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The Soul’s Mycelium: a WTR Grief Ritual with Héctor Aristizabal

April 6, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Jo delAmor

Event Overview

Drawing inspiration from ways in which he has applied the Truth Mandala in the context of Reconectando in Colombia, Hector Aristizabal will guide us in a profound exploration of re-signifying soul wounds through communal ritual, mirroring the regenerative nature of mycelium in the forest. How do we explore the power of shared narratives to breathe new life into personal and community struggles? Much like the mycelium, which draws sustenance from decomposing matter to nurture new growth, we will emphasize the potential for meaning and growth to emerge from the depths of our individual and collective challenges. By embracing the cyclical nature of growth and decay, this ritual invites a deeper understanding of how our wounds can become the fertile ground for profound personal and communal evolution.

This will be an interactive ritual and will not be recorded. Please only register if you are available to attend live and engage in the process.

If you are in China and find that you are having issues accessing the registration form and please contact Helen Sui to register for this event.

Héctor Aristizabal combines his experience as a psychotherapist, with his artistic work and activism. During his exile he worked in war zones and post-conflict using theater of the oppressed and other methodologies to explore alternatives to conflict and for the creation of community healing rituals. For many years, his work focused on training psychosocial teams in more than 50 countries such as Nepal, India, China, Northern Ireland, Senegal, Ukraine, Croatia, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and especially Syria and Colombia. In 2017 he returned to his native Colombia and with WTR practitioner Helena ter Ellen developed Reconectando a project that accompanied the work of The Truth Commission using deep ecology, social theater and healing rituals while working with victims, ex-combatants and others involved in the war. He is also co-founder of DreamingAction dedicated to creating a bridge between the best social and organizational practices. Hector was honored with the prestigious Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and he is co-author with Diane Lefer of The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation.


April 6, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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