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Jul 22

After the Hellfire: Healing Personal and Collective Trauma

July 22, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

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Naropa Community Counseling cordially invites you to attend a virtual zoom presentation featuring Deborah Bowman, Ph.D. Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Please RSVP below or email development@naropa.edu with any questions or concerns.

About Deborah Bowman, Ph.D.

Deborah Bowman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified Gestalt Therapist and has been in private practice for 34 years. She is a retired Naropa University professor where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs. She initiated the development of the Art Therapy program and the Naropa Community Counseling center. She is author of several books including The Female Buddha: Discovering the Heart of Liberation and Love. Deborah enjoys birdwatching and writing, teaching and sharing haiku.

About the Presentation

Throughout history humankind has turned to the creative arts to record, process and heal the psychological, social and cultural wounds of trauma. Artists have sung ballads of sorrow, painted canvases of rage and penned novels turning suffering into wisdom.

In this translation of a haiku by Hiroaki Sato, a Japanese soldier writes about the experience of the battlefield:

the short night:
after the hellfire
the day breaks

In these simple three lines we experience the juxtaposition of a descent into hell with the dawn of a new day. Client and counselor are asked to make the same creative leap in the work of psychotherapy; between then and now, burning and beauty.

Sharing poetry and visual imagery, this presentation addresses simple ways to incorporate an appreciation of the arts in addressing ways to heal our personal and shared trauma. Or in more poetic words we will learn to practice what the black American haiku poet, Sonia Sanchez, suggests:

humming this
earth back
to sanity


July 22, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
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