Embodied Books Workshop Series

Are you interested in learning a new artistic skill? Do you have experiences with healthcare, illness, disability, caretaking, or other topics related to health? Then please join us for the Embodied Books workshop series!


What: Handcrafting artists' books (fine art in the form of a book) to help us understand illness experiences in more complete or novel ways. This series of workshops is being facilitated by Darian Goldin Stahl, PhD, MFA.

He is conducting this research as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship project with the University of Northern British Columbia. By the end of Embodied Books, he hopes to form a collection of artists’ books that will help future healthcare workers understand patient experiences through the combination of text, image, touch, scent, time, and the gesture of turning pages.

He firmly believes first-person stories are vital to understand medicine from the patient’s perspective, and you can be a part of that progress.

Who: Adults 18+ who agree to participate in the research study are welcome to RSVP for the course, though priority will be given to participants who belong to medically underserved and marginalized populations. No previous experience in art or writing is necessary.

Where: Weekly classes will take place at the Summerland Community Arts Council, 9525 Wharton St, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0.

When:  Saturdays from March 4- April 1 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a total of 5 classes. Participants must commit to attending each class.

Cost: Free! All artistic materials will be provided, and participants are encouraged to incorporate materials from home as well.

Accessibility:Access is a priority. Please let us know what your access requirements are. 

Sign up:Limited spots are available, and participants MUST RSVP BY FEB 28. Please RSVP using the submission box at https://www.embodiedbooks.com/workshops or by email at dariangoldinstahl@gmail.com. You will be asked to complete an intake survey.

Further Information: You can read all about the project and see examples of previous participants' books at https://www.embodiedbooks.com/ . Darian is also happy to answer any questions you may have.