By Andrea Leonhardt

June 1, 2017, 3:29 pm

 
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Spirit of A Woman, DOHMH, John Wesley United Methodist Church , Bedford-Stuyvesant,Darryl Aiken-Afam, Bed-Stuy, Reproductive Health, reproductive rights, reproductive choices, Mother Wit Conference, Playback Theater, poetry, art, storytelling, womb museum, reproductive healing

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Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) present the 4th Annual Mother Wit Conference “Partners in Healing” on Saturday, June 3, at the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The one-day conference invites men and women of all ages to share their reproductive experiences with infertility, miscarriage, abortion and postpartum depression/psychosis.

It generally is presumed that every woman will conceive, choose to go through with her pregnancy and subsequently experience the magic of giving birth and being a mother. Yet, this misconception about conception, birth and motherhood often renders women silent and creates a dark chasm where women, their stories and experiences have been hidden.

Through the exchange of stories and ideas using spoken word, storytelling, improvisational theater and other art forms, as well through healing workshops and presentations from academics, healers and practitioners in the field of reproductive health, the conference seeks to break that circle of silence and to shift the sadness, shame, fear and guilt that these experiences can create in the lives of those who experience them.

The conference will begin with an opening ritual in honor of those who have experienced losses and continue with a panel of experts and a theatrical performance. The event features also a Red Tent healing space, a womb museum, vendors, food and refreshments. Mr. Darryl Aiken-Afam, healer, holistic artist, wellness coach and founder of Meridian Touch LLC, will deliver the keynote address. The Mother Wit Conference will culminate with the stories of audience members being brought to life on stage using a powerful improvisational theater form called “Playback Theater”.

 

Spirit of A Woman, DOHMH, John Wesley United Methodist Church , Bedford-Stuyvesant, Darryl Aiken-Afam, Bed-Stuy, Reproductive Health, reproductive rights, reproductive choices, Mother Wit Conference, Playback Theater, poetry, art, storytelling, womb museum, reproductive healing

Photo credit:Mother Wit Conference

 

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017

WHAT: A Reproductive Health and Healing Conference

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $55


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Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

Andrea is the managing editor of the Brooklyn Reader. She holds a master's degree in International Relations and furthered her education with graduate studies in Journalism prior to joining the BK Reader. A proud cat lady of one, Andrea seeks to fight the good fight with a pen and a piece of paper, with the humble hope to add something to the places she goes and the people she encounters - all around central Brooklyn and beyond.

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