Hi everyone, I wanted to share that I successfully facilitated my first touch drawing workshop Oct 14. It was the main part of a staff retreat for my colleagues of spiritual care givers at an acute care hospital in Edmonton. There were 6 of us altogether, they were my friends, and eager to experience this process as a spiritual experience. The retreat was from 1pm - 9pm and included two touch drawing sessions. We also had about one hour free time before supper. (We used it to go for a beautiful walk along the river).
I was pleased with the event.... I would like to hear from the group about a couple of things though. I know that in doing something like this, there are a lot of variables to balance. At the start of the first session I talked about feeling free to share..or not. After the first session, I asked the particpants to number, name, and then share their drawings through the "witness process". I had no qualms about my colleagues doing this in a kind, respectful way...as it is very similar to the way we do our work with patients. One participant, however, said that had she known that we would share in that way, she would not have gone into the particular personal material in the touch drawing that she did. Apparently, she didn't really want others to see.....and even though I had said participants could share or not, she still went ahead and did the witness process slightly albeit uncomfortably. How do others of you hold the tension between the safety of privacy in which you can really enter deeply into your soul work, and the empathic, validation of being heard through the witness process. In the evening session I asked participants to select one drawing that has energy for them....and provided them with a few ways to journal with it...and go deeper. They were invited to share at closing time... or simply hold up their picture.... or not. This allowed for more privacy. Any thoughts?
I am hoping that other departments in our hospital might use this process of a way of nurturing their staff.....I do have concerns about a manager who arranges this for his or her team, and then the staff feeling coercion about doing a spiritual process that they are not comfortable with. I'd appreciate any comments about this too.
Thanks for the forum.... I appreciate a place to go to with thoughts and questions. Deborah