Traveling Postcards is a healing arts workshop that Gives Voice and comfort to survivors of gender violence.
“I wanted to make sure you knew how much I enjoyed facilitating this workshop, but also the experiences I had when I was able so share a postcard with survivors. I’ve shared a couple now, and each time the survivor’s soul lights up. They speak to them in a way that words can’t. I hadn’t realized how tactile the card are- one had jewels and the survivor kept running her hands along the jewels. It truly lets them know they are not alone.”
Traci Cole Sexual assault program family advocacy specialist, YWCA Clark County
The Traveling Postcards workshop is an additional tool for self empowerment, available to existing aid and violence prevention programs working with women around the world. By incorporating the healing arts into support programs, women and girls are given a new channel to heal, feel their hearts again, celebrate their resilience and share their wisdom. No artistic experience needed!
We bring our workshop to domestic violence shelters, rape crises centers, college campuses, refugee centers, military bases, community centers, homes and church basements. We send our cards to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking, and political sexual violence.
Thus far Traveling Postcards has collected and delivered over 2500 handmade postcards carrying voices to and from the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Europe, Costa Rica, Niger, Namibia, Peru, Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and more. Postcards are never mailed, instead they are hand delivered around the world during workshops, in Traveling Heart Bags or on our Shelter to Shelter tours.
Helping women to reconnect to their hearts and to find the strength to speak their truth is where healing and transformation can occur and is the central focus of our work. We find the creative arts to be an invaluable tool in this process.