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Sun, Oct 16


Sanctuary for Healing Arts

Forgiving the Villain: Catharsis And Healing with Writing

Join us for a cathartic writing workshop, creating a story to shift a past memory into a therapeutic, fantastical tale where you get to choose the narrative.

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Forgiving the Villain: Catharsis And Healing with Writing
Forgiving the Villain: Catharsis And Healing with Writing

Time & Location

Oct 16, 2022, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sanctuary for Healing Arts, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533, USA

About the event

Have you ever thought of writing about yourself and shudder? You think of yourself as selfish, and you feel like there are so many beautiful stories in the world to be made. What makes your story so special?

Spoiler alert: It is yours. And there is so much you can do with it.

In this workshop, held here at the Sanctuary, we will explore a dark part of your memory using characters like demons and monsters. A memory where you can transform into the damsel saving herself, or the knight putting down the sword and freeing himself from violent servitude. Or you can transform someone who hurt you in your life into someone worth forgiving. (A talking bear or dancing cat?) It sounds silly, but writing is such an important skill for everyone. It allows you control to shift your life, your narrative, your story. No matter what is happening outside, anything can be real in your imaginative world. The worlds are there for you to make. And there is nothing wrong with writing about yourself!

In theme with Halloween, we are going to create short stories or narratives where we can lay to rest a part of your life that you wish you could forget - but we all know this shadow work is integral to moving on. It does not have to be a scary story, it can be whatever fantastical, futuristic, or spiritual realm you desire to set the stage in, and it can end however YOU want. The point being that you can reframe the past - with a positive ending. In doing so you just may even change your future, shifting your triggers, to become less reactive and find peace.


TO REGISTER: Please fill out this RSVP form AND send $30 payment via Venmo to @Samantha-Buttner

If you need a different form of payment please contact Samantha at

DETAILS: Exact address will be sent upon registration. Will have some looseleaf and pens but you are encouraged to bring your own notebook, paper, journal, even a tablet or laptop - whatever you are most comfortable writing with. This is your personal experience. Think of how you might like to preserve your work.

You must be over the age of 18 to attend an event. By registering for an event, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to Moss and Moonlight’s disclaimer.


FACILITATOR: Jude Catapano (she/they) is a writer, mixed media artist, and tarot reader from Brooklyn NY that settled in the Hudson Valley. She follows a pendulum around the house to find keys, and cooks great Italian. A kitchen witch with two children and a supportive husband, Jude enjoys learning about a wide variety of interests.

Jude is self-published with two poetry books and a memoir, as well as several blogs floating through the interwebs. They have worked in theatre and film in design capacities and have a degree in making monsters from her time in Pittsburgh. They have studied and received a college degree in creative writing and have a kink for words. Etymology is an amazing body of study. Words are so important to Jude, and they want you to feel that way too. Written words can set you free.

You can find Jude on Instagram here

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