Warrior Writers Memorial Day Commemoration
May 30, 2021 @ 10:00AM — May 31, 2021 @ 10:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Two days of virtual art, healing, and community!
This Memorial Day Weekend, please join Warrior Writers for two days of wellness, art, and community. We will be offering a full program of free virtual events, including meditation, writing workshops, visual art workshops, performances from veteran artists, and even a cooking lesson! We welcome all veterans, active duty, military family members, artists, allies, and healers who are interested in our mission to engage in artistic expression and support veterans in the discovery of the arts as a transformative tool. This “virtual retreat” will have spaces for creation, reflection, and connection. Learn more about each session in the schedule below. When registering, select all the sessions you would like to attend. You will receive an email with Zoom links for your personalized schedule!
Please note, all times are in Eastern Time
SUNDAY, MAY 30th:
10:00am-10:30am Guided Meditation with Stacey Engels
12:00pm-1:00pm "Grief Matters" with Julie Holman
What you need : Notepad or journal. Resources will be shared.
2:00pm-4:00pm Generative Writing Workshop for Veterans and Family Members
This workshop will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. This workshop also welcomes family members. Whether you are a veteran yourself, a civilian who plans to attend alongside a veteran in your family, or a military family member planning to attend alone, you are welcome at this workshop, regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc.
5:30pm Cooking Lesson
This virtual cooking session will feature a recipe for an Iraqi dish that participants can follow along with from their own home kitchens, or just watch and learn! While we can’t physically be together on this day, we can still connect and share through the act of cooking; creating a dish to be enjoyed together while apart. Ingredient list will be shared with you after registering for this event.
This session will be in honor of Jason Mays.
7:00pm Virtual Dinner Party
Join us for an informal social hour where we will gather with our community, toast to the ones in our hearts and minds, and relax over a good meal (whatever that may be from wherever people are joining!).
MONDAY, MAY 31st:
11:00am-1:00pm Acupressure with Sarah Lefkowich
Start your morning with some guided tips on acupressure from Sarah Lefkowich, founder of West Philly Community Acupuncture
2:00pm Memorial Day Ceremony
Join us as Eddie Falcón of Calpulli Coatlicue in Oakland, California will officially start the day's events with the opening ceremony of Mi'totiliztli, an indigenous Aztec/Mayan/Mexica ritual consisting of the huéhuétl (drum), atecocolli (conch shell), and words of reverence that will honor our ancestors, warriors, the youth, the sacred elements, the energies of the Four Directions, the sky, the celestial bodies, and Mother Earth.
3:00pm-4:00pm Watercolor Workshop with Amber Zora (Hoy)
Join veteran artist Amber Zora (Hoy) for a step by step watercolor workshop. We will mail the materials you will need for this workshop to you!
4:00pm-5:00pm Bookbinding Workshop with Laura Rowley
5:00pm-7:00pm Generative Writing Workshop for Veterans and Active Duty
This creative writing workshop will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. By creating an open and accepting atmosphere, we build a community of support. Workshops are for any service member or veteran regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc.
8:00pm "Songs and Stories"