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The art of embracing damage can LIFTu to Empowerment. The Kintsugi Workshops Isle of Wight

In the heart of Japanese culture lies a beautiful art form known as Kintsugi, a practice that mends broken objects and symbolises the healing of life's fractures. This art form is a central theme in our LIFTu to Empowerment project, where we explore the transformative power of embracing imperfections and rebuilding what's broken.

Kintsugi, which translates to 'golden joinery', is a centuries-old Japanese art that repairs broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. But it's more than just a method of repair; it's a philosophy that embraces the flawed or imperfect. It treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object rather than something to disguise or discard.

In our workshop, we'll use Kintsugi as a metaphor for life's challenges and the human capacity to rebuild and become stronger. You’ll break a pot, a symbolic act representing life's trials and tribulations. Breaking the pot is not about destruction but understanding that fractures, breaks, and scars are part of our journey.

The next step is reassembling the pot, which mirrors how we piece our lives back together after experiencing hardship. It's a reminder that we have the strength and resilience to rebuild, even when it feels like our world has shattered into a thousand pieces.

Finally, the reassembled pot is painted with gold along the joints, highlighting rather than hiding the repairs. This is the essence of Kintsugi and its most powerful message: our scars, struggles, and past do not diminish us. Instead, they make us more beautiful, unique, and resilient. The gold paint symbolises the beauty in our experiences and the lessons we've learned, turning what was once broken into something more precious.

Through the art of Kintsugi, we hope to inspire participants in our LIFTu to Empowerment workshops. We want to show that it's possible to recover from life's challenges and that these experiences can be a source of strength, resilience, and beauty. Like a Kintsugi pot, we are all works in progress, continually learning, growing, and rebuilding. And in our imperfections, we find our true strength and beauty.

Join us on this journey as we LIFTu to Empowerment. Visit the facebook group page here. and Book your place below:


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