The Art of Listening to the Most Marginalized …

For a marginalized person, being truly heard means becoming visible. For anyone whose voice has been silenced, distorted, or erased, storytelling is such a healing process.

As someone who has suffered from three debilitating chronic diseases for the last three decades and who has faced violence as a child, what has she learnt when sharing her stories?

How we edit our stories consciously or unconsciously. How we offer details our listener may not be equipped to digest. How these unprocessed parts of who we are can turn against us, once shared privately or publicly.

Healing happens through a reciprocal and vulnerable conversation. Both parties must commit to caring about the context the other is speaking from and commit to taking care of themselves as listeners.

How do we make sure that happens?

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In this workshop, after sharing some of her experiences around listening and being listened to, Marie will facilitate a group conversation with you. Then everyone will get into an experiential mode. There will be experiments with some techniques to better attend to ourselves after having heard a difficult story.

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Marie Cornellier is a disabled queer woman. She has suffered from many health problems since childhood, some of which are related to abuse. She is the mother of a son, and grandmother of three granddaughters.

Marie is invested in healing, social justice, creation and spirituality. She has documented her own journey with disability, trauma, and re-genesis for at least 30 years, sometimes through exhibitions and performances, sometimes on a more personal level.

For the last three years, I have facilitated workshops at Université de Montréal, in the Social Work class of Metis scholar Catherine Richardson, as well as in private groups.

She is now writing poetry around decolonization, disability and queerness, which she has publicly shared this summer at Breathing Space / Reprendre son souffle and Mtl Poetry Jam.

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October 22 – 5 to 7 pm
Hosted by Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and Acts of Listening Lab

To sign up:
Room: ALLab (LB 1042)