I’m a firm believer that the Universe gives you exactly what you need when you need it most. As I drove to Christine’s studio for Sabrina Ward Harrison’s Trust the Mess workshop I was experiencing a lot of unrest. I couldn’t pinpoint what it was, but I knew I hadn’t been feeling like myself in quite some time. Things were just off.
As I sat on the floor, journal in hand, free-writing to the prompts given to us by Sabrina I lost it. The tears flowed. Emotions that I didn’t even know I had been feeling came out on the page. I turned to the girl next to me and read it all out loud, unable to hold the tears back once again. She reached over and gave me a huge hug and in that moment went from being a stranger to a friend.
It is really hard to describe all that went on this weekend to those who didn’t attend. Sabrina touched us deeply through heartfelt writing prompts and poetry. We painted on giant sheets of paper using just our hands. We sanded. We gessoed. We cried. We laughed. We formed a tribe. I know my words will never give it justice.
What I can say is that I’ll forever be thankful for Christine, who made it all happen, and for Sabrina who gave so much of herself so that we could in turn, give ourselves. I’ll always treasure each and every woman who was there. To listen without judgment is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone, and every one of these special women did this, and I thank them for that.
And most importantly, I know what I first perceived as a breakdown, was really a breakthrough.