LETTERS OF LOVE: PROJECT GENESIS
The ‘Letters of love’ project began in 2018, when the founder, Negin Chahoud, struggled through early parenthood. Negin remembers this period as a ‘dark and difficult time’. Negin explains;
"In order to find some sort of sanity I started writing letters to my younger-self giving positive quotes, poems and affirmations. This somehow made me feel a little calmer as if the blessings were around me at that moment."
Once Negin acknowledged her inward healing, she began to look outward, ‘It was at this moment I thought this process could possibly help others’.
Negin wanted to create a community, of all races, cultures, genders and ages with a focus on self-healing—combining the power of words and visual expression. Here was the birth of the ‘Letters of Love’ project.
The biography of this project is developing with Australia-wide events thus far and has extended as far as East Timor with six workshops involving mixed demographics. Negin facilitates some events herself though prefers to empower others to enjoy leading groups thus increasing the geographical reach of this project significantly. Negin is especially proud of an event for a Youth Group from Our Lady Queen of Peace alongside Father Paul in East Timor.
Overall, the reaction and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Negin explains;
"I have many cards with beautiful letters, quotes and meaningful words, some funny and some really heart-warming. All postcards have a common thread of the struggles that we all face as individuals. When combined, you have a powerhouse of love, support and most of all a community. This is especially important during our present unified experience of living in the time of a pandemic."
HOW TO BOOK THIS WORKSHOP
Please contact Nationwide Curating if you would like further information pertaining to this workshop package and to include this project in public programing as an example of arts & mental health practices.