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Healing Trauma with Poetry: After the Hellfire —
September 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am MDT
Join Dr. Bowman who will use poetry and visual imagery to share ways for incorporating an appreciation of the arts to help heal our personal and collective trauma. Throughout history humankind has turned to the creative arts to heal the psychological, social and cultural wounds of trauma. Artists have sung ballads of sorrow, painted canvases of rage and penned novels turning suffering into wisdom.
the short night
after the hellfire
the day breaks
After his house was burned down in an air raid, a Japanese citizen used three simple lines of haiku to share his juxtapositional experience of a descent into hell with the dawn of a new day. Clients and counselors make the same creative leap with psychotherapy; between then and now, burning and beauty. Deborah will use historic and contemporary examples of haiku to illustrate the healing power of poetry. Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt Therapist and has been in private practice for 36 years. She is a retired Naropa University professor where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs. She initiated the development of the Art Therapy program and the Naropa Community Counseling center. She is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. Deborah enjoys birdwatching and writing haiku. The workshop will be held at her office 2830 Darley Avenue in Boulder.