Here are a few of the workshops I'd be delighted to bring to your community or group.
Opening Into Grief: Recovery, Loss and Wholeness
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 / 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Peer Seattle / 1520 Bellevue Ave on Capitol Hill
Given the enduring power of internalized homophobia and the losses that pile up in the wake of addiction, LGBTQ folk in recovery have a very particular relationship with grief. There are, however, very few spaces where we are invited to experience and express this complex grief in community.
This one-day workshop will utilize Francis Weller’s “Five Gates of Grief” to connect participants to their distinct and multifaceted experiences of grief and guide them in a shared grief ritual.
RSVP to Dana Francis: firstname.lastname@example.org / 206.953.9475
Moving Through Grief: A Group for Gay Men
facilitated by Peter Jabin, M.Div. LMHCA and Dennis McCarthy, MA LMHC
Given the shame and trauma that were part of the cultural air we breathed as gay boys growing up – and that continue to be part of our cultural context, some amazing advances notwithstanding -- gay men have a particular and complex experience of and relationship to grief.
Through this series, we facilitate a deep conversation about the unique
experience of and relationship to grief that we carry as gay men in our culture, to see more clearly where our avoidance of grief creates barriers and obstacles to living the lives we so deeply desire, and to free each other in our shared witnessing to a richer and more joyous experience of life. Ultimately, this is about living more deeply.
Each session includes an advance reading, small group process, large group conversation, and a ritual element. We draw from Alan Downs’ The Velvet Rage as well as Francis Weller’s The Wild Edge of Sorrow.
For the sake of the continuity of the conversation and a sense of safety within the group, we ask that all participants commit to attending all three sessions. Registration is limited to 15. All Gay, Bisexual, and Gay-Identified Trans Men are welcome.
Please contact Peter Jabin with questions or the inquire about future dates.
The Spiritual Gifts of Being Queer
A facilitated conversation exploring the distinct spiritual heritage and aptitudes of LGBTQ individuals.
View JAKE Talk - May 2014 | Drawing from his experience leading a queer men's spirituality group of the same name from 2009-2013 at Gay City Health Project, Peter addresses the distinct spiritual heritage, aptitudes and responsibilities that are ours as queer men. That we are here, now, is no accident.
Spirituality & Creativity in the Pursuit of Wholeness
The famous Zen koan asks "What was your original face before you were born?" This question is meant to confound the ego and open us to an experience of the deeper Self.
I team up with art therapist Darcy Marlow to offer this dynamic and engaging two hour workshop designed to open an exploration of your original and most authentic self. Through discussion, meditation and creative expression, we will provide a safe and thought provoking forum for self-discovery.
Praying the Beads
In this workshop, we consider the history of prayer beads across the world’s faith traditions leading to the development of Anglican or Protestant Prayer Beads in the 1980's.
Participants have opportunity to practice contemplative prayer using the beads, as well as to begin to write their own prayers for use with the beads.
Prayer beads and prayer books are available for purchase. The workshop can be expanded to provide participants the opportunity to create their own prayer beads.