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An online workshop facilitated in the AWA method, offering a safe space for caregivers to connect, express themselves and experience writing with a group of peers living with both the joys and challenges that come along with caring for other(s).These workshops are designed to reduce isolation, stress and overwhelm for those who provide care on a personal level and/or as a professional care provider.
Dr. Meadow Jones received her PhD from the University of Illinois. Her dissertation “Archiving the Trauma Diaspora: Affective Artifacts in the Higher Education Arts Classroom” focused on the use of artistic and material practices in the redress of trauma. In combination with her experience as an AWA facilitator she has adapted her research and created trauma responsive curriculum and workshops. She is social practice artist, an award winning filmmaker and community organizer. Her work has been published in literary journals, peer reviewed scientific journals, poetry collections, books and chapbooks. She has facilitated arts and writing practices for diverse populations including undergraduates, artists, activists, teachers, teenagers, trauma survivors, prisoners, physicians and friends.
Mary Simmerling is a philosopher, poet, and artist. She holds a PhD in philosophy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her professional experience includes more than two decades of work in higher education and hospital administration. Mary is active in a number of nonprofit organizations in the US and Canada, including Harmony House, Immigrant Women’s Services Ottawa, and RAINN.