Workshop: Carnival des Voix – Toronto 14th Jul 2017

This event is sponsored and hosted by CS Info Centre

Free workshops for those who struggle with experiences like hearing voices that get called names like “psychosis”, and that can be isolating and difficult to live with, and difficult to talk about.


Friday 14th July
1pm to 4pm

Training Room A
CAMH 1001 Queen St., West

Limited Spaces Available

RSVP / To  Register:

Phone    416 595-2882



This innovative practical workshop – do stuff ! and make stuff !  – introduces simple ways we can express and give voice to human experiences that can be both difficult to live with and difficult to talk about.

Includes mask making and puppet making;  and an easy introduction to simple yet powerful approaches we can use to reclaim our power and find our voice.

Carnival des Voix workshop introduces a creative innovative approach that will be showcased at the World Hearing Voices Congress.

Easy print poster [pdf]   carnival des voix Poster-CSInfo-14Jun2017


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Many of us hear voices – even a majority of us will at som epoint in our lives, often in association with trying life circumstances and teh large majority do not struggl eand even find the experience beneficial.

Yet some do undounbtedly struggle with what they experience. What we do know is that people who struggle tend to be left to deal with their difficult experience alone – leaving them feeling powerless and disconnected from others.

Voices give voice
Yet we know finding ways to express teh pain can, talk about eth experiecne can be very helpful.
Also voices, and especially those most difficult to hear, often give voice to that which a person cannot yet express themselves

Voices can be very taboo – talk about subjects which are taboo, or use language that is taboo, making it more difficult to talk with those who don’t understand.

Avatar, therapy with dollar store supplies?
There has been much interest in “avatar therapy”, expensive technology and studies to demonstrate that people who struggle with voices can work with them.

Many of us have for a while been doing similar things, not as treatment or intervention by others but as creative exploration of experience, expression and emancipation.

It works with  much smaller budgets and much simpler technology, no wait lists or otjer paraphernalia that comes with waiting on experts to fix us.

A real workshop
This is a real workshop – as real as the voices themselves – participants will use simple materials to sketch and make puppets to represent the voices we hear, and let them speak with each other.

We will create safe space to see and be seen, hear and be heard, witness and be witnessed.

A celebration of the creativity of voices hearers, and variety of human experiences, a polyphony, a Carnival of voices …

After the workshop we will display work and parade in front of the whole of congress and on prominent display for its duration.

There is rich meaning in these [and other] ideas not only for formalized “treatment” situations but also in our groups, in our society and also in our personal experience – HVN is at the forefront of embracing the dialogical -or conversational -nature of being.

Let’s take opportunity that congress offers to share examples of ways we can create space for difficult-to-hear voices – “safe-enough” to dismantle some taboos and barriers, create space safe-enough to explore the carnival of living with voices, with being human.

Dr Vitor Pordeus [of Rio de Janeiro and Montreal] uses theatre: puppetry is a form of theatre, can allow for a person to express and share what is yet now too close, too painful to share.

In “the west” we regard puppetry as firmly in the domain of children’s entertainment, yet around the world it is a ancient, diverse, and serious art form too , puppets, like voices can give expression to that which we cannot easily express in our society or culture at least in ways others are prepared to hear.



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