Performance poetry and the healing process.

This workshop series cultivates wellbeing by deepening creative writing and performance practices that are anchored in self-love. Each of the four sessions will explore a domain of wellness through art practice, including: body, mind, emotional & spiritual domains, and strengthening our capacity towards radical self and community care. 

Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m.

October 13, 20, 27 & November 3

Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor, Multi-Faith Centre

569 Spadina Avenue (Entrance on Bancroft Avenue)

Registered students are expected to attend all four sessions.

Register for Poetic Heartwork today.

Build your experience. Tell your story. CCR. Co-Curricular Record


Week 1 Poetic body wisdom
Week 2 Teaching the mind what the heart knows
Week 3 The balance of letting go and letting in
Week 4 Finding purpose in the poetic
Meet the facilitator Timaj Garad is a multi-disciplinary storyteller.

Week 1: Poetic body widsom


  • Exploring movement as language
  • Learning how we use and take up space
  • Using meditative movement as a reflective process unearthing narratives
  • Acknowledging the stories our bodies tell us
  • Exploring storytelling through our senses 

Week 2: Teaching the mind what the heart knows


  • Unlearning self-doubt and mental roadblocks
  • Exploring identity intersections and how they shape our stories
  • Positive affirmations to re-write negative internal dialogues 

Week 3: The balance of letting go and letting in


  • Cultivating compassion for ourselves that we can extend to others
  • Connecting lessons from body-mind sessions to explore emotional domain
  • Excavating authentic stories and working through the pain they may carry 

Week 4: Finding purpose in the poetic


  • Exploring why we are telling the stories we tell 
  • Learning how to ground ourselves after sharing
  • Creating rituals of self-care tied to artistry to centralize self-preservation

Meet the facilitator

Facilitator Timaj Garad is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, using poetry, theatre, and music to bring her stories to life. Timaj's art is autobiographical, working at the intersections of a Black Muslim womxn challenging injustice, unearthing truths and healing. As an award-winning Artist, Timaj has graced over 100 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops. Timaj is currently working on her first poetry collection to be released at the end of 2016.

Timaj Garad