Description: We often view healing as an external, outside remedy that is given to us. However, in this workshop we will explore writing as a tool for listening deeply to ourselves and others. Deep listening can serve as a way of seeing more fully, leading to a path of healing. We’ll start with examining Healing and all its varied external meanings and perceptions. Then we will hold the space of quietness and meditate to clear our minds and see what emerges from our stillness. What is the story that the quiet tells us? We’ll write from this space as well as generate lists and prompts that can be used later for writing and creative exploration. In the middle we’ll hear from other BiPOC writers who have delved into their truths and shed light on their healing and that of our collective healing in general. Led by Didi Koka. Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Instructor bio: Didi Koka is a poet, physician and practitioner. She has been a family physician in community medicine in the Twin Cities for 20 years, serving as Medical Director of Hennepin Healthcare East Lake clinic for 10 of those years. She holds a MFA in poetry from Hamline University and has participated in many readings about town including Heal the Earth Poetry Collective, Cracked Walnut festivals and Literary Peace Series. She is part of the Red Bird Chapbook board and community. She is a buddhist practitioner. She was a children’s practice teacher of mindfulness and meditation for many years and currently helps facilitate BiPOC meditation sitting groups. She has published poems in the redbird broadside series and Minnesota Medicine Magazine.