Carnival des Voix in Ajax – Fri 20th October 2017

Carnival des Voix started in Ajax – and it’s back!

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

Hearing voices has been mystified and made taboo which makes it harder to live with and even harder to talk about. Yet, it is a remarkably common human experience  and one that is eminently understandable in context of a person’s life.

Human history is full of examples where those who are deemed “too different” have been and are categorized and called names.  There are no end of categories we can confine people to, and no end of names we can choose from to call them.

Well we think that sucks big time.

We can instead choose to create space in which we can express what needs to be expressed.

What if we could  come to understand how voices can give voice to that which the person has yet found way they can themselves give voice – and in a way that society is ready to hear?

Free, but spaces are limited so let us know you’re coming.



Friday 20th October

11:00am to 2pm


Post Hill Apartments
2nd floor recreation room
132 Kingston Rd., Ajax 

Printable poster [pdf]  carnival des voix poster-Durham-Jun-Jul2017



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 – not as treatment or intervention by others but as creative exploration of experience, expression and emancipation.

– and with much smaller budgets and much simpler technology and without oppressions that accompany waiting on experts 

to fix us.

This is a real workshop where yo get to make something.

Participants will use simple materials to sketch and make puppets to represent the “voices” we hear, and let them speak with each other.

You might want to make puppet of who or what helps you feel strong when things are getting tough. 

Or whatever you want, its your experience, whatever it is it’s yours to express however you wish..

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 …


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.

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.

More about Carnival des Voix here



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