Empowerment Workshop was held on April 24-25. It was a two-day workshop, lasting 17 hours.
In total, 17 people including 2 facilitators(Ddalgi and Jungjoo) participated in this Empowerment Workshop. The participants from Gwang-ju, Pyeong-taek, Gun-san and Ick-san are peace and justice activists, facilitators for human rights and peace education, and one laid off worker of a big automobile company in Korea. For many of us, it is still quite challenging to notice and release emotions in our body. In our society, we are trained to hide our feelings and not to show our vulnerability to others. So, making sounds and moving our body to discharge emotions is not easy at all. But after trying to do it, people felt lighter and different. They appreciated the skills.
Also, some participants were kind of perplexed that we try to tell stories of violence to others on the first day of workshop. Again, after we all finished sharing one event of experiencing violence in our life, we all felt less controlled by the stories of violence. Actually, it is normal for us to face violence directly and indirectly in our daily life although it is unfortunate and unnecessary. What if we can be prepared to face a story of violence with confidence and skills such as a storytelling guide? This time many participants really appreciated the skill and the Storytelling Guide. They said they could get out from the past pain when they intentionally spoke the sentences and realize that it was over at the time. It helps them feel like they are not there anymore and present in this time and place. On the 2nd day, all of the activities also went well. These are the reflections and feedback from the participants. I would like to share them with you all. Learning brings us together and helps us build a community and imagine cultures of peace is possible.