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Wound Dwelling: Writing + Breathing with Out Bodies

Learn expressive and embodied practices that will help you re-energize your mind and body, reconnect with your community and yourself, restore your spirit, and renew your sense of play and imagination.

Course Objective

Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Understand, through experience, the power of reconnecting to your breath as a tool for befriending the nervous system
  • Unearth writing as a somatic tool for translating the stories of your body
  • Deeper compassion for traumatic of difficult experiences you might be holding in your body
  • Utilize somatic practices for meeting self-abandonment head on
  • Bring new breath and life to old, embodied narratives

Course Outline

“This is why I write: to unfold the electrical mat of my nervous system. The nerves all blue, red and yellow with flaring nodes. This is my cyborg text. It is planar. It is a substitute for other forms or speech, or intimacy.”
--Bhanu Kapil


What does it mean to have deep wounds that are almost beyond language? Beyond words? What does it mean to always try to find words anyway? How can we move into this writing the unwritable, this way of knowing that is in the deep well of the body?

This workshop will explore breathwork followed by automatic writing with the intention of reconnecting to our bodies as well as the stories living within and beyond them. We will start out with a multi-part active breath practice as a way of breathing through and with whatever arises; then moving into a prompted writing practice. This breath practice is a powerful tool for getting beyond our critical minds and writing blocks and into the fuller expanse of story and wisdom held in our bodies.

Please bring your snacks, your tea or water, a notebook and pen (or laptop works too!), your pillows or blankets for comfort. Whatever will help you feel supported in this deep work is welcome.

Please join us if you struggle to write, if you struggle to make sense of the trauma you’ve experienced, if you feel disconnected from your body or if you’re feeling ready to come back home into yourself. Please join if you want to dive more deeply into the stories you are holding, if you want to start a writing practice or even just want to try it once. There is room for you here with us.

Jennifer Patterson

Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, and words to explore survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her private practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Network as well as a featured teacher in a couple of their training and education programs. She has facilitated workshops at healing centers, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, at colleges and universities, veterans hospitals, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center. She is the author of The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Wellbeing (Quarto). Editor of the anthology Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), Jennifer speaks across the country, and has had writing published in places like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, 580 Split, OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Nat. Brut, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She was also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press. A graduate of Goddard College’s MA program, Jennifer is finishing a book project focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. You can find more at corpusritual.com.

Jennifer Patterson

Wound Dwelling: Writing + Breathing with Out Bodies

$30.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Presentation

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds for online courses. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the course, please direct your inquiry to Casey at [email protected]

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