life
~ empower women’s voices
~ embrace forgiveness
~ accept where you are now, and acknowledge your vulnerable self
~ welcome love and joy back into your life
” Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. ”
– Lousia May Alcott, American Novelist
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