Workshop at VAE part of Healing Arts


Wednesday, March 5
NORTH BENNINGTON — Novelist, editor and teacher Peggy Rambach will lead a six-week Professional Caregiver Workshop at Vermont Arts Exchange, located at the Sage Street Mill in North Bennington, as part of VAE's The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health regional arts and healing program. The six-week workshop will begin Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Rambach, the editor of "All That Matters: Memoir from the Wellness Community of Greater Boston" (The Paper Journey Press, 2006) and a lead teaching artist for VAE's Healing Arts Initiative since 2005, will guide participants in using memoir writing and poetry to explore, record and understand the often morally complex, profound and dramatic experiences that are inevitably part of one's daily working life.

With the camaraderie of class members also in the healthcare field, participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss their work-in-progress, and make revisions as a means of learning the techniques necessary to produce enduring and insightful writing. The class will culminate with an optional reading and a booklet of the work produced during the workshop sessions, available for distribution to family and friends.

Created in 2004, The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health is a regional arts and healing program developed by the Vermont Arts Exchange, in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a consortium of arts and healthcare organizations in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. This unique program is a collaborative effort involving artists, health administrators and faculty and students from universities throughout New England, and uses the arts as an innovative new treatment method for patients living with chronic disabling diseases. For more information on the program, visit

Tuition for the Professional Caregiver Workshop with Peggy Rambach is $90 per participant. For information or to register, call 442-5549 or 345-5155, or visit



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