Listening to Disability
The Art of Listening to the Most Marginalized & How to Take Care in the Process
In this workshop, after sharing some of Cornellier experiences around listening and being listened to, she will facilitate a group conversation with you. Then everyone will get into an experiential mode. There will be experiments with some techniques to better attend to ourselves after having heard a difficult story.
Guest: Marie Cornellier
For a marginalized person, being truly heard means becoming visible. For anyone whose voice has been silenced, distorted, or erased, storytelling is such a healing process.
As someone who has suffered from three debilitating chronic diseases for the last three decades and who has faced violence as a child, what have I learnt when sharing my stories?
How we edit our stories consciously or unconsciously. How we offer details our listener may not be equipped to digest. How these unprocessed parts of who we are can turn against us, once shared privately or publicly.
Healing happens through a reciprocal and vulnerable conversation. Both parties must commit to caring about the context the other is speaking from and commit to taking care of themselves as listeners.
How do we make sure that happens?
is a queer disabled woman, mother of one and grandmother of three. She is invested in healing, social justice, creation and spirituality. She has documented her own journey with disability, trauma, and re-genesis for at least 30 years, sometimes through exhibitions and performances, sometimes on a more personal level.
She is now writing poetry around decolonization, disability and queerness, which she has publicly shared this summer at Breathing Space / Reprendre son souffle and Mtl Poetry Jam.