Speaking With Spirits

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New date:
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday, November 25 & Sunday, November 26, 2017, 1-4pm 

A Writing workshop with Jeff Tanaka

We all have infinite stories lying within us. However, our journeys through time and space often create blockages that prevent us from sharing what is most important to us.

For this workshop series, we will come together to nurture our stories with a particular focus on giving voice to that which as been silenced by colonization here on Turtle Island, commonly known as North America. This silencing may include stories about places we come from, our personal and family experiences, or our relationships between one another.

In Speaking with Spirits, we will look to ancestors, plants and the land for guidance and inspiration. Workshop participants will be offered collaborative and multidisciplinary writing exercises to reflect upon the stories we carry with us each day, ones that have come before us, and those still to come.

No previous writing experience is necessary, just come with an open mind and any ideas and inspiration that have been floating in your mind.

This workshop is being offered by sliding-scale donation.
Maximum 12 participants. Please bring your own paper, pens, and water bottle.
Register for this workshop on Eventbrite.

For questions & inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 604.777.7000 ext 109.

About the facilitator, Jeff Tanaka

“for me, words serve as one of the most reliable pathways to my ancestors. i am grateful for the continued guidance of those who came before in illuminating a path forward.” 

This workshop is part of the Nikkei National Museum’s Hastings Park 1942 exhibit program. 


Hastings Park 1942 runs from September 30 to January 14

In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country.  The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit (September 30, 2017 – January 13, 2018) is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history.