Adoption Healing Seminar

I am planning on attending the Inside Out Adoption Healing Seminar being held in Westfield, Mass later this month.

If you are attending, let me know!  If you are not, but might be interested, details below and more at the links below that.

Location:
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center

53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085
(near the Berkshires)

Detailed info at Genesis web site.

The event description talks of creating a puja table and asks we bring a item to contribute to it.  I have quite a few adoption related momentos, nik-naks, talismans and the like. Which one should I bring? I am already overthinking the task.

5 Thoughts.

  1. This sounds like a good way to spend some time. Can you bring more than one adoption-related item? If I was going, I’d probably select items to represent the different stages of grief related to the adoption trauma that we all seem to go through. For me the trauma has been and continues to be a journey and no one item would truly reflect the path the trauma has taken.

  2. As of right now I will be going. There is a certain amount of trepidation due to the fact that Genesis House was the Holy Child Guild where I was incarcerated until my son was born in 1972. I’m thinking being there will be healing. Facing and recognizing things that are ptsd related helps resolve the issue. I have a few things to bring, foremost the hospital wristband with my name and Scott’s time of birth.

  3. HOLY MOLY Joanne. As for the puja table, perhaps whatever item of clothing you might wear that day? Talk about triggers.

    I did not know that about Genesis (have never been there) but when registering I noticed all the faith based stuff and I definitely gave me pause. As a reader of my blog you likely know, faulty religious beliefs were part of my surrender experience. I tend to shy away from the events overflowing with such sentiment. I know Craig indirectly via adoption and Polish Genealogy and the artistic expression stuff is interesting to me so I decided to go for it.

    One final note, I did go back to my own maternity “home” and while triggering it was powerful. I literally stood across from the building and yelled at it in my mind. I have a blog post here somewhere about that day. I get the fear and the need at the same time.

    It will be nice to meet you.

  4. It’s triggering now but going there is something I’ve known I had to do for a long time and I figure it would be better to go into it in a healing situation. There is just so much crap to be worked through and since my reunion so, so much healing has taken place. Just learning about the ptsd and how to diffuse so much of it by telling the story has made this little adventure important to me.

    I’ve also been working on the memoir (aren’t we all) and see this as research in a sense. I need perspective. I understand somewhat what the 16 year old me remembers but I need to see it with a 58 year old eyes. It will be interesting.

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