Inter-Act Theater organizes a workshop on bereavement | Spare News
A free five-day bereavement workshop is hosted by Inter-Act Theater in October. Claire Goodfellow and Maggie Milne Martens will travel to Medicine Hat to facilitate the workshop.
Debra Best of Inter-Act said: “They will be offering five days of exploring grief for 10 participants who will narrate their process. There will be a theme for each day and multimodal opportunities for people to express themselves.
“The goal is for individuals to use movement, journaling, some vocal theatre, pen and paper and mache opportunities, if they wish. We have ink and paints and lots of newspaper.
Goodfellow previously lived in Medicine Hat where she worked with the college and then Medalta. She has led groups in making mourning masks and is currently completing her death doula certificate.
“A death doula assists passing families and individuals in the process of letting go and saying goodbye,” Best explained.
Maggie Milne Martens lives in Vancouver and is trained as an art teacher. She spent many years teaching children self-expression through art and helped Vancouver’s public school system develop art as part of the public education curriculum.
Inter-Act gets involved in topics relevant to the community, such as teenage pregnancy, HIV or domestic violence. As Best explains, “Things that people don’t often want to talk about. Mourning is the first time we have chosen to choose a theme that is common to all of us. We all know it in word form, and we’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives and we don’t talk about it.
Grieving is incredibly complex and does not revolve around a single feeling that can be moved or overcome. The workshop is designed for people to explore their personal thoughts and feelings about how grief manifests for them.
The workshop runs from Monday to Friday and there is a theatrical part on Saturday evening which is interactive with the public.
“If there’s no interactive component, we don’t,” Best said. “What we are committing to is an opportunity to examine a part of our humanity that is not often heard.”
She emphasized that grief will affect people who have suffered a loss in their lives. Not only by death, but also by work, housing, loss of mobility or the inability to travel. The list is endless and the losses start at a young age, say with a favorite toy.
The workshop is free and limited to 10 participants. It takes place at the Cultural Center on College Drive from October 17 until October 21. Currently, the workshop is full, but there is a waiting list if a participant drops out.
Call 403-527-4346 for more information. Attendees will need to pay for parking and provide their own lunch.
On October 22, everyone is invited to attend Doing Something With Your Grief, at the Cultural Center’s Blackbox Theater starting at 7 p.m. Free entry.
The evening will be a storytelling forum allowing workshop participants to explain their individual journeys. There will also be a video representation of what they did, and the aim is to have an interactive evening with the public.
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