Workshops

WORKSHOPS

Walking Out of Depression

In this training depression is understood as a painful separation from the true self. I am offering a four-week training for practitioners who want to learn how to use poetry and writing as a holistic method to guide their clients out of depression and into living a life that is value-based. Throughout the trainings practitioners will learn the ins and outs of the four paths:

First Path: Dwell in the house of the self
Compassionate self-examination is an effective return path to the true self. The first step in overcoming depression is to get past the fear of exposing the distortions and lies that the self hides behind. This portion of the training explores pretenses and their role in sustaining depressive episodes.
Second Path: Cultivate and preserve kindness toward the self
This path helps clarify the negative self-perceptions and ways of approaching them with openness as well as compassionate towards the self. It opens up ways to facilitate dialogue between the inner voices. This is in order to eliminate self-loathing and self-inflicted pain.
Third Path: Use Discernment to understand your story
Our lives are made up of stories, but we are not only those stories. This path explores creativity as a way to practice discernment and how it involves stepping into the unknown. It takes a close look at the fear of the unknown and its role in maintaining depression. This path of discernment is the way out.
Fourth Path: Practice Transformative Thinking and Writing
This fourth path explores how the act or practice of writing allows us to reinvent ourselves in many different ways. What we know now about neuroplasticity is that we are always changing, always growing; that is the green energy. It’s all about recognizing the potential for freedom by learning to embrace changing perspectives. The power of transformation begins right at that moment when we are willing to challenge our own assumptions.

Writing Out Our Voices: A Workshop for Adolescent Girls

This gender specific workshop invites young women to explore common developmental issues such as dating, body image, anger, social identity and relational images. Most importantly through reading poems relevant to the topic they will find their way into writing their own poems to express their thoughts on womanhood. Participants will read contemporary writers whose work is relevant to their journeys.

As a culmination of this workshop participants are invited to perform their poetry in front of a supportive and understanding audience. Adolescents will also learn new ways to teach others about adolescence and to dismantle stereotypes

Therapeutic Relating Through Deep Listening

A workshop for clinicians intended to offer an overview on empathy and deep/ therapeutic listening.  This workshop draws from Relational Cultural Theory, Deep Listening and Mindfulness Meditation to illustrate easy-to-follow techniques to fine-tune therapeutic skills.

The following are its key components:

  • Basics of Deep/Therapeutic Listening
  • Embodied Listening
  • Basics of Relational Cultural Theory

Embodied Writing: Letting the Body Speak Through the Senses

Embodied Writing is a way of writing that “seeks to reveal the lived experience of the body by portraying in words the finely textured experience of the body and evoking sympathetic resonance in readers” (Anderson, 2001).  In other words, EW is about capturing what needs to be said in a way that elicits “sympathetic resonance” (natural response through which a reader “vibrates” with empathy with the writer) in the reader. The writer becomes the very thing he/she is describing (e.g. write as if you are your anxiety in order to understand your anxiety).  EW requires the use of the five senses, and of “showing” not “telling” when writing.

Rooting: A workshop in writing as spiritual practice

We will write to reach higher levels of consciousness. Rooting is the act of grounding oneself in reality as well as unearthing the subterranean. It invites us to face and embrace our outer and inner experiences and write from the depth of our selves.

I will create a safe environment for sharing and receiving feedback throughout the workshop. You will be invited to write continuously during and outside the sessions.

Rooting is informed by what Rosemarie Anderson calls embodied writing and by contemplative/mindful practices.

Insight Writing: Writing as meditation

This workshop looks at the spiritual path as a healing journey, a journey that brings us back to wholeness and our deepest connection to our essence. Participants are invited to relax into a topic and meditate through writing how the topic is transforming them as they relax. They are invited to set their intentions to find ways to deepen their understanding of themselves.

Through writing, participants examine their interconnection with all the inner and outer aspects of their lives. 

Participants will leave the workshop with tools for solo writing, a better understanding of themselves and an excellent selection of poetry that calls the mind to quiet in a personal retreat.

Writing the Cross-Cultural Experience

In this experiential/didactic workshop participants write true-to-life depictions of their experiences interacting with and adjusting to a different culture. The writing is intended to allow readers or listeners to feel the writer’s feelings.  More to the point, we attempt to capture the many transformations the soul undergoes in cultural adaptation.

A rich selection of poems on the experience of encountering ourselves in the context of the other will be made available.

This workshop is designed to help participants explore their relationships to their culture of origin, and to see how that culture can expand beyond a racial or ethnic identity, transcending and including it.  Participants will be provided with a series of poems on the topic of identity to elicit discussions on how we are more than a name, a language, and cultural practices. The workshop is informed by mindfulness, poetry therapy, and the concept of spirituality as an all- encompassing practice.

The Sacred Feminine in the Taino Culture

This workshop is the result of Dr. Medrano’s research on the spirituality of the Taíno people of the Dominican Republic. She invites participants to dive into the depth and breadth of Taino spirituality, seeking archetypes and mirrors to reflect on their wholeness. The workshop is offered in the spirit of reclaiming the old integrated way of male and female energies to navigate the complicated waters of today’s world.

This workshop helps us get closer to the image of the Divine Mother for which we hunger. It promotes a reconnection with our deepest instinct, and our innate ability to create life.  Participants immerse themselves in the wisdom of the feminine to see how intuition and compassion are two strong forces that could potentially change the world for the better.  They learn how to utilize their innate ability to be in relationship and to nurture others.

Participants in this workshop learn about 5 Taíno deities: Atabey, Itiba Cahubaba, Mama Jicotea (Caguama), Guabonito, and Guabancex. Through group discussion and writing, participants find ways to incorporate the wisdom of these deities in day-to-day life.   Through learning about these taíno archetypes participants explore how the sacred feminine values and beliefs, such as empathy, nurturance, compassion, among many others, have been replaced by a dominant masculine culture of individuation and power thirst, which can deter them from finding their true identity.