When trauma is not transformed, it is transmitted.
Healing happens in community, not isolation.
For three decades AWBW has shared art as a touchstone for change for those impacted by violence and trauma. In 2015, we launched a community art initiative based in this concept — Touchstones — as well as added workshops to our vast curriculum to welcome participants to create and carry small pieces of art to support them on their life journey.
In celebration of AWBW’s 30th Anniversary, you are invited to join AWBW Founder Cathy Salser on a journey using Touchstones as a foundation for self-care, grounding and transformation. In 1991 a collaborative art journey birthed AWBW. Now another journey begins:
We invite members of the community to co-create this circle of art transforming trauma, with Touchstones as a way to connect deeply to themselves and each other. The Touchstone Journey Circle welcomes a “learning lab” investigating Touchstones as an anchor for change, from the cellular to the systemic. There are many layers to trauma and healing. From individual to relational, family, community and systemic layers, legacies of trauma ripple generations back. Actions of healing can ripple generations forward.
Join by becoming a sustaining supporter of AWBW (minimum of $5/month). Your recurring gift will directly benefit AWBW programming — helping to fund training scholarships, workshop development, and Windows Facilitator leadership.
Our wish is to build a circle 360 Journeyers strong… a powerful circle exploring these tools in their own lives, and in making these resources available to others by supporting AWBW’s next chapter.
Touchstone Journey Circle members have access to:
Personal Touchstone Toolkit
Receive your own kit of Touchstone supplies, along with a guide and video to support you in planting the seeds of your own Touchstone Journey.
Theme-Based Learning Labs
Join the exploration of using Touchstones in a variety of ways:
- January/February: Grounding Practices
- March/April: Relational Practices
- May/June: Settings-Based Practices
- July/August: Family Practices
- September/October: Social Justice Practices
- November/December: Gratitude & Visioning Practices
Monthly Touchstone Circle Meetings
As a part of the Learning Labs, you can tap into a community of support with Cathy and other Journeyers via Zoom, 4:00-6:00pm PT the 4th Monday of each month.
Monthly Email Updates
Have resources for your journey, pop-up Window of Time videos, Circle meeting reminders, and other announcements sent directly to your inbox.
Private Social Media Community Groups
Share and co-innovate at any time, each the expert of our own journeys
This journey is dedicated to the wisdom & leadership of each facilitator, participant, supporter, staff, and board member of AWBW’s past, present, and future.
We welcome you to participate in any way you wish. There is no right or wrong way to journey.