If you are living with a chronic or acute health condition, caring for a loved one, or simply seeking inspiration, Curative Reading could be for you. Participants come from all walks of life to use reading and community to lift attitudes and face life’s challenges with greater ease and a sense of possibility.
This inspiring evening will introduce attendees to new discoveries and research on the benefits of reading fiction and building community. You will learn about the healing power of developing empathy for fictional characters and how this translates back to you and your fellow readers.
For information or questions about Curative Reading contact Kelly Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and bring the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers”.
-The New Yorker, Dovey, 6/19/15
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:
Kelly Brooks has been convening groups for over twenty-five years with a special interest in therapeutics, group dynamics, and community building. She has a B.A. in psychology, and a background in hospitality and mind-body event planning. She has received formal training from Boston College, The University of Massachusetts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and The Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital. In 2014 symptoms of debilitating anxiety and severe digestive upset led her to The Dean Center for Tick Born Illness at Spaulding Hospital where she received rehabilitation support for Lyme. Being an ongoing member of Spaulding’s Community Book Group has become one of her best medicines. As she continues to manage symptoms of chronic illness, bringing Curative Reading to communities to help individuals rise beyond illness with imagination and possibility is both her contribution and her cure.