Tue, Oct 08 | St. Stephen Lutheran Church

The Pineapple Metaphor: Healing from Trauma

"Can art and the pineapple help advance the well-being of communities facing collective trauma?"
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The Pineapple Metaphor: Healing from Trauma

Time & Location

Oct 08, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2198 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303, USA

About the event

Presentation Title: The Pineapple Metaphor: Healing from Trauma

Presenter: April Fitzpatrick

Tuesday evening, the Healing Arts Alliance invites the community to a free educational presentation by art therapist April Fitzpatrick that explores the query "Can art and the pineapple help advance the well-being of communities facing collective trauma?"

Known as the collective fruit, the pineapple is made of 200 flowers fused together to form one berry. The founder of Pineapples with Purpose, April recognizes that each individual is made of many unique experiences that have fused together to create a special story. “We will learn how each experience holds a memory and the importance of recreating a new memory to change our responses to trauma.”

“Like the pineapple, many of us have developed defenses to protect the sweetness of our core as a result of traumatic experiences. Masking the trauma, our defenses are often unique, mystifying, but misjudged.”

April re-imagines the addressing of trauma and mental health through interactive and engaging means utilizing a pineapple’s own growth and journey as a metaphor. By unpacking the history and symbolism of the pineapple, April provides methods to shift the stigmatization of trauma, welcome authentic stories silenced by shame, and discuss the importance of using art to turn our pain into purpose.

A native of Jackson, MS, April received her M.S. in Art Therapy from Florida State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the Historic Tougaloo College.

The speaker’s full bio can be found at her practitioner profile page Pineapples with Purpose, LLC. The Healing Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of alternative and holistic health practices that can be integrated with mainstream Western medicine. 

Join us at 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, in St. Stephen’s fellowship hall to partake of this juicy topic.

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