We had a fabulous workshop today, in Auckland, the last of a series of worskhops in New Zealand with Lewis Mehl Madrona and Barbara Mainguy. We made prayer ties, and heard stories of how the Native American Lakota and Cherokee saw the creation of the world and the communication with spirit and the ancestors. We performed a fire ceremony, and partook in a chanunpa ceremony.
the peace and connection everyone felt from the day was beautiful. I must say that they are two fabulous and genuine people. Their teachings touched all our hearts.
Here is an interview with them, before we held the workshop, talking a little about the ancestors
The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ in conjunction with ISPS, and Affinity NZ are pleased to announce we are holding a screening of the Movie Healing Voices.
HEALING VOICES is a new social action documentary which will be released via grass roots, non-theatrical premiere events around the world on April 29, 2016. Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including: Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental illness. Community screening partners will host HEALING VOICES premiere events in their local markets on 4.29.16, which will be followed by audience discussion around dialogue topics relating to the content of the film. The documentary is ideal for individuals with lived experience in the mental health system, educators, peer counselors, advocates, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare workers, first responders, family members, or anyone who has been touched by mental health issues in their life.
Writer and director PJ Moynihan explores two question: What are we talking about when we talk about “mental illness”? What is truly helpful?
Over a five year period, Healing Voices follows Oryx, Jen, and Dan, all previously diagnosed with serious mental illness. Oryx, Jen, and Dan are each very different personalities but all are articulate, insightful, and fascinating in describing their return journeys from extreme states of consciousness to satisfying human relationships and meaningful work.
Healing Voices is not afraid to discuss aspects of our humanity that routinely terrify many of us, and Moynihan is also not afraid to make his movie fun and joyful—including playful music and animations. What is striking about Healing Voices is its combination of boldness and humility—its boldness challenging political correctness and its humility about its own assertions.
We are excited to announce we have organised a series of workshops with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy for March 2015. Thanks to funding from the Lotteries Board and also the ASB Community trust find.
We will also be offering four free places in Auckland and Whangarei workshops for people with cultural knowledge/ expertise. Those who know the stories of our people and the land in each area. Email me to apply for these places.
The workshops we are offering are
1) Narrative Medicine- Storytelling in West Auckland and in Russell Bay of Islands
2) Remapping your Mind & Sacred Drama in Manakau and Whangarei
On July 26th 2014, The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are hosting a talk by Paris Williams Psychologist and Author of Rethink Madness- www.rethinkingmadness.com
We will share afternoon tea, then have a screening of the excellent ‘ Beyond the Medical Model’
See the trailer
Fickling Center, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland
12.30pm to 3.30pm
Come along and hear Paris Williams, watch the movie, and share afternoon tea and discussion. All are welcome.
COST: $5 for waged. Voice hearers and HVNANZ members free.
We will hold our Hearing Voices Network Annual General meeting afterwards at 3.30-4.30pm if you are interested in making a difference, please stay and join in.
For Bookings please email: email@example.com or tel : 027 265 0266
Come along and join us for the afternoon. All welcome.
We will have a viewing of the excellent Documentary
“OPEN DIALOGUE” by Daniel Mackler
In the Far North of Finland, a stones throw from the Arctic Circle, a group of innovative family therapists converted the area’s traditional mental health system, which once boasted poor outcomes for schizophrenia, into one that now gets the best statistical results in the world for first break psychosis. They call their approach Open Dialogue.
Their principles, though radical in this day and age of multi-drug cocktails and involuntary hospitilization, are surprisingly simple. Daniel Mackler travels to Finland to see for himself and interviews the therapists involved.
Please bring a plate along, for a shared afternoon tea and wonderful discussion afterwards.
Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ, will host their Annual General Meeting. All are welcome to stay. We rely on the help of volunteers to continue our work and are always looking for people willing to help J
Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are a registered charity independent society. Commited to providing research and support for voices and visions in NZ.
When: 1.00pm to 3.30 PM Saturday September 14th 2013
Where: Connect SR 215 Wairau Road, Glenfield, Auckland
Cost: Free, please just bring a plate for a shared afternoon tea,
Bookings: Adrienne at 0272650266 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details. Please note spaces are limited. You will need to book.
When you think about it, history is full of people who say they heard voices. Mohammed, Moses, Abraham, Joan of Arc. They all claimed to hear the voice of God. Disembodied voices also dwelled within the minds of Socrates, William Blake, John Milton.
These are the kind of names that invite us to romanticize the idea of hearing voices.
But today, to say you hear voices invites something entirely different: A diagnosis of mental illness.
Well, there is a new movement that’s vigorously pushing back against the notion that those who hear voices are sick. It’s called the Hearing Voices Network. It began in the U.K. but has come to the United States, and one of the first American chapters was founded right here in Massachusetts.
The growth of the Hearing Voices Network raises many important questions:
Such as, what is a mental illness, versus what is not?
What is objective reality, versus what is not?
What is simply normal and human, versus what is not?
And what are the consequences, positive AND negative, when people who hear voices step away from traditional psychiatric care?
Lisa Forestell,interim assistant director, Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community; facilitator, Hearing Voices Network