Book release parties and readings

  • Sunday Nov. 12th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA
    • The 121 Club, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA
  • Sunday Dec. 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, MA
    • 60 Bridge Street, Corner of Main and Bridge Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA
  • Thursday Dec. 7th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Center for Community Resilience after Trauma
    • One Arch Place, 2nd Floor Greenfield Ma 01301

The Play & Winter Workshop 

What She Knows:

One Woman's Way Through Incest to Joy

What She Knows is a one-woman performance which depicts a full range of what it is like to grow up in a sexually abusive family; what one woman experienced and then did to reclaim her life and make it worth living. Witness the main character figuratively (and once literally) dancing between her life’s joys and traumas, between time periods and experiences showing how she survived and ultimately came to thrive.

The original score, composed and performed by master guitarist John Sheldon, provides live music that weaves a heightened impact into the play’s dramatic tempo and opens audiences to the full richness of its sadness’ and delights.

The play is presented as a 60 minute dramatic reading by the author, Donna Jenson. In a post performance dialogue the audience is invited to engage with Donna, exploring the issues surrounding sexual abuse that What She Knows has raised for them. Jackie Humphreys, LICSW, is present at all performances, available to audience members needing support. 

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Winter 2018 - Workshop

Come join us on our next journey to discover what we each have to say, express, write and share within a supportive group of incest and child sexual abuse survivors. The format is an amalgamation of two primary activities:

  1. Writing & reading our writing to each other and
  2. Gentle Yoga & Mindfulness practices

We are convinced that by combining these two we can move in and out of the myriad of emotions and impressions our experiences have placed within us to finding the joy and strength of our true selves.

There are threads of common purpose for writing within a supportive group – to catch the undercurrent of our minds, spread it out on the page and see what we make of it to:

•    broaden self awareness

•    pour out feelings and emotions onto paper

•    reclaim or preserve memories of ourselves, people, and events

•    sort out thoughts and clarify ideas

•    reap the wisdom of the unconscious

Our yoga and mindfulness practices are designed in synergy with the writing, supporting nonjudgmental self-awareness, acceptance and creativity. Our bodies often hold our experiences of trauma, loss or suffering on a cellular, muscular and visceral level, constricting our capacity to be fully present.

By engaging in gentle yoga postures: simple twists, heart opening stretches; breathing practices: breath awareness and deepening; and mindfulness practices such as connecting with our highest intentions, we clear the obstacles to our creativity and compassion which opens us to experience our own clear voice in the present moment.

Consider giving yourself and your voice this gift of attention. We’re all so worth it.