Join us October 12-14th, 2018 at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont for our 15th Annual Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word.
This intimate conference, founded in 2003, includes workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.
— Narrative Medicine
— Social Change
— Right Livelihood (and making a living through the arts)
— Ecological Literacy
— Engaged Spirituality
Goddard is a one-of-a-kind institution of higher education with a history of creativity and chaos, invention and experimentation, of growth, decline and reemergence. The Plainfield campus in central Vermont is about a 15-minute drive from Montpelier, the Capital of Vermont, and an hour from Burlington, one of Vermont’s largest cities. The campus consists of formal gardens and farm buildings dating back to the 1800s. Connected by brick walkways, the campus offers low-cost rooms, dining hall, community center, theatre, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces.
Mohsin Mohi Ud Din is the founder of the award winning #MeWeSyria program, and the current Director of Storytelling Innovation for Ashoka’s Youth Venture. At Youth Venture, Mohsin leads strategy, design and execution of programs that sync brain science, wellbeing, community-building, and changemaker skills development through the vehicle of communications and storytelling innovation. Before Ashoka, Mohi Ud Din worked in public advocacy and strategic communications for the United Nations and UNICEF. He has been working for various human rights organizations since 2003 and has more than 8 years’ experience working with youth and youth organizations in Asia, MENA and Africa on social and emotional learning, community-building, and empowerment. In 2009, he was granted a Fulbright Fellowship grant to Morocco—where he founded the Me/We storytelling innovation methodology for street children and migrant youth. In 2012 he was named a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow. Most recently, Mohi Ud Din was awarded recognition as a ‘Solver’ at the United Nations by MiT’s SOLVE community for his innovation with #MeWeSyria, which is co-led by Syrian changemakers across three countries in the Middle East. His work with refugee communities and marginalized youth is regularly featured on VICE Impact, UNHCR Innovation, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera. He has been a featured speaker at the United Nations, MiT, Asia Society, and the World Economic Forum.
Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, words and threads to explore queer survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming, trauma-informed herbalist and Breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner with The Breathe Network as well as through her own practice Corpus Ritual. She is the editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), speaks and facilitates trauma-focused writing & embroidery workshops across the country and online and has had writing published in places like OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press with the second issue just released. Jennifer also recently finished a graduate program at Goddard College with a thesis focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. You can find more at ofthebody.net.
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD specialist, artist, author, Huffington Post columnist, RAINN/global TEDx speaker, award-winning health advocate, actress & playwright. She’s contributed to over 70 publications on arts & healing, and has been featured on NBC’s TODAY, Cosmopolitan, and CBS. She’s currently touring a mental health advocacy/sexual assault prevention program to colleges nationwide. Amy has written, directed and starred in a one-woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, touring over 200 venues, theatres, schools, festivals, conventions and organizations since it’s 2012 New York debut, winning 7 national awards. Her short plays have been published by the Eddy Theatre Company, PerformerStuff, and The Narcissists Anthology, and have been finalists in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Short Play Festival, New York New Works Theatre Fest, NYC Playwright’s Women in the Age of Trump, and her work in Nevertheless She Persisted is currently nominated for an Audie Award.