[Well-being] comprises good emotions, such as happiness, joy, satisfaction, enthusiasm, wonder, and calmness … The concept also encompasses good bodily physical health as well as positive meaningful social connections and relationships, which engender a sense of belonging. (Jill Sinclair, mindfulness specialist, founder of whatworkswellbeing.org)
People are concerned not only about their own health, but also about the health of their families, friends, and the environment. The purpose of this proposal is to facilitate a workshop using the mixed methodologies of Theatre of the Oppressed and Sociodrama to investigate how we perceive well-being and how its principles can be a positive force and game-changer in our daily lives.
I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members. (Groucho Marx)
Connections and relationships are at the heart of our social well-being. The goal of this workshop is to question and investigate our understanding and relevance of well-being to the individual and to our community. Participants will have the opportunity to unearth new insights, Increase appreciation for the many sources that contribute to a sense of well-being, and discover new avenues of exploration as we workshop this topic.
The aim of this workshop is to provide a safe space within which to explore:
- What constitutes well-being that is experienced by individuals, cultures, or other groupings?
- Can individual well-being occur apart from community well-being?
- How does the well-being of a community influence a sense of belonging in society?
- How does the stressful news of the world, with news of violence and environmental degradation and food insecurity, help us or hinder us, in our search for our well-being?
SHEILA DALLAS KATZMAN
valerie monti holland
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