Healing of Memories Workshop

In partnership with the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa, the CSJR is happy to be able to offer intensive residential weekend Healing of Memories workshops in Quebec.

These workshops have been recognized internationally for over 20 years  for their power to help individuals deal with trauma. The workshops bring together 20 people, who, aided by trained facilitators, use story-telling, artistic expression and other proven methods to reexamine their lives from a healing perspective.

Next workshop : from the 9th to the 11th of October 2020
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The group will be composed by

Women and men from all ages, Indigenous peoples or peoples from different cultures, people who suffered from various wounds, individually or collectively.

Details 2020

During 2020 we will be offering a bilingual workshop (French / English) in Montreal (Pierrefonds) from the 9th to the 11th of October 2020, animated by Michael Lapsley from South Africa.

The workshops will be held at the Villa des Arts et l’Ermitage Ste Croix in Pierrefonds / Montréal. Workshops in English and French will be available.

To discover more about this workshop, see our website in French.


Fees are 300$ for the workshop and 165$ for meals and lodging. However we do not want the cost to be a barrier to your participation.

If you pay the cost of participation before the 15th of June, you will benefit from a reduce fare : 375$.

If you wish to participate but the cost is an issue for you, please contact us. On the other hand if your circumstances permit you may wish to add a solidarity amount to your fees which would be much appreciated.


The CSJR is pleased to count on the following partners:

  • ACAT Canada – Action of Christians for the Abolition of Torture
  • AFPAD – Association of families of murdered or disappeared persons
  • Antennas of Peace
  • The Wampum Center
  • RIVO – Network of intervention for people who have undergone organized violence
  • The Fondation Les Oeuvres Marie-Gérin Lajoie
  • The Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
  • MCC-Quebec (Mennonite Central Committee)

If you wish to become a partner, do not hesitate to contact us.

Learn more

Discover more about the workshop by listening to the commentary (in French) of 2016 participants,  Patrick Byrne, facilitator , Catherine Ego and Julie-Ann Carpini,  in the broadcast Faire justice autrement à Radio VM,  31 jJanuary 2016.

To watch a video on the Institute for Healing of Memories, click here

Healing of Memories workshops are a respectful, safe space. We pose questions for personal reflection that catalyze participants’ ability to get in touch with their feelings and ideas of identity, agency, justice, peace, healing, and reconciliation. The storytelling exercises and discussions raise consciousness of diverse experiences and challenges. We believe that when personal stories are heard and acknowledged, individuals feel healed and empowered. Through deep listening and meaningful sharing, human relationships can be transformed and restored.

Centre de services de justice réparatrice | 7333 rue Saint Denis, Montréal Qc H2R2E5 | 514 933-3737 | csjr@csjr.org 

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